Do you have a Cricut EasyPress and want an easy, at-a-glance, printable time and temperature guide?
Cricut has an online guide that gives recommended time, temperature, and pressure settings for every combination of machine, Iron-On material and base material. It’s comprehensive, BUT, the format requires you to keep your phone or your laptop handy while pressing.
When I’m pressing projects, I’m rarely just using one kind of HTV. Having this Cricut heat press guide for the EasyPress on hand is much easier than having to repeatedly go back to my phone to check time and temp settings. And when I’ve got a lot of cut vinyl laid out ready to press, I don’t have room to have the laptop in the mix too.
Plus. most people use more than just Cricut brand Everyday Iron-on products. There should be a chart for Siser HTV settings with the EasyPress as well.
Printable Heat Press Guides for Cricut and Siser
The PDFs I have compiled for using your EasyPress are available on our Resource Download Page:
(All guides are printable for 8.5 x 11″ paper)
For the sake of providing an easy reference for everyone, I have created a series of free printable time/temperature charts for using your EasyPress 2 with Cricut products (Iron-On vinyl and Infusible Ink) and Siser heat transfer vinyl, since Siser is the most popular brand of HTV.
Time, temperature, and pressure also vary depending on whether you use an EasyPress Mat or a towel, so I have two different sets of charts based on this factor as well.
I have only included values for EasyPress 2 machines because they are the most commonly used. A quick verification indicates that the time and temp values are the same for the original Easy Press.
How to use these charts: Cricut Heat Guides
The first thing you might have noticed about my printable chart (for pressing on the EasyPress mat) is that it’s 5 pages long. That’s a lot larger than many other printable guides out there. Why?
Cricut offers unique settings for 17 different iron-on styles and 17 different base materials (not including their own Cricut blanks). Loading all of that information onto each chart was too much information.
In order to make each chart readable, understandable and easy to use, I broke it up into 5 categories of base materials:
- Garment fabrics (cotton, cotton canvas, poly/cotton, mesh, nylon and polyester)
- Craft fabrics (burlap, faux leather, felt, muslin and neoprene)
- Non fabric materials (cardstock, chipboard, corkboard and wood)
- Cricut blanks (baby bodysuit, cosmetic bag, pillow cover, tote bag, t-shirt, wine bag)
- Infusible Ink settings (settings for Cricut blanks plus infusible ink, marker or transfer sheets)
Overview: How to read the Cricut heat press guide:
Top of page
Here’s where you can see at a glance what materials are covered on this chart. In this case it’s “Garment Fabrics”. You can also tell at a glance that the values are for the EasyPress 2 and the EasyPress mat.
This is important because the time and temperature values can vary significantly depending on whether you are using the EasyPress mat or a towel. That’s why we made 2 sets of charts.
This section shows the specific Iron-On variety in the left hand column, followed by the pressure required. The pressure values are either “firm” or “light” and are generally the same across all base materials. Any exceptions to the stated pressure are noted next to the time and temperature values. The final section in the Menu Bar are the base material names.
The row following the Menu Bar indicates whether or not the base material needs to be flipped and pressed from the back for an additional 15 seconds. With many base materials in the craft fabrics and non-fabric materials, this second press is not required.
The temperature for each different Iron-On and base material combination is given in degrees Fahrenheit. The initial press time is indicated in seconds. If there is an exception to the noted pressure for the given iron-on material, it is noted in brackets next to the time. A dash “–” indicates that the Iron-On and base materials are incompatible according to Cricut.
At the bottom of each sheet there are notes regarding press instructions, carrier sheet peeling and special application instructions. In this case, the notes indicate that all Cricut iron-on should be peeled cold, with the exception of Mosaic. Also noted is special application instructions for Fusible Fabric, and a note to watch for special directions on pressure.
How to use the EasyPress + Siser heat guide
Siser recommends adding 30 degrees Fahrenheit to its press temperatures when using a Cricut EasyPress, so I made a quick temperature guide for all of Siser’s HTVs showing those adjusted values.
The important sections of this chart are the temperature values – as mentioned above, these numbers are Siser’s heat guidelines (for a standard heat press) plus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (as per Siser’s instructions). The other notable section on this chart is the Layerable column. This indicates whether or not other HTV can be layered on top of this vinyl type.
For example, you can layer on top of Siser EasyWeed. But Glitter, Twinkle and Holographic cannot have another layer on top of it, they have to be the top layer.
If you are looking for Siser HTV temperature setting for regular heat presses, check out our other free resources here.