Why WALAKut HTV should be on your must-try list for 2024

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If you’ve been making HTV/iron-on projects with your Cricut or Silhouette machine, you might not have heard yet about a vinyl brand called WALAKut. It’s the house brand offered by Heat Transfer Warehouse, and I’m going to show you an overview of the different WALAKut varieties, highlighting the unique features I love about this HTV.

What really sets WALKut apart as a brand is the overall lower application temperature and time requirements compared to other popular HTV brands. This makes WALAKut HTV a great choice for making projects on delicate fabrics and synthetic blends, particularly the types of lightweight stretchy shirts popular in women’s wear. Another plus? WALAKut has some incredible specialty HTV like Puff, Silicone, and super cool patterns that cut and apply like any other HTV (no mask required!).

It’s also a smart choice for people making HTV projects in large quantities, as it’s easy to cut and weed, presses quickly, and is budget-friendly.

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WALAKut Express

  • Low temp HTV (250ºF-305ºF) with fast press time (5 seconds)
  • Comparable to Siser EasyWeed for ease of cutting, weeding and layering
  • Great for polyester, delicates and blended fabric
  • Matte finish HTV, available in 19 colors

Express is WALAKut’s flagship HTV. It is comparable in quality and appearance to Siser EasyWeed or ThermoFlex Plus. What sets it apart from these other brands is its low application temperature and time. You can apply WALAKut Express at 250ºF for just 5 seconds! This makes it an excellent HTV choice for delicate fabrics and for layering.

As an example, I have applied WALAKut Express in black, yellow, orange and white to this lightweight, stretchy poly/cotton blend shirt. Despite being 4 colors, the design is only 2 layers deep, keeping it soft and flexible, and it was incredibly easy to cut and apply.

WALAKut Express HTV layered in 4 colors on women's tri-blend t-shirt
HTW: You can apply WALAKut Express at 250ºF. Me:

WALAKut Express vs Siser Easyweed

Most people are familiar with Siser HTV as a benchmark, so I will use it as a comparison to WK Express. Express has a matte finish, EasyWeed is semi-gloss by default (though there are some matte colors). Both products are 90 microns thick and have a sticky carrier sheet, allowing repositioning.

As mentioned earlier, Express can be applied at 250º–305ºF for as little as 5 seconds. EasyWeed has a basic application temperature of 305ºF (335ºF with a Cricut EasyPress). Both products can be layered, and even layered together in the same project!

Cutting and Weeding WALAKut Express

My experience with WALAKut Express is that it cuts just as easily as its counterpart from Siser. WK Express comes in 12″ sheets and rolls, making it perfect for craft cutters like Cricut and Silhouette machines. The recommended cut setting for Cricut machines is just basic iron-on. (Silhouette settings: heat transfer, smooth; blade 3, speed 8, force 6).

WALAKut Express has a clear, sticky carrier sheet that holds the vinyl pretty tenaciously, so while it weeds very cleanly, I find that sometimes I have to use a bit of strength to get the excess vinyl off the carrier. The sticky carrier is a real benefit if you are doing fine detail work and you accidentally weed off some important bit. You can easily move or reposition vinyl on the carrier and it will hold fast until you press.

WALAKut Express price

Price comparison: WALAKut Express is only sold through Heat Transfer Warehouse, and it averages less than $3 per square foot (12″ x 12″).

Express is available in 3 or 5 foot rolls, as well as larger quantities like 5, 10, 25 and 50 yard rolls, starting at $7 per yard. For comparison, Heat Transfer Warehouse also sells rolls of Easyweed starting at $8.49 per yard.

Heat Transfer Warehouse’s prices are miles better than big box retailers like Joann or Michaels, who offer Siser HTV for $18–$22 per yard.

