What You Need to Know About Mini Heat Presses for Crafting

Size does matter when working with heat.

byLauren West-Rosenthal| PUBLISHED Dec 23, 2020 10:01 PM
What You Need to Know About Mini Heat Presses for Crafting
If you can design it, you can make it with a heat press and vinyl. Cricut

When investing in a heat press for your vinyl projects, there’s more to consider than temperature. You need a heat press that’s the right size for the dimensions you’re working with, as well as one that emits the right amount of heat for the fabric you’re working with. Here’s what you need to consider to create projects that will look great and last.

Provides professional iron on results in 60 seconds or less.

The size of your press’ heat plate matters. A heat plate that’s too big won’t work for small projects and will be an awkward fit. If the size of the material you’re working with is too small for the heat plate, it may need multiple presses over the same spot and over-process the iron-on materials.

Features three heat settings, plus an insulated safety base and auto shutoff.

When using a heat press, be sure to place it on a firm, flat and solid surface that is heat resistant. This includes a marble-top kitchen island or wooden craft table. Don’t use a flimsy table or unsteady ironing board. And, always protect your surface with a pressing mat that’s equal or larger in size than your heat press machine.

Features a ceramic coated heat plate for dry, even, edge to edge heat.

Choosing a mini heat press with different heat settings is important if the projects you work on vary. Use a low setting for heat sensitive or lightweight fabrics. The medium setting is preferred for heat transfers onto vinyl (but will work well on almost any fabric type). Finally, the high setting is a great option for projects that require infusible ink.