How to Use a Press Machine on Different Items: Step-by-Step Guide

How to Use a Press Machine on Different Items: Step-by-Step Guide

This is the basic guide on how to start with your first Heat Press Machine work. If you are a complete beginner then read on without hesitation.

What is a Heat Press Machine?

A heat press machine is designed to apply heat and pressure to a material for a set amount of time. It’s used with fabrics, mugs, hats, plates, or cups. You can physically control the pressure and time on a manual hot heat press machine, and there are also various automatic machines that keep the pressure for a set period time.

Using the Machine

  • Prepare the heat press (setting temperature and press)
  • Place your t-shirt in the press machine
  • Transfer the design what you have prepared (setting time)
  • Leave your shirt to rest for at least 24 hours before washing it

I believe you can also easily operate on the hat if you have basically mastered how to heat press T-shirt. You can treat the hat by using a flat press or a special hat press, which makes it much easier. Too often hat presses come with several interchangeable curved platens. They can cover the entire surface of your design at once, so there is no need for manual maneuvering. Cut or print out the image you want and attach it to the hat using heat tape. From there, you only need to put the hat into the press and wait for a few minutes. The operation of the heat press on the cup is the same as the hat, the only thing that requires to be replaced is the mug press dedicated to the cup.

Tip: The exact time and heat settings vary, so make sure to read the instructions on your transfer packaging in advance.

Tips & Suggestions

  1. Don’t wash substrates too soon.
  2. Don’t use too high of a heat setting.
  3. Don’t ignore test prints at the first time.
  4. Load the design and machine correctly.
  5. Be careful with which fabric you choose.


Anyway, all heat presses have a similar mechanism, although they differ in shape, size, and function. You already know how to heat press hats, shirts and cups, but there are many other options. You can focus on handbags, pillowcases, ceramic plates, and all that. Of course, there are innovations in any field, so you'd better research this topic in depth. There are many options to get the right transfer paper and specific rules to decorate each type of surface. But take a moment to learn how to use the heat press, and you will appreciate what you did.