LengthWALAKut Express
12″ x 12″$3 ($3 per square foot)
12″ x 36″ (1 yard)$7 ($2.33 per sq. foot)
12″ x 60″ (5 feet)$11.50 ($2.30 per sq. foot)
12″ x 5 yards $32.50 ($2.16 per sq. foot)
12″ x 10 yards$60.00 ($2.00 per sq. foot)
12″ x 25 yards$135.00 ($1.80 per sq. foot)
12″ x 50 yards$255.00 ($1.70 per sq. foot)

WALAKut Express Pros and Cons

I really like WALAKut Express HTV for a lot of reasons, mostly that it is lightweight, easy to cut and easy to weed. The biggest advantage of this HTV is the low application temperature and short press time. This makes it great for pressing on delicate and low temperature fabrics.

The downsides, as far as I’m concerned, are the smaller range of color choices (19) compared to EasyWeed (80) or ThermoFlex Plus (130). Express is also only available in matte finish. Other than that, I really love it!

WALAKut Soft

  • Ultra-thin and flexible HTV
  • Great for athletic/synthetic fabrics due to lower temperature and time for application
  • Matte finish, easy to weed and easy to apply with an EasyPress – no ridiculous amount of pressure needed

WALAKut Soft is Heat Transfer Warehouse’s counterpart to Siser Stretch HTV. It is super thin and made for stretchy, athletic fabrics. How thin? WALAKut Soft is only 50 microns thick, compared to 85 microns for Siser Stretch or 75 microns for ThermoFlex Light.

closeup of black walakut soft HTV on a cotton-modal blend
closeup of black walakut soft HTV on a cotton-modal blend

WK Soft can be applied to athletic fabrics like lycra-spandex and other polyester fabrics. It has a lower application temperature than Siser Stretch (310ºF vs 320ºF) and a shorter press time (15 seconds vs. 20 seconds). WALAKut Soft also requires less pressure to apply, so it’s a great product to use with the Cricut EasyPress.

Use a 60º Blade to get great cut results with thin & stretchy HTV

Heat Transfer Warehouse recommends cutting WALAKut Soft with the standard (45º) Fine Point blade using the iron-on vinyl setting. But I prefer using the Deep Point blade (60º), which handles small details in thin, stretchy HTV better than a standard blade. I used the Washi sheet setting (which reduces cut pressure) for the graffiti heart graphic.

WALAKut Soft Pros and Cons

The disadvantage of WK Soft versus Siser Stretch is the color selection. WK Soft comes in 6 colors, compared with 38 colors for Siser Stretch. It also has a non-sticky carrier sheet, and Heat Transfer Warehouse doesn’t recommend it for finely detailed designs. (I have the same issues with Siser Stretch to be honest: thinner, stretchier HTV tends to difficult to cut smaller, more detailed designs.)

But to me, WK Soft is a game-changer. I would recommend WK Soft based on its extreme ease of application and ultra-soft feel.

Normally, I would recommend that Siser Stretch or other ultra-thin HTV should only be used with a standard heat press, but Soft can be your new go-to even if you use the Cricut EasyPress.

WALAKut Puff (and Neon Puff)

  • Easy to cut, weed and press
  • Adds great value to shirts, hoodies and bags
  • Heat Transfer Warehouse offers WALAKut Puff HTV for $8 per yard!

Heat Transfer Warehouse’s most googled HTV is WALAKut Puff. Puff HTV is really having a moment right now, and WALAKut was one of the first brands offering a high quality vinyl with straightforward cutting and pressing instructions. I’ve used it myself and love the results.

Puff HTV has a marshmallow-y quality after it’s applied, and it’s great for decorating apparel, hats, bags and more. It’s a vinyl that can add a lot of value to customized products because it’s not something you see everyday on items that are in big box stores.

Update: HTW has released a new line of Glow in the Dark puff in 7 neon colors! Check out this eye-popping new puff vinyl in action on these vibrant t-shirt projects.

Puff vs Flock vs Brick HTV

Dimensional HTV products often get grouped together, but there’s a lot of difference between finishes. Puff vinyl has a soft foam feel to it, and edges and corners will have a soft, rounded off look to them. Flocked HTV has a velvety feel after it’s pressed and retains more crispness to the edges. Brick HTV has a rubbery texture, and does not inflate or grow after it’s heated. It retains clean, crisp edges after application.

