How to line up HTV

Good morning, Folks!

I think I’ve come up with what might be a helpful way to line up your htv.  It falls along with the hinge/lineup method from adhesive but with one major change.

Let me start at the beginning.  I had a project that had multiple layers and I needed to put it on a t-shirt.  I made the design and then I found four small triangles and added them to the design.  I centered two of the triangles at the top and bottom and two at the center right and left.  All four were outside the design area along the edge.

Once I weeded my design (leaving all four triangles where they are); I then took a knife and cut the corners off of the clear plastic carrier sheet.  I took these corners and placed them over the triangles at the center points (be careful NOT to cover the actual design).

Here’s an example of what I’m trying to talk you through:


If you look closely, you can see the faint outline of a piece of carrier sheet behind the triangle.

I took a pair of scissors and cut the triangles out leaving some of the sticky carrier sheet exposed.  I then took a piece of heat transfer tape and taped them back into place on one side of the cut.  I did this for ALL of the layers (except the last one.  I didn’t cut the triangles, I left the sheet whole

I took the t-shirt, folded it in half, pressed it for about 5 seconds; opened it and then laid the design on the shirt using the arrows for placement (the top and bottom should line up ON the crease).  I pressed the shirt and lifted the clear cover sheet being very careful to leave the arrows at the top and bottom in place.

I cut the second layer with the triangles in place as with the first set.  Then once weeded, I matched up the triangles with the ones that I left in place from the first layer.  Then I pressed and so on until I got to the final layer; when after pressing that layer, I lifted the carrier sheet and with it ALL the placement triangles.

Because of the small bit of carrier sheet covering the first triangles, none of the ones you used for lining up will stick to your shirt.