Setting the right temperature when using the Cricut Iron-On is essential for you to be able to get the best results.
However, there’s no single magical number for the ideal temperature when using the Cricut Iron-On. Since there’s a wide range of materials you can print on, the right temperature for each one will be different.
In this guide, we’ll help you figure out the best temperature range for the Cricut Iron-On. We’ll also walk you through the rest of the settings and tools so you can get started right away!
What Temp Do You Use for Cricut Iron-On?
The ideal temperature range for Cricut Iron-On projects is between 280 and 340 degrees. This varies based on what material you’re working with.
Tools You Need for Cricut Iron-On
Here’s a list of all the tools you need to keep within hand’s reach when working on Cricut Iron-On projects:
- Cricut Everyday Iron-On
- Cricut smart cutting machine
- Fine Point blade
- Cricut Design Space software
- Cricut Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app
- Base material
- StandardGrip machine mat
- Cricut Autopress, Cricut Hat press, Cricut EasyPress, or heat press
- Iron-On protective sheet
Preparing Your Cricut Iron-On Setup
Follow these steps to prepare your Cricut Iron-On setup:
- Pre-wash the material without using fabric softener
- Do a test cut and adjust the cut settings accordingly. Make sure that it’s an inconspicuous area
- Choose a suitable pressing surface. It should be flat and firm at waist height
Before applying the Iron-On press, do the following:
- Realize the design on your computer. For Design Space users, mirroring your mats is necessary, and it’s applied automatically if you choose a heat-transfer material
- For Cricut Explore users, adjust the Smart Set Dial so that it’s set to custom
- Put the Iron-On sheet onto the cutting mat
- For Cricut Joy users, you can load the Iron-On sheet without a mat
- Cut the design and weed the image
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Now, it’s time to apply the design to the material. Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat the base material based on the guidelines in the Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app
- Put the cut design on the base material while ensuring that the shiny side of the liner is facing upwards
- Apply heat as instructed in the app
- Flip the material and apply heat to the other side
- Remove the liner with a warm peel
- If you’re using a household iron, switch to the cotton setting and turn off steam
- Preheat for 10-15 seconds
- Apply pressure for 25-30 seconds on each side of the material
- Remove the liner with a warm peel
Caring for Your Cricut Iron-On Finished Items
If you want to wash your embellished items, it’s recommended that you wait at least 24 hours. It’s also good practice to only wash and dry your items inside-out. This way, you’ll preserve their color and designs for a longer time.
In case you accidentally damaged parts of your Iron-On material after washing, you can fix them by simply reapplying the areas that were removed.
See also: Flocked Iron-On Vinyl
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do You Iron a Cricut Iron-On?
The ideal ironing time for a Cricut Iron-On is somewhere between 25 and 30 seconds for each side of the material. Preheating for 10-15 seconds before ironing is necessary.
Is Cricut Everyday Iron-On Hot or Cold Peel?
It’s recommended that you use warm peel when working with the Cricut Everyday Iron-On.
Warm peeling simply means that you need to peel the plastic backing only after you’ve applied it to the item. In other words, it’s considered safe to pull off the backing while it’s still warm.
A cool peel may also be used.
What’s the Difference Between Iron-On and Heat Transfer Vinyl?
The primary difference between Iron-On and heat-transfer Vinyl is what sticks to the material.
With an Iron-On transfer, only the ink attaches to the material. On the other hand, applying heat to heat transfer vinyl will cause the entire design to transfer onto the material.
Why Is Cricut Iron-On Not Sticking?
The most common reason your Cricut Iron-On isn’t sticking is not establishing full contact between the press and the base material.
Some possible causes why this happens include zippers, seams, and any other details on the material that prevent full contact.
To sum it all up, the required temperature for Cricut Iron-On prints can be anywhere from 280 and 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
Delicate materials may require lower temperatures, while thick, heat-resistant materials will probably need temperatures that are closer to the 340-deg mark.
Just make sure that you also get the pressing time right. If you exceed 30 seconds, you may burn the material. It’s also recommended that you apply medium pressure with your Cricut Iron-On; not higher, not lower.