Puff HTV also tends to show the texture of the fabric it’s applied to.

Another important difference between these HTV products is composition. Puff (and Brick) HTV is polyurethane, but Flock HTV is usually either PVC based (Siser StripFlock Pro) or viscose-rayon (Specialty Materials DecoFlock products).

Is WALAKut Puff hot or cold peel?

WALAKut puff is a hot peel HTV, and after the first time you use it, you’ll see why for yourself. The first project I made with this puff HTV, the carrier essentially peeled itself. When I removed the EasyPress, the carrier was sitting above the vinyl like a raised table top. I didn’t have to peel the carrier so much as just lift it off.

WALAKut Puff peels effortlessly after pressing

How do you apply puff HTV?

The basic recommended press instructions for WALAKut Puff is 310ºF for 10 seconds at medium pressure.

This is really understating the variability of Puff HTV. This material – regardless of brand – has a reputation for being temperamental. You can get varied results based on the material you are pressing onto, your pressure, pressing base and cover material.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to Test, test test!

I have tested and tested, trying to come up with a general rule that works every time, but different factors require adjustment. So here are my best tips for getting good results with puff HTV.

  1. Stick to the recommended temperature. Some people will say increase or decrease temperature, but I have found that changing temperature alone does not change results.
  2. Focus on applying even pressure, especially if you are using a Cricut EasyPress or similar craft press.
  3. Try pressing on a hard, flat surface like a table top instead of a mat. I got my best results when I started pressing on a flat table without any extra padding.
completed walakut puff/stripflock pro whale t-shirt
WALAKut Puff neon blue layered over Siser StripFlock Pro

I’ve also had improved results pressing WALAKut Puff without a teflon cover sheet. With a cover sheet, I was getting a much more pronounced brainy effect, but pressing without a sheet I got a more pebbled finish.

Other recommended techniques like pressing a second time after peeling gave me disappointing results. Sometimes, I would give my puff HTV an uncovered second press to try and plump up the puff effect, only to have the vinyl get discolored.

These aren’t hard and fast rules that even I obey in every situation, but these are the things I test every time I press Puff HTV.

Pros and Cons of WALAKut Puff

Firstly, WALAKut Puff is high quality HTV that can give great results, but it’s tempermental and you need to test (sometimes a lot) before you get it right. It’s inexpensive (only $8 for a 3 foot roll at Heat Transfer Warehouse), and it can be easily cut with regular settings on a Cricut or Silhouette machine. WK Puff works great with a regular heat press or an EasyPress, but it’s not recommended that you use a home iron to apply it. WALAKut Puff also comes in 19 colors, including 5 neon shades.

The only difficulty I have had with this HTV is the carrier sheet doesn’t like to stick to my cutting mat, so I have to tape it down, and I also often need to use thermal tape when I’m pressing it. The carrier is not very sticky at all, so I need some extra help to make sure the puff HTV doesn’t shift when I’m pressing.

WALAKut Puff only comes in 10″ widths, which can make larger designs a bit more challenging.

WALAKut Puff Plus

If you are looking for some extra dimensionality to your puff projects, consider checking out WALAKut Puff Plus. This product inflates up to 500 microns thick when pressed (0.5mm or 0.02 inches) for a very pronounced 3D effect. Heat Transfer Warehouse recommends pressing Puff Plus twice to get the maximum puff effect.

WALAKut Puff Plus closeup view
WALAKut Puff Plus closeup view

I tried pressing Puff plus with an EasyPress rather than a conventional heat press and I got mixed results, but I did get much better results when I pressed without a cover sheet.

This product is geared for commercial users, however. It comes in only black or white, and is only available in 20″ wide rolls. Heat Transfer Warehouse offers this in a 1 yard roll (20″ x 36″ = 5 square feet) for $13 or $2.60 per square foot, so it’s a thrifty investment to get a large amount of vinyl to experiment with.

