How to Heat Press Bags

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The Machine:

The MAXX Heat Press is offered in 3 different sizes with a digital time and temperature display and would be a great press for vinyl bags and all other heat press requirements. This model is Stahls most affordable press; made in the USA.  You have the option of buying smaller platens, so that your bag can fit securely and snug, but it isn’t required.  The MAXX has a wide opening for easy layout/alignment, making it that much easier to use.

The Design:

There are stock designs that you can purchase from Stahls or Horizon Products.  Horizon Products will specialize in more of your custom design needs.   If you plan on creating your own designs there are plenty of creative supplies to choose from:  rhinestones, heat transfer vinyl, flock transfers, and screen printed transfers.

CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator are the two most popular design softwares.  Once you learn how to use the software your designs can be used with vinyl cutters, printer cutters and you’ll have images that are 100% original.

The Bag:

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Choose the type of bag that will best suit your clients. Totes, grocery/shopping, sport/gym bags and  backpacks are the more popular choices.  Make sure that you check the materials of your bags since they range from cotton, linen, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and recycled.  You want your design to be compatible with your bag shape and fabric.  Keep in mind that recycled bags have a low melting point, so be sure to keep the heat under 300 degrees Fahrenheit and for only a few seconds…your materials will have to fit within those specifications as well.  Thermoflex Xtra seems to be the best vinyl for recycled heat press bags.

Mission Imprintables offers a wide variety of wholesale bags to make purchasing easier and more affordable.

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All About the Accessories:

Teflon cover sheets that are 5ml thick.  Mclogan’s makes it a priority to get Teflon sheets that are made in the USA and thicker than the average 3ml sheets.  The 3ml sheets go bad after a few presses.  The 5ml sheets disperse heat evenly, are long lasting and ensure that your materials don’t get stuck to your platen.

Heat transfer pillows made with 5ml Teflon to help absorb seams, zippers, collars or buttons.  These pillows help to raise the fabric, so the heat will go evenly where needed.

Quick slip top platen covers these covers make it so much easier to clean your platens, disperse the heat evenly, and further protect your press. Heat presses have two platens, a top platen and a bottom platen.  The top platen will administer the heat, while the bottom platen will hold your garment.

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