Let’s Talk Tri-Blends (Plus a Brother ScanNCut2 Scan to Cut Data Tutorial!)

Cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, and leather are the typical fabrics listed under most Siser heat transfer vinyl application instructions. But, I’m going to let you in on a secret: Siser HTV can go on much more than those fabrics! However if we listed every. single. material. that Siser HTV can be applied to you’d be hard pressed to find application instructions amidst a sea of material types. Included on that secret list of Siser HTV safe materials are tri-blends.

Tri-blends are the ultimate combination of cotton, polyester, and rayon(AKA viscose.) This triple threat t-shirt is breathable, soft, and has a flattering finish. An easy way to spot a tri-blend is by the variegated shades. While not quite thin enough to be a burn out t-shirt, tri-blends aren’t one solid color.

Close up view of a tri-blend t-shirt

Despite the fabric difference, Siser HTV application instructions are business as usual for Tri-Blends. The recommended application instructions for any Siser HTV will give you the best application on tri-blends. No changes necessary! Some other fabrics Siser HTV is safe to be applied to, but are unlisted are: denim, bamboo, hemp, velour, fleece, and burlap.

So can you apply Siser HTV to tri-blends? Yes! Keep reading to see how we apply EasyWeed™ to a tri-blend. Plus learn how to create a cut file from scanned text with the Brother ScanNCut2!

How to Scan and Cut Text with the Brother ScanNCut2

The supplies needed for this EasyWeed™ T-shirt

While the Brother ScanNCut2 has convenient pre-loaded fonts, I’m a font junkie and I like to be able to change it up often. So to be able to use a font that’s not saved on the ScanNCut, you can create a text document with your desired font, and scan a copy of it with the Brother ScanNCut to create a cut file!

When creating your text document it’s important to choose a font that’s not too skinny. The lines need to be thick so 1: the scanner will detect them and 2: the cut lines won’t be too skinny for your cutter. I’m using the font Book Antiqua which usually would be too thin, but choosing the “Bold” option thickened the lines enough for scanning. I placed my document on the ScanNCut Medium Tack mat. If you have the Low Tack mat that would be even better to use, however the Scanning Mat is the best for cases like these. But any of the listed mats will work, so once you have it stuck on, load the mat into the cutter.

Select Scan on the Brother ScanNCut2

Select “Scan”

Select Scan to Cut Data on the Brother ScanNCut2

Select “Scan to Cut Data”

 

 

 

 

Scanning a document copy with the Brother ScanNCut2

Make sure there is enough space in front and behind the ScanNCut 2 for the mat to go all the way through and back out.

Editing cut lines on scanned document

Select the highlighted option to recognize cut lines inside and outside the shapes.

From here you can fine tune your scanned image. If you have varying shades of color in your image you may need to select the gradient bar option to adjust the range of colors the ScanNCut recognizes and converts to cut paths. My font is black, so I had no problems with colors, however I did need to use the “Ignore Object Size” function. This function tells the ScanNCut that everything below a certain object size is not considered a cut path

Select Ignore Object Size on BrotherScanNCut2

Select “Ignore Object Size” to adjust the object size that is recognized and converted to cut lines.

Adjust the object size that is recognized as a cut line

Use the plus and minus options to adjust the object size that will be recognized. Use the zoom option to inspect your cut file.

I lowered the size until I could see the dots of the “I’s” and the insides of the “e’s” were recognized.

Object size is too high to recognize cavities

Before lowering “Ignore Object Size.”

Object size is low enough to recognize cavities

After lowering “Ignore Object Size.”

Now that the cut file is properly set up you can save it directly to the cutter or on a flash drive. I saved mine to the machine and then went back to the home screen so I could navigate to my file. After opening it I can adjust the size and mirror my image.

Mirror image and adjust image size

The Mirror Image option is highlighted in purple.

This file is ready to go! What once started as a piece of paper is now a complete cut file. So let’s turn that cut file into an EasyWeed™ t-shirt!

Place EasyWeed on the Standard Mat with the carrier side face down. Cut settings for EasyWeed on the Brother Scan N Cut are Blade: 2, Cut Speed: 1, Cut pressure: 2. Load the mat into the Brother ScanNCut2 and select the “Start/Stop” button. When the machine is finished cutting, unload the mat, and weed away the extra vinyl to reveal your words!

Placing EasyWeed HTV on the Standard Mat Weeding Siser EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl
Like I mentioned earlier, application instructions don’t vary when it comes to applying on tri-blends. Set your heat press to 305°F with medium pressure. Pre-press your garment for 2-3 seconds. Then set up your EasyWeed transfers, cover with a heat transfer cover sheet, and press for 15 seconds. Peel the carrier hot or cold.
Peeling EasyWeed carrier hot


Peeling EasyWeed’s carrier hot.