WALAKut Metallics

  • Comparable to Siser Metal or EasyWeed Electric
  • Low temperature (270ºF) , fast press time (5 seconds) and warm peel makes it very easy to use
  • Available in 15″ rolls

WALAKut Metallics are a line of pearlescent-finish HTV available in 8 colors. It is closer in appearance and application to Siser Electric than Siser Metal, but it has a lower application temperature and shorter press time than either Siser counterpart.

Here’s a closeup photo of a polyester bag I recently pressed with WALAKut Metallic. It cut beautifully on the Iron-on setting on my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and it weeded very cleanly.

WALAKut Metallic in lavender pressed on a 100% polyester shopping bag.
WALAKut Metallic in violet pressed on a 100% polyester shopping bag.

I love the low application temperature (only 270ºF) and short press time – just 5 seconds. The soft feel after pressing was amazing and I can’t wait to use it on another project. It retains a very smooth finish and shine.

WALAKut Metallic vs Siser Metal & Electric time and temp settings

The easiest way to lay out the differences between these three different types of HTV is to just make a simple chart. As you can see, the WALAKut Metallic has a much lower application temperature than either Siser Electric or Metal. If you have delicate fabrics, you may prefer WALAKut Metallic.

WALAKut MetallicSiser ElectricSiser Metal
Application temp.270º305º305º
Application time5 seconds10–15 seconds10–15 seconds
Pressuremediummediummedium
Peel tempwarmhot/coldcold
Layerabilitytop layer onlycan be layeredtop layer only
Thickness95 microns90 microns63 microns
Color availability8249

WK Metallic’s color selection covers the metallic spectrum: silver, gold, copper, and rose gold (all labelled “Bright”) as well as solid colors: pink, red, blue and violet. The pictures here don’t do the violet justice, it is a fabulous color with a beautiful shine.

The rolls are also 15″ wide so you get a little extra when you buy a roll ($8 for 3 feet), but you can also purchase in 12″ x 12″ sheets for $3.50 each.

WALAKut Fashion Patterns

  • Cuts like normal HTV (mirrored) – no need for mask!
  • Low temperature application (300ºF)
  • 37 super cool patterns available from $6.75 per yard!

The first thing I love about WALAKut Fashion Pattern vinyl is that it cuts, weeds and presses like every other HTV. That is to say, it has a carrier sheet included so you don’t have to cut first, weed, then apply a mask before pressing.

You can mirror your cut, weed and press just like normal HTV. Here’s a closeup of Fashion Patterns Glitter Waves that I recently used. It layered beautifully on WALAKut Express in white and black, and it applied really easily at 300ºF with a single 10 second press.

I did find that this pattern HTV required extra test cutting. The recommended cut setting is “Iron-on” but I had to increase the setting to “Light Cardstock” to get a good clean cut. This is a very detailed design, and weeding was a bit of an effort, but with some patience, it came out better than I expected.

Fashion Patterns: Can’t layer, don’t care

There are 37 different patterns available, and honestly, they are cool AF. I really love the glitter infused marble patterns. The Fashion Patterns collection also includes a ton of animal prints and holographic patterns.

Fashion Patterns HTV varies in thickness depending on the printed pattern. Glitter patterns are thicker than the animal print materials for example, and shouldn’t be cut with the same settings. Always do a test cut!

Just to reiterate this point, I did a small project with the Fashion Patterns Fuzzy Cheetah print. Again, the recommended cut setting for Cricut is “Iron-on”, but I didn’t get a very good cut when I tested. I increased the pressure to Iron-on+ and got a much better cut.

WALAKut Fashion Pattern Cheetah print pressed onto satin: 300ºF for 10 seconds.
WALAKut Fashion Pattern Fuzzy Cheetah print pressed onto satin: 300ºF for 10 seconds.

