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« on: May 13, 2005 05:05:09 PM »

Hi everyone,

I recently used some Avery ink jet transfer paper to customize some onesies (100% cotton) for my daughter. I followed the instructions on the package (iron on the hottest setting for specific amount of time yadda yadda...) and when I peeled the paper backing off, the transfer looked great.

The problem: Once I put the shirt on my daughter, the transfer seemed to "crack" where the fabric had stretched across her chest. Does anyone know why this might have happened and how I could prevent it from happening again (longer time under the iron or something else perhaps??)? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2005 02:50:03 PM »

when you iron a transfer onto a fabric it adheres straight down to the fabric.  It is a flat object, and when the fabric is later stretched the fabric stretches but the transfer is stiff and has no give so it 'breaks' or cracks.

if the fabric is going to be tight or strechted while being worn your best bet is to stretch you fabric slightly and pin it down and iron the transfer on while it is slightly stretched.

I'm assuming you used dark tshirt transfers since they had a paper backing.  I prefer Light tshirt Transfers for areas that will be stretched bc they are a thinner product and 'melt' into the fabric better so when they are stretched they just look slightly distressed.  they dont hold up as long as the dark ones though.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2005 03:02:32 PM »

Try cutting a piece of interfacing the same size as the transfer, and attach to the back.that way the fabric is not strechy in the area under the transfer.  the iron-on kind is the easiest, and you can apply it the same time as the transfer.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2005 03:19:52 PM »

I've used the Avery ones alot now and I've found that the hottest heat setting is DEFFINATLY not the best one for me. I put it on the lowest and just take twice the time to iron it (under the tissues of course)

On the hottest setting and pushing down that hard, I was getting weird little burn blotchies on my decals  Shocked

Oh and duh my point was, that they crack less with lower heat, just make sure the corners are adhered
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005 09:20:14 AM »

i have experienced that problem, i sell t-shirts on ebay. the directions say if you wash it it should reduce the stifness in the image, so you may try washing the shirts from now on before she wears it. Also i have recently switched from avery transfers to office max transfers because of this reason, they are much softer after being applied and i havent had any problems with cracking or stiffness.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005 01:22:56 PM »

Thank you everyone for your advice...I am going to try another round of transferring madness on the weekend, so I will have to try using some of these tips!
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2005 07:46:00 PM »

I've used the Avery ones alot now and I've found that the hottest heat setting is DEFFINATLY not the best one for me. I put it on the lowest and just take twice the time to iron it (under the tissues of course)

On the hottest setting and pushing down that hard, I was getting weird little burn blotchies on my decals  Shocked

I noticed the same thing. Set my iron to the highest setting and it burned the duck fabric AND the transfer. How do you judge the fine line between finishing the heat so that the corners seal and not burning the tranfer?
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2005 01:55:56 PM »

My friend made me a shirt recently, when I wore it it did not crack, but I washed it according to the directions, and it started cracking and peeling in places, would anyone have any advice for fixing cracks or peeling? I do not have the backing paper anymore unfortunatley. Any advice would be apriciated.

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2005 03:26:43 PM »

YOu wont be able to fix the cracks or peeling once it has happened.. The best thing to do is to use good materials and inks when making the shirt and this will limit or prevent it from happening at least after only a few washes.. All shirts crack eventually.. Sorry.. Maybe your friend can make another one for you.. Also it helps to NOT dry the shirts in a dryer..
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2005 08:59:44 AM »

oh, ok, thanks for the info. I will just have to ask my friend for another transfer.

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