Peeling EasyWeed carrier cold



Peeling EasyWeed’s carrier cold.

Heat applying on tri-blends is easy peasy! Plus I can’t wait to use the Brother ScanNCut2’s Scan to Cut Data feature for more projects! If you have any questions about this post please leave them in the comments 🙂

A tri-blend t-shirt decorated with Siser EasyWeed HTV
Lily Campau

If you think you're limited to the pre-loaded fonts on the Brother ScanNCut2, well think again! You can use almost any font by using the Scan to Cut Data feature! We'll show you step by step how to transform a copied document to a cut file to a heat transfer vinyl t-shirt!
By | 2017-02-21T15:50:24+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Informational|53 Comments

About the Author:

Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. While relatively new to Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily has embraced the methods and materials and delivers creative content week after week!

53 Comments

  1. Astrid August 31, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

    This is the first mention I’ve seen of using Siser HTV on rayon. What about a shirt with 50%, 90% or higher rayon fabric?

    I seem to prefer shirts made with rayon, as it is always what I gravitate towards in stores, and my closet is full of it. I assume that EasyWeed Stretch would work on it but I just started using vinyl and I haven’t purchased any yet.

    • Lily Campau September 1, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Astrid, a shirt with 50-100% rayon will be fine for heat application. EasyWeed™ Stretch is a great choice, but you could really choose any Siser heat transfer vinyl. Just follow the application and washing instructions.

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  3. Sara K. June 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    If I am applying the easyweed HTV to cotton/poly blend, what should my temperature of my heat press be? I have had my designs to detach in the dryer over time or after one wash. This breaks my heart after making my toddler tshirts. Thank yku

  4. Susanne Dalton June 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I have a customer that likes the 95% Rayon 5% Spandex shirts. Can you do heat transfers on those and if so which HTV should I use and at what temp, and length of time? Thank you in advance

    • Lily June 16, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Susanne, EasyWeed™ Stretch would be your best choice for 95% rayon 5% spandex shirts. The standard suggested time (15 seconds), temperature (305°F), and pressure (medium/firm) can be used. However, keep in mind that due to the nature of the material rayon may discolor from high heat.

  5. Erin June 22, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    What about Poly/Viscose blends? I’m looking for what to apply to a “muscle shirt that is Poly/Viscose 65/35 and 52/48?

    • Lily June 22, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hi Erin! EasyWeed™ and other Siser products can be applied to poly/viscose blends with their standard application settings.

  6. Melissa July 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I have a shirt that is 95% Bamboo and 5% Spandex, can I do a heat press design on this shirt?

    • Lily July 19, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Hi Melissa, EasyWeed™ will work on a 95% bamboo 5% spandex shirt, but because of the spandex EasyWeed™ Stretch would be your best option.

  7. Ashley August 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    For Rayon blend shirts, what is your recommendation for heating on HTV if you are using an iron instead of a heat press?

    • Lily August 30, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Ashley, we typically recommend the Cotton setting on an iron to apply most of our HTV. We’ve found this setting works fine for applying on rayon as well.

  8. Lauren Robertson September 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    What about a 50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon triblend tee? Would the Siser easy weed or the stretch be better on that fabric?

    • Lily September 5, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi Lauren! With a triblend t-shirt it’s really your preference since either product will adhere nicely. EasyWeed® Stretch is my personal preference since the matte finish makes it a little bit softer, and the super thin HTV blends with the soft t-shirt.

  9. Erica September 9, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Hi, Do you suggest using glitter htv on a 96%rayon,4% spandex shirt? I made two shirts at 320 degrees and worried they’ll fall apart in the washer. What temp would you suggest to use for the glitter on these shirts? Thanks

    • Lily September 11, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi Erica, the shirts will hold up fine in the wash when applied at 320°F for 10-15 seconds with medium pressure. However, if you’re worried about the shirts you can lower the temperature to 280°F, but you’ll need to increase the overall pressing time to 20-25 seconds to make up for the lower heat.

  10. Julie September 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I want to know what material you can not put the glitter vinyl on…

    • Lily September 15, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Hi Julie! The most common fabrics with inconsistent wash results are nylon and neoprene. We would not recommend applying Glitter HTV to these fabrics.

  11. Jordyn September 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Will it work on a 65/35 poly cotton blend

    • Lily September 19, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Jordyn, it sure will! You may want to heat apply a small piece of HTV to an inconspicuous area of the garment to test for dye migration which can occur with polyesters.

      • sotskyremirez@gmail.com December 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        Hey Lily – I’m trying to transfer to this blend and I can’t get it to transfer/stick…what am I doing wrong…prewash?

