ThermoFlex HTV heat Press settings: Printable Charts

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They aren’t found in craft stores, but ThermoFlex, DecoFilm, and other heat transfer vinyls (HTVs) made by Specialty Materials are a favorite of professionals and crafters in-the-know. Specialty Materials makes more than 45 different types of HTV, including heat- and light-sensitive, colored reflective and glow in the dark, and HTV of every finish and color you can imagine.

My favorite thing about Specialty Materials HTV? They make patterned vinyl (ThermoFlex Fashion Patterns) with its own carrier – you cut in mirror image just any other HTV, and you can press it directly, no need for a special carrier/mask!

Anyway, I have had a number of people contact me asking for a time and temperature chart for ThermoFlex and DecoFilm like the ones I created for Cricut and Siser HTV, so I created a set of charts for Specialty Materials products.

Here’s what these charts will show you:

  • Time, temperature and pressure settings for every HTV
  • Peel temperature, re-press instructions and layerability
  • Heat press settings for HTV on nylon fabric
  • Specific instructions for colors and variants (Columbia Blue is a *really* fussy color!)
  • Information about basic fabric compatibility for each HTV type

ThermoFlex and DecoFilm HTV Heat Settings Chart

These charts are available as printable PDFs on our Resource and Download page. Click a preview image or the link to navigate to the page and begin your download.

How to use the ThermoFlex time and temperature charts

The charts are divided into two groups of materials: ThermoFlex HTV and Decorative HTV. This is how these materials are categorized on the Specialty Materials website, and we kept the same categorization for our printable chart.

thermoflex heat settings chart preview image

The header of each chart includes the following columns:

  • HTV style (ie. ThermoFlex Plus Matte, PearlFlex, SubliBlock, etc)
  • Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit
  • Time in seconds
  • Pressure
  • Peel temperature (ie. hot, warm or cold)
  • Re-press time (if and how long you need to apply a second press after you’ve peeled the carrier)
  • Layerable – can the HTV have other layers applied on top of it (yes) or is it top layer only (NO)

ThermoFlex Cut Settings

When using any kind of vinyl, you should always do a test cut before starting your project (I always cut out a little star or triangle in a weeding box). Although manufacturers usually provide cut settings for many different machines, they may not work for your particular model or machine.

Thermoflex Plus test cut samples

Specialty Materials has provided cut settings for Cricut, Silhouette, and Graphtec machines for each of their different HTV types, but I definitely recommend doing a test cut! The Cricut settings for their materials are clearly based on Smart Set Dial settings for the older Explore machines, and I’m also guessing that they tested with an older Cameo machine for the Silhouette settings.

Can you use ThermoFlex HTV with a Cricut EasyPress?

Yes, ThermoFlex and DecoFilm HTV are compatible with the EasyPress. I contacted Specialty Materials to ask if there were any special instructions or adjustments that EasyPress users should be aware of. The company was very helpful and even purchased a new EasyPress 2 to test their HTV, and they reported back that their recommended press settings work with the Cricut heat press the same as they would with a conventional heat press.

To demonstrate, I have a variety of Specialty Materials HTV that I have pressed with an EasyPress2 myself. For all the vinyl I used, the recommended settings worked well.

I pressed a number of samples that I received pre-cut from Specialty Materials:

I also cut and pressed a design made from red and white ThermoFlex Plus Matte, and black ThermoFlex Plus Glossy. Ian cut and pressed a design for himself out of DecoFilm Soft Metallics in silver.

Layered ThermoFlex Plus Matte & Glossy HTV
Layered ThermoFlex Plus Matte & Glossy HTV
DecoFilm Soft Metallic on a pocket
DecoFilm Soft Metallic on a pocket

My tank top design is based on the Netflix show Russian Doll. I used a free font with 2 offsets. Font: Union Gray, downloaded from fontspace.com. I used the condensed style font.

Ian’s elephant patch for his pants pocket, Cricut Design Space Image #MDFB6CA5.

Video: How to press ThermoFlex HTV with a Cricut EasyPress

If you prefer a video tutorial, we recorded a video of the entire test pressing process. We show the press times, temperature, pressure and peel time of every Specialty Materials HTV we pressed.

Final Thoughts

Specialty Materials makes an enormous array of different HTVs and is a favorite of a lot of industry professionals and experienced crafters. If you’re looking for a high quality HTV for everyday use (ThermoFlex Plus, DecoFilm), a specialty project (Reflection Decoration, LuminousFlex, FashionFlex), or rugged athletic or outdoor use (ThermoSport, EconomyFlex, ThermoFlex Xtra), you can find a Specialty Materials product to fit your needs. We hope you find our printable time and temp charts for these HTVs useful!

Thanks again to Specialty Materials for their HTV samples and input into using the EasyPress for applying ThermoFlex and Decofilm HTV!

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