How to keep iron on transfers from peeling (5 common mistakes)

Today I’m going to tell you about my experience with textile vinyl and, above all, I want to tell you about some mistakes I made at the beginning so that it won’t happen to you and your transfers stay intact.

Keep reading and you will discover the best tips on how to keep iron on transfers from peeling and that will help you a lot.

Let’s get to work! 

How to keep iron-on transfers

When I first started experimenting with vinyl I did it with clothing, so today I’m going to talk about how to fix vinyl coming off shirts.

Many people told me: “hey, how are you going to have problems with vinyl on a shirt? You just have to print it, the machine does it, and that’s it”, but it’s not like that. The mistakes I have made are very common and that is why it will help you identify and solve them.  

How to keep iron on transfers from peeling

Tips on How to keep iron on transfers from peeling

  1. One of the reasons may be because you are not using the right material. You should know that there are different types of vinyl materials, some are removable, some are permanent and some are heat activated. The last one is the one you need for your shirts and it is called “Heat transfers Vinyl” or also known as “HTV”. 
  2. Another reason may be that you are not using the right iron-on or in the wrong mode. Some people try with common irons, others with the Cricut, but the most important thing is to make sure the pressure you apply when ironing (the important thing is always to apply enough pressure on the shirt so that the transfer is perfectly adhered). 
  3. A common mistake is not to remove the lint that is loose on the shirt and that is why the design does not adhere well to that area. 
  4. Another big problem is that your heater or iron is not at the correct temperature, you should always check that the temperature is between 350 F to 375 F. Anything lower than this is sure not to heat well enough and anything higher than this is very likely to burn the shirt. 
  5. Finally, you may not be removing the shiny part of the material at the right time (the dull part is the part that the Cricut machine cuts), so you should check whether you should remove it when it is hot or lukewarm. You should look at the instructions of the material you use to know when to remove it because it varies according to the brand.

I hope these tips have helped you to know how to fix vinyl coming off a shirt and that you can solve it easier to achieve the best results.

Here you can see the step by step on How to keep iron on transfers from peeling:

If your case is different and you are wondering how to fix vinyl coming off the shirt after washing, I can tell you that this is easier to fix, because you just have to put a cloth over the vinyl and pass the iron in steam mode pressing all over the transfer (obviously this is only valid if only your vinyl has only come off and not broken).

I hope this tutorial on How to keep iron on transfers from peeling has really helped you and that you put it into practice.

You can also read about how to cut multiple colors on Cricut.

Happy crafting!