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How to Prevent Heat Transfer Vinyl Peeling off Shirts

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"Why is my HTV peeling off?!" 😡 Peeling HTV is such a frustrating problem for many t shirt makers, so in this tutorial here are the best tips to prevent HTV from peeling off shirts.

Use High Quality HTV

Purchase heat transfer vinyl from a reputable source to ensure you are getting the best HTV to use for shirts. Old or low quality HTV will not give you consistent results. One of our favorite HTV to use is Siser Easyweed.

The t shirt design we're using is one from the Ultimate Tshirt SVG Bundle (there are 145 more SVG designs in the bundle!).

Follow Manufacturer Instructions for Pressing HTV

This goes without saying (but we're going to anyway) always follow manufacturer instructions for how to press heat transfer vinyl. Each brand is different and each type of HTV (glitter, stretch, etc) within each brand may have it's own set of pressing instructions.

Use a Pressing Pillow

Inadequate pressure is one of the biggest reasons why HTV peels off shirts. Using a pressing pillow when pressing HTV onto shirts in a heat press helps provide more even and consistent pressure for better results.

Check out the following blog post: How to Use a Pressing Pillow

How to Wash HTV Vinyl Shirts

Laundering your shirts with HTV on them correctly will help prevent the HTV from peeling. Here are care instructions for Siser Easyweed (check with your brand of HTV for care instructions, but they are likely very similar):

  1. Wait 24 hours before first wash

  2. Wash inside out

  3. Machine wash warm or cold with mild detergent

  4. Do not bleach, dry clean, or use liquid fabric softener

  5. Dry on low dryer setting (or better yet, air dry!)

Use these tips together to prevent heat transfer vinyl from peeling off your shirts and have fun creating!

Don’t forget to grab the best HTV t shirt designs from the Ultimate Tshirt SVG Bundle!



- December 19, 2022

thanks for all the great hints.

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