How to Use a Heat Press Machine Step-by-Step Directions

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How to Use a Heat Press Machine Step-by-Step Directions
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Heat press machines are used to transfer designs to fabrics, vinyl and shoes. Certain types of plastics, woods and metals can also be decorated using a heat press machine. The use of heat press machines benefits crafters, designers, decorators, advertisers and entrepreneurs. Anyone who is interested in crafting, design or even advertising should learn how to use a heat press machine.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Plug the heat press machine into a grounded electrical socket. Raise up the lift arm attached to the upper transfer plate. Turn the power switch on.

  2. 2

    Using the required temperature and pressure settings needed for a successful heat transfer on the material and applique, set the temperature and pressure on the heat press machine. Select the temperature that you would like to use by first pressing the mode button so that temp is flashing. Using the [+] button to increase or the [-] button to decrease the numbers to the desired temperature.

  3. 3

    Press the mode button again so that the timer is flashing. Use the [+] to increase the time and [-] to decrease the time needed for the actual heat transfer process. Press the mode button once to exit the timer and return to print mode after you have finished selecting your desired time. No lights will be lit up on the screen.

  4. 4

    Turn the pressure knob to the right to increase the pressure and turn the knob to the left to decrease the pressure.

  5. 5

    Place the material on the lower heat plate, place the applique on the material. Lower the upper press plate onto the applique and material on the lower press plate. The press arm will lock into position until the press is complete.

  6. 6

    Raise the lift arm up when the timer sounds indicating the heat transfer is complete. Remove the material off of the heat press. Lay on a flat surface to cool.

Tips and warnings

  • Not selecting the appropriate temperature, pressure and timer settings can ruin or cause a weak bond between the material and applique. Follow all instructions on the applique and the material to ensure a successful heat transfer.

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