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F2C Heat Press Machines – Should You Avoid Them?

Should you get an F2C Heat Press?

 

If  you’ve been looking for a heat press for any length of time, you’ve probably seen a variety of F2C heat press machines for sale on Amazon.

 

The brand has been around for many years now, which is a good sign when looking for a new press! The machines are popular, and the seller has been well reviewed. But we’re glad you’re here to find out some more information before buying!

 

There are usually around 5 F2C heat press machines, including:

 

Let’s check them out.

 

F2C Heat Press Reviews

 

f2c pro 6 in 1 combo heat press machine

The F2C 5 in 1 Multifunction is a popular choice

 

F2C Direct is the shop front of F2C heat press machines. This seller has been in business since 2014, and has very positive overall customer satisfaction ratings.

 

These machines are very similar to other machines available from other sellers, which makes it hard to decide which Amazon seller to buy from. Because they do have a very high overall customer satisfaction rating, they are worth considering.

 

F2C heat press machines are most widely used for applying heat transfers to t-shirts (not including the mug press!), but here are some other items you might like to try as well:

  • Cotton and polyester garments (shirts, polos, tees)
  • Sports jerseys
  • Tote bags
  • Coated ceramic tiles
  • Sweatpants
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Mousepads
  • Baby or kids clothes
  • Wooden items
  • Dog tags, license plates and other metals

 

fathers day tshirt heat press

You could make this cool Father’s Day T-Shirt

 

What types of transfers can you press?

 

Well, there are all sorts of heat transfers that you can get into. You can buy transfers pre-made, otherwise you will need further equipment to produce your own.

 

Making your own vinyl transfers will require vinyl sheets and a vinyl cutting machine, while making sublimation transfers will require a sub printer and sublimation transfer paper.

 

Here are some of the types of transfers you can do:

  • Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) such as Siser EasyWeed 
  • Smoothed, flocked or glittered HTV
  • Rhinestones
  • Inkjet transfers
  • Sublimation transfers
  • And the major majority of transfer papers

 

Sublimation transfers require the most heat (around 400℉) and can be the trickiest transfer to get right. You can see our article on sublimation transfers for more info.

 

Some of these items are specialty products for heat pressing. For example, in order to do a successful sublimation transfer onto jigsaw puzzles or ceramic tiles, these items must sublimation blanks (which has a polymer coating).

 

Ensure you are purchasing the appropriate item for your transfer.

 

F2C 15 x 15 Heat Press

 

f2c pro heat press

F2C’s 15 x 15 inch heat press is a solid home and hobby heat press machine – it might also be suitable for a small start up t-shirt business.

 

15 x 15 inch machines are a good size to have for home use. It’s not so small that you have trouble pressing large t-shirts, but not so big that it dominates the room it is in. Clamshells are also a good style for in the home or garage, not needing a ton of space to open and swivel around.

 

Features

 

Features of this heat press include:

  • Digital LCD time and temperature display
  • A suitably thickened top platen to provide an even pressure
  • Adjustable pressure knob allowing for different thickness substrates
  • Solid steel frame making it very hard wearing
  • Teflon coated heat platen to prevent disaster if you pressed down on the wrong side of a heat transfer (for example). You might also like to pick up some spare Teflon sheets as an extra precaution.
  • Heats up in about 15 minutes
  • Can press transfers no larger than 14 x 14 inches

 

Specs

 

  • 110 volts
  • Weighs approx. 50 pounds
  • Temp: 0 – 400℉
  • Timer: 0 – 999 seconds
  • 1200 watts

 

You should plug your heat press into a power socket on its own, rather than into a power board with other electronic devices. This will keep you from blowing any fuses.

 

F2C 12 x 10 Swing-Away Heat Press

 

f2c heat press machine 12 x 10

The F2C 12 x 10 inch Swing Away Heat Press is one of the top rated small heat press machines.

