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PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital 15-by-15-Inch Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press, Black
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- Brand New Coated 15"x15" Heat Press Coated Sheet Included
- Voltage:110V Power:1800 W
- Temperature Range:0-500F Time Range:0-999 s
- Electronic time and Heat control: precise time set-up
- Silicon gel base board Pressure adjustable
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Brand new model by Fancier--15-by-15-inch industrial-quality digital heat press with improvements from the previous model, including included coated sheet and coating on the heat platen. The silicon rubber base is now glued down. This heat press is compact and is an upward-opening model, which saves space. Ideal for applying transfers, letters, numbers, and images on t-shirts, garments, bags, mouse mats, jigsaw puzzles, ID bages, ceramic tiles, and other items.
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Immediately after pulling it out of it's box I wiped it down with a cloth to remove dust from storage and got it set up on a small sturdy desk.
A few helpful tips:
1. I suggest placing it somewhere you can get to it from all three sides, it will really help when you need to make sure your design is laid out just right.
2. Always press your garment right before applying any designs to it. This will rid the item of any moisture it may have been exposed to during storage or transit and will get out any unwanted wrinkles.
3. Grab an old shirt you never plan to wear again and use it to test out different time and heat settings. I found that 315 degrees for fifteen seconds is the best standard for all of my applications, it doesn't matter if the vinyl is smooth, flocked, or glitter. This setting has worked perfect for all of my applications and might be a good setting to start with for those of you new to using a heat press. I recommend EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl (I purchase mine from expressionsvinyl.com) and in the item description they will note the best heat and time setting for each specific type of vinyl which may be more helpful.
4. Lastly, many have issues with uneven heating. This is rarely a problem with the machine and more how the garment is placed on it. For instance, if you are applying a precut vinyl design to a comfort colors Tshirt, you'll want to make sure you don't have any of the collar or sleeve seams ( which can be thick) laying on the bottom mat to prevent the top mat from getting a full flat coverage of the bottom mat. I hope this makes sense! Just make sure your garment is as flat and smooth as possible on the bottom mat of the machine and it should turn out great.
If I think of anything else I'll be sure to edit this review. But this should be a good start to help those of you new to this heat press machine. It's a great product and I'm extremely happy with it. Remember, practice makes perfect and when that fails to work there is always YouTube!
This is definitely a lot less effort (with an iron, you have to put a TON of pressure on the vinyl and hold each spot for 10-15 seconds), all you do is clamp it down (low effort) and wait for 10-15 seconds. It is way easier to figure out where the middle point is with your shirt vs doing it on an ironing board. 15 x 15 is a good size, I can do everything from size women's XS to men's XXL and cover the almost entire chest area. I'd say the max you could do would be a men's XXL before you would want to consider a press with bigger plates. I have been able to use this to fix the shirts that I made with an iron (even after I washed those iron on shirts), and it worked perfectly- no peeling! So far, I've washed my shirts 4 times in the washing machine and haven't seen any peeling. This press does come with a heat protective sheet which I would recommend using. I use Siser EasyWeed and am very happy with the results, but it is quite expensive.
Because of it's weight, I would say it is not a very portable item, which means I would not plan on taking this out and putting it away when I'm done. It's too much work and tends to scratch surfaces very easily. I would recommend finding a permanent home for this if you are getting one. I have mine on one of those big Husky tool chests with a handle you can push around. I just wheel it back into the closet when I don't need it, and wheel it out when I want to use it. The drawers are perfect for storing vinyl/ blank t-shirts too!
Word of caution: open the windows when you use this, as there is a very pungent chemical smell when you first start using. I didn't open the windows when I first started and it stunk up the house. I did not feel sick so I don't think it's toxic, but still...very unpleasant. The good news is that the smell will go away with time- each time you use it, it will be a little less intense.
Update (10/1/2016): Some people are saying they are not receiving the original PowerPress they ordered. I can't speak for anyone else but I took a picture of the PowerPress logo on mine. I also added some pictures of shirts that I made. Not sure why the photos are showing up sideways on Amazon when they are showing up in the normal rotation on my computer.
Update (10/10/2016): After about 8-10 washes, the vinyl is starting to wrinkle, but they are not peeling. This is because I'm too lazy to turn my shirts inside out. If you iron the shirts or put it back in the heat press, the wrinkles will go away and it should look like new again.