How to Cut and Apply EasyWeed® Adhesive HTV
If you look for the sunshine through the clouds you’ll likely find the bright side! If you apply EasyWeed® Adhesive to your project, you may find it too! The cloudy appearance of EasyWeed Adhesive turns clear when applied and becomes bright like the sun when you add a screen printing foil on top. Keep reading for how you can make shining shirts with EasyWeed Adhesive!
Step 1: Cutting EasyWeed Adhesive
Just like the materials in the EasyWeed Family, EasyWeed Adhesive has a carrier side and a material side. The carrier side is noticeably smoother and shinier than the material side. Now you may notice the material side looks like it doesn’t have any, well, material. That’s because it’s simply a layer of mostly transparent glue. Not just any glue though, EasyWeed Adhesive! EasyWeed Adhesive can be used with screen printing foils as well as fabrics and other materials that lend themselves to adhesion.
EasyWeed Adhesive can be cut on any vinyl cutter and requires the typical steps before cutting Siser® heat transfer vinyl. Make sure to mirror your design, place the carrier side face down on the cutting mat, and be sure to test cut before cutting a full design. How old your blade is and how
used loved it is will effect your blade and cut settings, so make sure your blade produces a good cut with our suggested settings or make some adjustments.
Step 2: Weeding EasyWeed Adhesive
When it comes to weeding EasyWeed Adhesive you may drive yourself crazy trying to weed it on top of a light colored surface.
Instead, weed on top of a dark table or place a dark piece of paper or fabric behind the material so you can identify the cut lines.
Start by weeding the outside of the material by hooking your Siser Weeder into a corner and separating the excess material from the carrier.
We wouldn’t call it EasyWeed Adhesive for nothing! This material weeds simply like any other EasyWeed material!
Once you can see the design of your outline, weed out any cavities in the design.
When I think I’ve got all my excess adhesive removed I like to flip my design over and inspect it from the carrier side to make sure I really got it all.
Step 3: Heat Applying EasyWeed Adhesive
When your certain it’s weeded perfectly you can prepare to heat apply! Heat Press Settings for EasyWeed Adhesive HTV are: Temperature: 275°F/135°C, Pressure: Medium. Start by preheating your garment for 2-3 seconds so you have a wrinkle and moisture free area to apply to. Place the adhesive with the carrier side face up, cover with a heat transfer cover sheet, and press for 5 seconds. Leave the garment on the heat press and peel the carrier hot. You’ll notice the shiny, clear adhesive is left behind.
Now you’ll add the top layer material. In this case it’s a screen printing foil. Cut a piece large enough to cover your design. Place the piece of foil on top of the EasyWeed Adhesive with the color side up. Recover with your heat transfer cover sheet and press for 10 seconds. Notice how the adhesive has gripped the foil after pressing.
Before excitedly peeling off the foil, remove the garment from the heat press and wait until the foil is cool to the touch. Your patience will be rewarded with a shiny, super cool garment!
You may notice small gaps in the foil on your garment, that’s because screen printing foils don’t actually offer full coverage color. It’s normal for small pieces to get left behind on the foil sheet. This gives the foil a bit of a distressed look that’s very popular. If you want an even more distressed look, crumple the foil before heat application. If you want to fill in the gaps, use another color of foil!
I love the way this shirt turned out, and I can’t wait to see all the creative ways you use EasyWeed Adhesive HTV! Contact your Authorized Distributor to purchase this awesome product! If you need to find a distributor or you have questions about EasyWeed Adhesive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.