If you've been reading the Siser(r) Blog, you'll know that Siser HTV can be used on a variety of fabrics and textiles. (These suggestions also apply to heat-sensitive materials like rayon, 100 percent polyester, silk, or any other material you're not sure about.) The key is to use a fabric treatment product with a high heat capacity such as Wax 'n Wane® or Styrene Resin™. These products are available at sewing stores and online.
You should be able to put HTV on a total textile weight of at least 2 oz/yd². If it's less than this, you may not get the maximum performance out of the material.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a substrate for your home decor projects:
Will the surface get wet? If so, will it become damaged or lose its color? Most plastics and nonwovens will not withstand water damage. You should check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure.
What temperature will it get? Will it be exposed to heat? If so, how hot? Many plastic and nonwoven items melt or burn when exposed to heat. Make sure you follow all instructions carefully when using these materials with HTV.
What else might it come in contact with? Certain fabrics are recommended for certain applications.
Yes, it is true! Our Craftables HTV adheres to polyester, cotton, and cotton poly mixes with ease. Cotton's drawbacks include:
Siser Easyweed Glow HTV is suitable for: 100% Cotton. Polyester is made entirely of polyester. Heat-shrink film is used to protect wires during construction and maintenance of electrical systems.
Glow in the Dark Technology uses phosphors to emit light when exposed to darkness or other forms of electromagnetic radiation such as ultraviolet light. The technology has many applications including outdoor signage, decorative items, and entertainment.
Polyester film can be found in products such as food packaging and plastic sheeting. It is also used in the manufacturing of clothes due to its strength and durability.
Phosphors are substances that can absorb energy from photons or particles and then release it later. When exposed to light, these phosphors produce their own light. There are two main types of phosphors: powder and liquid. Powder phosphors are often used in paint products because they do not spill and they do not require exposure to heat to activate them.
It is incompatible with nylon textiles and polymers (vinyl/PVC, ABS, and so on). Similarly, because the adhesive type will not attach adequately to a plastic-based surface, polyester will not perform well with heat transfer materials. Textured or loosely woven materials are also unsuitable for usage with the heat transfer product. Finally, be aware that if hot liquid comes in contact with any layer of the heat-transfer material then it should not be applied to a garment with vinyl or polyurethane fabric protection.
Yes, as long as they are normal household items that can be washed in a machine. However, due to the nature of polyester, it may shrink a little when you put it in a machine. This is normal and does not cause any problems for your clothing.
No, polyester does not dissolve in water. It is a durable, high quality fiber that is used in a variety of applications including clothing, carpeting, upholstery, industrial fabrics, and more.
Polyester can be recycled using the same processes as other types of textile recycling. The material can also be put into municipal solid waste facilities or taken to a specialty recycling company.
When ironing polyester, use a low heat setting. Even the most conscientious housekeeper, though, can burn or melt polyester. Polyester that has been scorched or stained can be repaired. The cloth cannot be fixed if the polyester melts and becomes glossy or hard.
The best way to repair damaged polyester is with an acrylic needle and sewing thread. Start by cutting out the damaged area of the shirt. Then, take two pieces of polyester fabric and stitch them together, using a small running stitch. Next, take the garment under tension and wash it in warm water with detergent. Let it dry completely before wearing it again.
Polyester must be colored using dispersed colours in water heated to at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Polyester fiber molecules are hydrophobic, which means they cannot absorb water-soluble pigments. Disperse dyes will not color natural fibers and will only work on synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon.
The dyeing process requires heat to melt the polymer chains of the fabric so that the colors can be absorbed. This can be a problem if you want to wash the clothes later. Some dyes may become less effective after being washed several times.
There are two types of disperse dyes: acid and direct. Acid dyes are made from plants or minerals that contain carotenoids, anthracenes, and other compounds found in fruits and vegetables. These dyes are usually red or orange. Direct dyes are a combination of metals such as cobalt and copper used with an oxidizer such as sodium perborate or potassium periodate. They give colors such as blue, green, and black. Disperse dyes are easy to use and produce bright colors, but they can be expensive. Natural dyes such as madder root, indigo, and henna provide softer tones that take longer to wash out of clothing. These dyes are more difficult to use but can make clothes look more authentic.
Dyeing your own clothes is fun and easy, but it is also dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.