Applying DTF Transfers with an Iron by Shinobi Transfers

Finally, a DTF transfer that works perfectly with an iron 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

  • Iron


1. Position Your Design

You don't need to pre-iron your shirt; the transfer will adhere just fine without it. Now, position the transfer where you want it. Typically, for adult t-shirts, it's around 3-4 inches down on the front, for youth t-shirts, it's 2-3 inches down on the front, and about an inch lower on the back of the same type of garment. To get the perfect placement, a helpful trick is to apply a DTF transfer to one shirt and try it on. This will give you more confidence when positioning it on your other items.

2. Press

Select an appropriate iron setting that corresponds to the material you are working with. If the transfer is not adhering as desired, consider incrementally raising the temperature toward the cotton/linen setting while ensuring the garment's safety. Before exerting pressure, place a Protective Guard Sheet or a sheet of parchment paper over the transfer for 20 seconds, applying firm downward pressure.

3. Hot Peel

After completing the pressing process, use a cloth to wipe over your transfer, and then proceed with the peeling step. Here's a tip: start by lifting the transfer from one corner and gently peel it back. As you do this, carefully inspect with your eyes to ensure that every element of your design adheres to your garment. Should you spot any areas that aren't adhering properly, refrain from continuing the peeling process and instead follow these steps.

If you notice that some or all of the design hasn't transferred correctly during peeling, it suggests that there may not have been enough heat, pressure, or time applied. To address this, reposition the transfer with all components in their original places, and then press it again, this time with increased pressure and an additional 5 seconds of time. If this doesn't yield the desired outcome, consider adjusting the heat setting incrementally until you find the optimal temperature. It's important to note that you cannot overpress and damage the transfer itself.

4. Final Press

To enhance texture and durability, add a Teflon sheet, parchment paper, or a layer of t-shirt fabric on top. Increase the pressure and press for an additional 15 seconds.

5. How to Wash

For best results, it's recommended to wash your item inside out using cold water. Since you're using an iron instead of a heat press, which applies heat more evenly with greater pressure, it's advisable to opt for air drying rather than using a dryer. If you choose to use a dryer, use a low heat setting and keep the item inside out.

Keep in mind that the performance of irons can vary in terms of heat and pressure, so it's important to conduct tests to determine what works best for your specific setup. It's worth noting that you cannot over-apply pressure during the pressing process. The more thoroughly you press your transfers, the greater durability they'll have when subjected to washing and drying.

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