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another possibility is this is a chinese re-brand of a pvc htv and not a pu (it looks like sign vinyl to me, which means it could be pvc)
The listing actually says PVC.
Not the best option for sure, but it is HTV.
People buy it because it's cheap and they can also get free shipping when buying it along with toiletries or whatever from Amazon.
 

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good point

i pick it up, wave it in the air a few times then peel

just went through some of the reviews on the uk amazon site, and i would not use this for re-sale items
most of the reviews were for their sign vinyl, and the htv reviews were not impressive
another possibility is this is a chinese re-brand of a pvc htv and not a pu (it looks like sign vinyl to me, which means it could be pvc)
how does it feel when peeled, like a ridgid plastic, or soft like a silkscreen print?

stick with known manufacturers, in europe there is poli-tape in germany (this is thermoflex/joto in usa), gimme5 in italy, sef and chemica in france
or stick with a know company in the uk (like mdp or test out dae-ha it is from korea and they make some decent htv's)
if you trial siser (italy) stick with the stretch, the easypeel is glossy and feels like plastic

if you are using a 12" cutter, it is still better to get the 20" rolls and cut it down to 12" and 8" (or whatever)
this is cheaper to buy and the smaller width is great for left chest, kids, etc.
thank you very much for this, it does feel quite plasticky and like a sticker strongly stuck onto a tshirt.
 

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thank you very much for this, it does feel quite plasticky and like a sticker strongly stuck onto a tshirt.
try some of those i listed, the difference between pvc and pu is quite noticeable

if you have a 2-3 color design, layering the htv will be a weak point
better to knock-out around the colors (there are some examples in the thread i linked below)

here is a review i did of the thermoflex plus
and here is a trick to get a very nice hand from thermoflex/poli-tape (but you can use it for any htv)

here is an old tee of mine, very nice hand and longevity (40-50 regular wash/dry cycles), no small design elements lifting
this is a 65/35 poly/cotton blend (the poly will help with customer complaints about shrinkage, but some like the 100% cotton, just add a caveat on your hangtags/info that cotton will shrink)

click the thumbnail for a larger view
Sleeve Gesture Font T-shirt Sportswear
 

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So I bought a heat press about 3 months ago and have been working away with my vinyl cutter getting stuff cut out for transfer but its just not transferring well at all. Some info below to help get a picture of what I'm dealing with:
  • 100% cotton garments
  • pressure knob about 75% turnt
  • heat at 155 (HTV manufacturer suggested 150-160)
  • the edge closest to the operator of the heat press seems to adhere perfectly fine (see first image below) but the side furthest away from the operator doesnt stick at all and has this bubble affect under the carrier sheet. When I hot peel (suggested by the manufacturer) it just doesn't stick at all and the vinyl has cotton fluff all over it (see pictures 2 & 3).
The heat press I've got is a HPC380 from Signzworld (UK HeatPress) 1. View attachment 277083 2. View attachment 277082 3. View attachment 277084
make sure you prepress the garment before you put the design on it. Press it for 3-5 seconds first.. then add the vinyl. Also make sure the pressure is firm enough. Check to make sure your presser is the same heat all over. If it doesn’t require a Teflon cover sheet. Lastly if none of this work, try a different type of vinyl. It could be the vinyl being defective. It happens. Good luck. Let me know if it works.
 
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