Mike,I am looking for a heat press, also saving money for it. So where is the best place to look for heat presses, used or new, that work reasonably well, and what is the minimum I should expect to pay for one that produces sellable shirts?
They are actually called table top steam presses. Sorry for the error. Anyway a link to one is below.
Amazon.com: SteamFast SP-660 Table Top Steam Press: Kitchen & Dining
A couple things come to mind, first is that all transfers have settings for temp, pressure, and duration on a given substrate, what works for shirts won't necessarily work for a mouse pad. First thing to do is find out what the recommended settings are for the paper your using on each material, also check your heat press that it is at the temp you have it set at.(some heat presses have a pretty big swing tempwise from what it's set at) from your problem it really sounds like too much heat or pressure.I acquired the use of a heat press. I didn't measure it, and I don't have the manual. But it appears to be 15x15. I tried a mousepad, and two shirts, at 300 deg f. for 20 seconds each, but the papers, shirts, and pad, all burned, with the pad also melting. Either I used the wrong material, wrong paper, put it on too long, or too hot, or some combination of all of these. Anyone have advice? Shirts were all cotton, white. Paper was Avery transfer for light fabric, I had lying around. Mouse pad appeared to be felt over rubber.
Mike the transfer paper your using is for "iron on" transfers using a normal household iron not a heat press, that could be the issue......and I think Carla gave you good info on your other questions.If a paper says "highest setting of the iron " What temp would that be? Perhaps any paper that doesn't have a temp number listed, I should avoid. And what would be a good instrument to verify the digital readout of the temperature?
Before you waste anymore products or damage your heat press.. get the surface probe meter so you know exactly how hot the surface is getting.I acquired the use of a heat press. I didn't measure it, and I don't have the manual. But it appears to be 15x15.