Whether you’re looking for a mini hot press for heat transfer projects or a larger version for more general crafts, you have many options. Choosing the right one can help you maximize your artistic potential!
The best mini hot press should be small enough to get into tight spaces and be able to handle small objects. It should also cover a full range of temperatures and have a base that feels sturdy and dissipates heat quickly.
2. Easy to Use
Cricut Easy Press Mini is a great choice for small and oddly shaped projects that larger heat presses don’t easily handle. This small heat press is ideal for infant clothing, such as shoes, socks, bibs, onesies, and hats, to name a few, as well as unusually shaped objects like stuffed animals and zippers.
The EasyPress Mini heat plate has an additional layer of ceramic coating that makes it glide over your material with ease, avoiding pressing marks. However, it’s still important to use light pressure and constant movement while pressing to avoid damaging your design. The Mini has 3 temperature settings Low, Medium, and High that are compatible with most base materials.
Preheat the surface you’re pressing on and place your blank on top of the EasyPress Mini and a small EasyPress mat (or towel). Tape down your design so it won’t move, then press with constant movement and light pressure for the recommended time. Then peel off the carrier sheet to reveal your finished design!
3. Easy to Clean
Using a heat press is an extremely easy way to get a professional and consistent finish on your projects. It offers a uniform temperature from edge to edge, which allows you to stamp the design consistently and without having to worry about pressing areas that aren’t positioned correctly. It also gives you a much cleaner, more professional look to your final product.
It’s very important to remember that working with a heat press can be dangerous, especially if you’re not used to handling hot items, so it pays to use it carefully. To protect yourself from the hot plates, it’s best to wear some heat-proof gloves and use a large lint-free cloth. Pop some EZ Off Hot Iron Paste onto your cloth, then gently wipe down the plates. If there is any leftover residue, repeat this process until your platens are clean. After this, you’re ready to apply your design to your project. Keep in mind that if you’re working with a heavy material, you may need to do multiple passes with your heat-press, which can add to the time and effort involved in creating a finished project.
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