 

Features

 

Here are some of the features of this heat press:

  • Swing-away style
  • Industrial strength build
  • Digital time and temperature display
  • About a 20 minute heat up time
  • You are able to adjust the pressure to the thickness of your substrate

 

Specs

 

  • 0 – 400℉ range of temperature
  • 0 – 999 range of time (though I wouldn’t put anything in for 999 seconds!)
  • 110 volts
  • 800 watts
  • Weighs 25 pounds

 

Benefits Of A Small Heat Press

 

Some benefits of a small heat press include:

  • Being a small size makes it ideal for craft and hobby use. Not so great if you’re doing lots of large t-shirts, but fantastic for kids clothes and baby onesies.
  • Easy to store away if you don’t have a dedicated room for your t-shirt creating.
  • Easier to transport than a larger machine.
  • And of course, they’re cheaper!

 

And it can press all the same transfers onto the same substrates as the 15 x 15 clamshell press above.

 

F2C Pro 5 in 1 Heat Press

 

F2C Pro 5 in 1 Heat Press Machine

This 5 in 1 heat press will allow you to get into mug, plate and cap pressing as well.

 

We also have a general article on multifunction heat press machines, in which we tell you the pros and cons of such machines.

 

They might be right for you if you’re just wanting to play around and practice transferring onto these other substrates, but for business purposes you may want to choose a higher quality machine from the article linked above.

 

This heat press has a 12 x 15 inch flat platen for doing your t-shirts and other flat surfaces, but also comes with the following attachments:

  • 5 inch max diameter plate press
  • 6 inch max diameter plate press
  • 11 ounce mug press
  • 6 x 3 curved cap press

 

These additional presses attach to the main body either by switching out the flat platens, or by plugging into the control panel.

 

This video will give you a good idea as to how they work.

 

 

Features

 

These multifunction machines are fantastic for those wanting to have a go with a variety of heat transfers on different surfaces.

 

It can be cool pressing onto a plate, but how often are you going to really use it? Though if you have kids it can be a lot of fun putting their favorite characters onto their dinner plates – it might even encourage them to eat!

 

Other features to keep in mind:

  • This heat press is a swing-away style machine
  • Choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • As stated, it can take attachment presses
  • One year limited warranty

 

Specs

 

  • 1200 watts
  • 110 volts
  • 32 – 430℉ temp. range
  • 0-999 time range
  • Weighs 50 pounds

 

It comes with a brief user’s manual, like most of the Chinese made presses do. They can be difficult to follow but don’t let that put you off. There are plenty of YouTube videos and conversations in forums (or in the question and answer section on Amazon) that will be able to help you get going.

 

F2C also has a 6 piece multifunction press. The only difference between the 5 in 1 and the 6 in 1 is an added 10 ounce mug press.

 

F2C Mug Heat Press

 

f2c heat press reviews

The F2C Mug Press Machine is another option. It is usually a better idea to get a dedicated mug press if you are serious about mug pressing.

 

Features

 

This model comes with 2 sizes of press:

  • 3.1 – 3.5 inch diameter (top and bottom measurements) with a 9 inch length and 4.5 inch height
  • 3.5 – 2.5 inch diameter (top and bottom measurements) with a 4 inch height
  • Digital time and temperature display
  • You can shift the pressure to fully suit your size and shape of cup
  • Choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius

 

Specs

 

  • 110 volts (like all presses sold in America!)
  • 0 – 430℉ temperature range
  • 0 – 240 second time choice

 

F2C also have some basic use instructions within the Amazon listing.

 

What Else Do I Need?

 

You will definitely need to purchase heat tape along with this machine to secure your transfers to your mugs.

 

Other things you’ll need:

 

And of course you will need a computer and t shirt design software.

 

F2C Heat Press

 

F2C heat press machines are great for the right people.

 

I would describe them as ‘entry-level machines’, which are best for home and hobby use. F2C are definitely one of the better sellers of these machines, but they are still prone to having faults.

 

An better alternative to the F2C heat press is the MPress from Heat Press Nation. These cost a little more, but you will have greater peace of mind, especially if you are need a heat press for business. For more info about their range of machines, check out this HPN review.

 

Thanks for reading, please leave any comments or questions down below!

 

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