        • Lily December 4, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

          Hello! What are your time, temperature, and pressure settings at? Also which HTV are you trying to apply? Often when the application settings are correct and the HTV is not sticking then there is a pressure problem. But if you pre-washed the shirt in liquid fabric softener then HTV will not stick. A pre-wash is not necessary to apply HTV.

  12. Rachel September 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I have a shirt that is 95% Viscose and 5% Spandex, can I apply Easyweed or Glitter HTV to this?

    • Lily September 20, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hi Rachel! Yes, you can! Viscose reacts to heat similarly to rayon, so you may want to peek at this blog post before heat applying.

  13. Doris September 22, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    How well does HTV hold upon burlap garden flags?

    • Lily September 25, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Hi Doris! HTV holds well on burlap, however HTV is not made to withstand consistent exposure to outdoor elements, so the longevity of the product is not as predictable.

  14. Maria October 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    What about a fabric Content: 65% Rayon, 30% Nylon & 5% Spandex… I use mostly the stretch but any advice on temp and duration to advoid the shine? TIA

  15. Kristen October 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Lily! Can easyweed be applied to a a poly/linen blend?

  16. Donna October 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I am planning to apply htv to children’s tee shirts that are 100% cotton jersey. Would the regular Siser EasyWeed work for this or would it need to be the EasyWeed Stretch since it’s jersey. I am confused! ha! Thank you!

    • Lily October 24, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Hi Donna! Either one will work fine 🙂

  17. Kari October 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Im trying to use Glitter Easyweed and regular easyweed on black cotton socks. I did a pair and my heat press looks like it kinda burned them some or something. They are shiny now on the back. I had a heat press pillow in them and a teflon sheet in between like your suppose too.. Do you have any ideas?? Im still searching.. Thank you!!!

    • Lily October 24, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hi Kari! What temperature did you press the socks and for how long?

  18. Jessra October 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Can you heat press 54% cotton , 38% Modal®, 8% spandex?

  19. Jackie November 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I already have the siser Easyweed HTV however my shirt is 54% cotton , 38% Modal®, 8% spandex, Will this still work if applied with an iron or do I need the stretch vinyl?

    • Lily November 9, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Hi Jackie, EasyWeed® will still adhere, however EasyWeed® Stretch would give you the best results with the spandex.

  20. Nicole Tomblin November 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Hi! What about Siser glitter on 52% Linen 48% polyester?

  21. Lia December 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Hello- do your suggestions apply to Modal material also? If not what do you recommend for HTV and settings for shirts with modal?

  22. Danielle December 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Hello. A co worker has asked for me to add her daughters name, in HTV, to a velour stocking. Is this a good idea? I’d love to help, but don’t want to ruin the stocking. Thanks!

    • Lily December 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Danielle! Yes, you can customize the stocking with HTV. If you’re concerned the fabric is heat sensitive follow these tips. Also, with velour/velvet you may notice the fibers get pressed down during application. They can be fluffed back up after to bring back the usual texture though!

  23. Lesley Ann December 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    What heat setting would you recommend for a shirt that is 63 poly/32 rayon/5 spandex?

    • Lily December 20, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Hi Lesley! You might be able to get away with regular application settings, but I’d recommend test pressing an inconspicuous part of the garment at the higher temperature first to see if it discolors from the heat. If so, follow the tips in this blog post for best results. Polyester and rayon can be heat sensitive, so this blog post may be helpful as well.

  24. Angela Hopkins December 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I used easyweed on a triblend and the vinyl just fell off… just after wearing… I’ve never had that happen before. Should I have used the stretch?

    • Lily December 28, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Hi Angela! EasyWeed® or Stretch will work on a triblend. If the vinyl fell of, it may be a reaction to any liquid fabric softeners used on the garment before or after applying the HTV. However if that’s not the case, can you please share your application settings? We often find when the temperature and time are correct, the pressure is causing the problem. This blog post explains how to achieve proper pressure. If these solutions still don’t help, please feel free to email me at Lily.Campau@SiserNA.com and we’ll sort it out!

  25. Kerry December 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    What would you recommend for denim?

    • Lily January 3, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Hi Kerry! Denim is a pretty sturdy fabric, so the usual recommended application settings can be used depending on which HTV you choose. We’ve put Glitter, StripFlock®, and EasyWeed™ materials on jeans before without a problem.

  26. Melissa January 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Hey Lily! I’m pressing a 65% polyester, 35% viscose tank & have no problem getting the Easyweed to apply, but I’m getting a shine from where the shirt rests on the platen. Do you think that this is a heat issue & I need to lower the temp?

    • Lily January 10, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Hi Melissa! Viscose is very similar to rayon since they both can take on a sheen after heat application. You may want to try the application process for rayon outlined in this blog post that uses a lower temperature to avoid heat marks. However, sometimes the sheen is unavoidable. In that case, you can press the rest of the garment so the sheen is at least uniform.

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