Tracy Takes On…. “I’m Confused, Tell me What I Need?” Part VI

tracytakesonWell… these blogs are turning into a Michael Meyers, Halloween Part 185 type thing, aren’t they? They keep coming back to haunt us with more useless knowledge.

Now, what else is left?

Oh yes, vinyl transfers. You will need a vinyl cutter to cut the material and a heat press to apply it. You can find vinyl in a wide range of colors, prints, glitters, fluorescents, reflectives, puffs, and so on. There are different vinyls for different substrates – from nylon and cotton to spandex and polyester. Vinyl is very popular in the athletic apparel market, in applying pre-cut names, numbers and logos to athletic jerseys.

I kicked Negative Nancy and Positive Peter out on this part of my blog… I told them that I’m more than capable of handling vinyl all by myself. Vinyl is one of my favorite materials to work with.

The biggest CON to this material is you have to weed it! Weeding can be a very tedious job if you have small/detailed images. It could be enough to cause you to throw that roll out into the middle of oncoming traffic!

One trick to help with weeding those tough finishes (glitters for instance) is to roll that piece of cut material backward. By rolling it, it will make your cut lines more prominent and will allow you to at least get it started with ease. Once you get it started, it’s much easier to keep it going. So take a deep breath , get your weeder & get started!

Now don’t get me wrong, weeding can be tough to get through but there are so many great PROS to using transfer vinyls. It is a very durable material, it’s easily customizable, the perfect material to use for small order runs, and works wonders for those one color images and logos and it really works well when you can utilize the color of the shirt as part of the image itself.

Layering the vinyl is also another great positive. You can either layer it directly onto each other or depending on how good you are with your design programs, you can layer them around each other by setting up different layers for cutting the vinyl colors out.
Just keep these couple little tidbits in the back of your mind when thinking about layering.

1. When layering, try to keep the materials in the same family. So Easyweed with Easyweed and DigiCut with Digicut. Mixing and matching can cause some unwanted headaches.

2. If you’re going to layer the material directly on top of each other, then press your first layer using less time than normal. Think about half the normal pressing time for that first layer. Then the second layer, press it using the normal time/temp.

So, there you have it. That’s the last of the series in Coastal trying to “Keep it Real” in addressing the things not everyone likes to point out. How did we do?

If you have any additional questions, or want to throw in any feedback or tips – leave us a comment!