Outerwear continues to be a big trend in the imprintables market. That’s why we added our Unisex Lightweight Bomber jacket to the Fast Fashion collection a few months ago. Most bomber jackets are thick and have several linings, but ours is made with only one simple, nylon layer, meaning you can wear it all year round! Since nylon is a newer fabric to the blanks industry, we spent a long time perfecting the design and testing it to ensure it’s ready for all kinds of printing and embellishments. And that brings us to this post, where we teamed up with our friends at Stahls to get all the details about heat transfer on nylon. Keep reading to find out how simple it is!
Generally, the biggest concern when heat transfer on nylon is scorching and ruining the finish of the nylon fabric. And the magic number you most often have to keep in mind is 320 degrees. For most nylon products, you will want to keep your temperature below that number. But, as John points out in the video below, the quality of the BELLA+CANVAS bomber jacket is so high that it holds up well under that temperature using the Stahls products. With that said, please ensure you do your own testing to determine the best temperature that works with your machine and application.
Another great feature of our bomber is that it’s single lined. This is really important for a variety of decorating techniques, but when it comes to heat printing, it’s great because it doesn’t slide around on the machine.
Here are step-by-step instructions from Stahls for heat transfer on nylon:
- Set the Hotronix® FUSION IQ™ Heat Press to 320 degrees (in the video above, John used the 6 x 10 quick change platen for the left-chest print)
- Thread the product onto the machine to ensure even pressure
- Quickly press the garment to smooth out the wrinkles
- Place the CAD-CUT® GORILLA GRIP® II Heat Transfer Vinyl in the correct spot
- Press for 2 – 5 seconds
- Wait for the application to cool, then peel off the carrier paper, which should easily detach from the design on the product
- Cover and seal with a cover sheet
- Press for another 12 seconds to cure the application
Be sure to check out the application instructions for each vinyl on the Stahls website HERE. Happy printing!