I have been using Siser EasyWeed for years now, and have used a lot of heat transfer vinyl from other brands as well.
Genuine Siser EasyWeed is the best heat transfer vinyl that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. And I say genuine because there are a lot of fake Siser HTV products out there.
I’ll tell you where to find the real stuff below!
Authentic Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl
Some recent Siser transfers I’ve pressed
Before I share with you why I think Siser EasyWeed is the best HTV, let me tell you about fake and genuine Siser heat transfer vinyl. Or, better yet, why don’t we let Joe (from Siser) tell us in this short video? I’ll summarize below.
To sum up, you should only buy Siser EasyWeed from Siser Authorized Distributors or Authorized Resellers. There is a lot of HTV being sold under the Siser name on sites like Ebay and Amazon that is not real Siser EasyWeed.
Here is a list of online Siser Authorized Distributors and Resellers. I think Heat Press Nation is the best place to buy heat transfer vinyl because of their combined knowledge of both HTV and heat press machines.
Compare prices and you might want to go with whoever is selling the cheapest Siser HTV.
Now let me share with you why I think Siser heat transfer vinyl is the best heat transfer vinyl!
Siser HTV Is Easy To Cut
Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting Siser EasyWeed
I’ve never had a problem using Siser Vinyl in my Cricut Explore Air 2. As long as I have the dial set correctly to ‘iron on’ it’s always given me a perfect cut.
You may have problems when using cheap HTV. With some cheap vinyl brands, as the machine is cutting out your design, the vinyl will pull away from the carrier sheet. The vinyl does not seem to be as well adhered to the carrier sheet; it may simply be that the vinyl and carrier sheet are of a lessor quality.
Siser EasyWeed lives up to its name, and is most certainly the easiest vinyl to weed. I actually enjoy weeding when it’s Siser Easy Weed!
After I’ve cut my design, I can remove each section of vinyl without trouble. It pulls away in full pieces without a lot of friction, and more importantly without a lot of breaking. Another vinyl brand I use from time-to-time has a tendency to break constantly as I’m weeding – it’s so frustrating!
Siser EasyWeed will save you time and headaches!
Siser Vinyl Adheres Best
The completed Siser EasyWeed transfer
I love the look and feel of Siser EasyWeed Vinyl when it has been applied. It seems to bond better than any other vinyl I’ve used. I’ll admit that sometimes it’s a case of getting to know a vinyl brand (for example, I had been having a lot of trouble with Cricut Vinyl, but then I worked out it just preferred to be applied at a lower temperature than Siser), but I still think Siser looks best.
Some vinyls appear to be sitting on top of the garment after being applied, whereas Siser vinyl for shirts really bonds well. Once applied, you can see the pattern of the material showing through the vinyl – it really looks like it has become one with the vinyl.
I’ve never had a problem with Siser vinyl coming off a t-shirt.
Applies With An Iron Or Heat Press
You do not have to have a heat press machine to apply Siser EasyWeed. It can also be applied with an iron, as I have done many, many times. It seems to adhere just as well, it only takes a little longer. However, I would be hesitant about selling any vinyl t-shirts that I’d pressed with an iron.
Irons are also very good for applying Siser HTV to t-shirts and other garments. They are certainly the best way to start making your own tees! You’ve probably already got one and so it’s one less expense. Here are the Siser EasyWeed iron on vinyl instructions:
Set your iron’s dial to between Cotton and Linen and allow to fully heat up
Set up your t-shirt and transfer on a hard surface (I use a wooden chopping board when pressing with an iron)
Use a Teflon sheet or Kraft Paper to cover the transfer
Press down on transfer with iron with medium to firm pressure
If your design is too big to do in one go, do it in stages
Peel carrier hot or cold
I usually then put my Kraft Paper back over top and press each section again for 5 – 10 seconds
The Cricut EasyPress can apply Siser heat transfer vinyl to all the usual surfaces. The EasyPress mat is also now available (on Amazon or at Cricut.com) and is the best accessory for achieving the perfect transfer. Here’s how to apply Siser vinyl with the Cricut Easy Press:
The temperature to set your EasyPress to apply Siser vinyl is 335°F
Once your press has reached temperature it will beep
Pre-press your t-shirt to remove moisture and wrinkles
Cover your transfer with a protective sheet
Press transfer for 15 seconds
Hot or cold peel carrier sheet
Repeat press for 5 -10 seconds
To be totally clued up, watch how Lily applies Siser HTV with an EasyPress. I’ve set it up to start after she has cut and weeded her design, but go back if you want to see the whole process.