Intro to Iron On's

Heat Transfer (Iron on’s) have been around about as long as garments have been being customized. They’ve always had the reputation for being a lesser quality product than direct screen printing, and for the most part this is true. However there are a number of different types of heat transfers and iron on’s and in some situations they definitely are the right choice.

Options for Heat Transfers

Solid Color Vinyl - Heat Transfer

If you need numbers and or names on garments, we will use a heat press to apply a solid colored vinyl to the garment. For standard block fonts, in numbers 6” to 10”, we stock a die cut number in the most common colors. For oddball number sizes or for individual names, we have a plotter cutter which does a great job of cutting out the appropriate names.

The cutter/plotter can also cut solid colored vinyl for a design or logo, however it is fairly limited in the amount of detail it can produce. This is normally done if only 1 or 2 garments are needed and it’s not something which can be done on a DTG printer.

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Printed Vinyl - Heat Transfer

Our sign printer will print designs on a very thin vinyl sheet which can then be ironed onto the garment. There are times when small logos are going on problematic garments, and a heat transfer printed logo can be a great solution.

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Problems with Vinyl - Heat Transfer

If the decision is made to do a heat transfer there are a couple factors which are unavoidable and need to be accepted or an alternative decision made. First is that the feel of ironed on vinyl, printed or solid, is something that some people object to. Ironed on vinyl has a rubbery and thick feel, which depending on the location and size of the vinyl may be objectionable.

Secondly, a heat transfer is essentially held onto the shirt by a heat sensitive glue. If applied properly it certainly will and does last for a ball season or two, and maybe more. However, with ever successive washing and heating in the dryer, the glue is weakened and at some point adhesion problems will occur.

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Frequently Asked Heat Transfter Questions


  1. How do I contact my sales person?

    Head over to our contact page which includes email and phone numbers for all of our sales staff.

  2. What is your turnaround time?

    Our standard turnaround time is two weeks from the receipt of your order.

  3. Do you do rush orders?

    Rush orders are available. Please call us today to see if your order can be fit into our production schedule. Rush charges may apply during peak business seasons.

  4. How do I pay for my order?

    We accept cash, check, and charge (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).

  5. How will I receive my order?

    Orders can be picked up at any of our four locations in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Roanoke. Orders can also be shipped UPS, standard charges will apply. Some companies promise free shipping, but then build it into your cost elsewhere with an additional markup. We prefer to keep our pricing straightforward and honest, so that you can make the appropriate decisions.

  6. May I cancel an order?

    Orders that have not been produced can be cancelled. However, depending on when the order is cancelled, art charges, digitizing fees, or garment restocking fees will be charged to cover the costs already incurred.

  7. What is your return policy?

    We pride ourselves in exceeding the industry standard and providing exceptional customer satisfaction. However, due to the labor intensity of custom orders we cannot accept returns on decorated garments under any circumstances.

  8. Will I receive a printed sample?

    Because of the labor intensive setup of screen printing, it is not normally possible to print samples. Blank samples for sizing purposed can be ordered. Please contact us for information and charges.

Vinyl t shirt being printed
Girl peeling vinyl letters from sheet
Heat press applying numbers for team uniforms
Jefferson Forest High School soccer jerseys