Circut instructions for DTF Transfers - How to apply with a Circut by Shinobi Transfers

Finally, a DTF transfer that works perfectly with a circut and lasts through washing. We've created a video along with step by step instructions to ensure that your DTF transfers apply to any garment properly, even when the iron is smaller than the transfer itself! Remember, you cannot OVERPRESS your transfer.

  • Any Garment

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    Your Transfer

  • Circut


1. Position Your Design

There is no requirement to pre-iron your shirt, your transfer will adhere perfectly fine without doing so. Position the transfer in the desired location. Normally it is 3-4 inches down on the front of an adult t-shirts, 2-3 inches down on the front of a youth t-shirt and an inch lower on the back side of the same type of garment. The best way to figure this out is to apply a dtf transfer to one shirt and then try it on. From there, you'll have more confidence when placing it on the rest of your products.

You can also purchase a Pressing Alignment Set for your future orders which gives you placement for various garment types like adult, youth, toddler, infant, and even 2X-6X sizes.


2. Press

Set your circut to 320 degrees and 20 seconds. If that is not hot enough where the transfer is adhering to your shirt, increase it by 15 degrees at a time and try again. You can't overpress your design, so try until you figure out the right settings.

Before pressing, place the parchment paper or a Protective Guard Sheet over the transfer for 20 seconds, pressing down with hard pressure.


3. Let it Cool. Then Peel.

After pressing, let your transfer rest until it is cool to the touch (minimum of 15-30 seconds).  Once cool, lift the transfer from one corner and gently peel back. We have a saying in the dojo, which is, don’t use your hands, use your eyes when peeling to make sure that every piece of your design is adhering to your item. If not, don’t continue peeling and press again using the guidance below. If some or all of the design is not properly transferring AND it was cool when peeling, it means there was not enough heat, pressure, or time. Lay the transfer back down with everything in place, press your transfer again with more pressure and time first(+5 seconds). If that doesn’t work, increase the heat setting until you find the sweet spot. You truly cannot OVERPRESS and damage the transfer itself.


4. Final Press

Place the parchment paper included or a single layer of t-shirt material over the design and press again with the same settings for 20 seconds to soften the design, increase durability, and remove shine.

If you want a shinier finish instead, you can use our Protective Guard Sheet for this result.

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5. How to Wash

For the best care of your garment, it's ideal to wash it inside out with cold water. Since you're using a circuit instead of a heat press, which distributes heat more evenly and with greater pressure, we suggest air drying rather than using a dryer. If you do opt for a dryer, we recommend using a low heat setting and keeping the garment inside out.

It's important to note that everyone's irons, heat settings, and pressure techniques can vary, so it's advisable to conduct some testing to determine the best approach for your specific setup. It's also worth remembering that you cannot apply too much pressure during the transfer process. The more effectively you press the transfers, the greater durability they will have when subjected to washing and drying.

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