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Things to look for in a heat press machine

If you’ve ever shopped for a heat press, you probably already know they are quite pricey. But a heat press machine can be a great investment if you’re looking to get started in this craft.

Here are some things to look for when shopping for a heat press machine:

Custom heat transfers

You can make custom heat transfers with a heat press machine. You start by selecting your transfer paper and using the correct temperature settings to heat the material. The machine will then move under the material and apply pressure. The transfer will appear on top of your design, ready to be trimmed and applied to fabric or other materials.

Also, if you want to be able to print your custom designs, make sure that the machine has a built-in design transfer gun. This will help save money on ink and paper costs.

Digital temperature controls

Digital temperature controls allow you to set the temperature at which the machine will function properly without worrying about overheating or burning something. This is especially important if you’re using an iron-on transfer or decal.

Ink dispensing system

If you’re printing large amounts of items at one time, your printer must have an ink dispenser system, so there’s no need to refill ink cartridges manually. The more time you spend waiting while waiting on ink refills can quickly become frustrating!

Even-heat across the platen.

Even heat across the entire surface of the platen is essential in getting consistent results with every garment. All heat presses are not created equal; therefore, it’s essential to ensure that you get an even heat transfer from the top of your garment to the bottom.

If you’re pressing a garment with one side of the platen slightly higher than the other, you’ll end up with a lower-quality finished product. The best heat presses have a heating element evenly distributing heat throughout your garment’s surface. This is especially important when working with delicate fabrics such as silk, cotton and satin because they tend to retain heat longer than other fabrics.

Even pressure.

Pressure is essential when pressing fabrics and even more so when applying pressure to multiple layers of fabric at once. You want consistent pressure across your entire garment, so it doesn’t shrink at any point in its journey through the press. This will help make sure there are no wrinkles or creases in your finished piece. It should handle all fabrics but not so much that it is uncomfortable for you or your customers.

Easy to position garment

You’ll want to easily adjust your press settings as necessary so that you can get consistent results with all of your garments. If it’s difficult to position your garment on the machine, then it’s more likely that you’ll get uneven results. The best heat presses have adjustments for height, temperature and pressure settings, which make them much easier to use than models that don’t have these features.

Some machines have wheels on their base that allow them to be moved from one side of the machine to another without having to lift any heavy components first (like those on Sears brand models). A good machine should come with these wheels already installed, so if yours does not have them, then consider purchasing one of these machines instead for ease of use!