Fashion Pattern HTV is top layer only, meaning you can’t layer another vinyl on top of it, but it’s meant to be the starring feature of any design. It has a glossy finish and feels substantial on your base material.

It’s also another Heat Transfer Warehouse vinyl that comes in 10″ wide rolls or 12″ x 10″ sheets. For HTV this pretty, its unbelievably cheap when you buy it by the roll. A 3 foot roll is just $6.75, or $2.70 per square foot, which is an insanely good deal.

You can definitely afford to try a big selection at Heat Transfer Warehouse’s prices.

WALAKut Silicone HTV

This thick and flexible HTV conjures images of football jersey numbers, but it’s versatile enough to be used on any number of projects. It’s about 300 microns thick, but it’s stretchy and soft. It has a soft feel to it and a matte finish.

I had not used this product before writing this article and I had no expectations, but it weeds beautifully and it doesn’t require any specialty cut settings. I used the regular 45º Fine Point Cricut blade on a fairly detailed design and the Silicone weeded effortlessly.

Closeup of WALAKut Silicone applied to side pocket of nursing scrub pant.
Closeup of WALAKut Silicone applied to side pocket of scrub pant.

One important thing to note about WALAKut Silicone: it has a non-sticky (static) carrier sheet. If you are cutting a design with small cuts or fine details, be aware that when if you accidentally pull a small piece off the carrier when weeding, you can’t re-stick it.

WALAKut Silicone comes in 10″ wide rolls and can be ordered in 1 yard, 5 yard or 12 inch lengths. If you had your heart set on a rainbow of colors in this unique HTV, sorry, it only comes in white.

WALAKut HTV time and temperature chart

To help make your WALAKut projects easier, I’ve created a helpful, easy to read time and temperature chart. It’s available in PDF format and you can print it and keep it close to your heat press. I’ve also created similar heat press charts for Siser, Cricut and Thermoflex HTV, and they’re all available to download and print in our Resource Library.

Using this chart is straightforward. Next to each vinyl style is the press temperature in Fahrenheit and the press time in seconds. It also includes the recommended pressure and the peel temperature. The last column, “Layerability,” indicates whether you can layer on top of that vinyl (ie yes) or whether the vinyl is only to be used as a top layer (ie NO).

(That is to say, all WALAKut HTV styles can be part of layered design, but Express and Soft can be bottom layers. Puff, Puff Plus, Metallics, Fashion Patterns and Silicone can’t have other vinyl layered on top of them.)

Walakut HTV time and temp chart.

About Heat Transfer Warehouse

Heat Transfer Warehouse opened its doors in 2010 and has quickly grown from its headquarters in Fargo, ND to include offices in Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Jacksonville, FL. (HTW ships across the US and internationally.) They specialize in heat transfer vinyl and sublimation materials, rhinestones, plus supplies and equipment for hobbyists and commercial customers.

Their WALA brand includes heat presses, sublimation ovens, HTV and adhesive vinyl, sublimation paper and ink. I’ve used their materials, and the quality is as good as any other major brand if not better. If their range of products is limited, it’s likely temporary, because Heat Transfer Warehouse is always adding products in new colors, textures and sizes.

Heat Transfer Warehouse also creates tons of useful content like tutorials, product comparisons and explainer videos to help people improve their crafting and master new materials.

How much does HTW charge for shipping?

Here’s how shipping works for Heat Transfer Warehouse orders:

  • Orders over $185 qualify for free shipping
  • Orders under $185 qualify for regular ground shipping ($12.95) or flat rate shipping ($14.95) depending on the weight of the order.
  • Orders under $50 qualify for $9.95 Economy shipping

Most orders will ship via UPS or FedEx, and Heat Transfer Warehouse will provide complete order status, tracking and contents through its ShipStation portal.

Overall, the atmosphere at HTW seems to be a lot of fun people working hard to provide great products and information to their customers. I would 1000x recommend ordering products through Heat Transfer Warehouse rather than taking the chance on a cheap import non-brand material or electronic on Amazon.

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