Need a quick refresher on how to fuse GlitterFlex vinyl? No problem!
Most of the time, GlitterFlex will be fused right in the hoop. Move the hoop to a flat, hard ironing surface. You can use a thin Teflon pressing sheet, piece of cotton fabric, or the clear carrier that you removed from your GlitterFlex, if you like. Admittedly, I've also been known to not use a pressing cloth at all and have not had any issues with melted vinyl or scorched fabric. However, I will say that the manufacturer recommends using a pressing cloth. (Sometimes I have a tendency to live a little recklessly and break the rules.)
Every iron is different just like no two ovens are the same. For example, one oven may take a little longer than another to bake cookies. Therefore, you should always test the heat setting of your iron to help you determine how hot your iron needs to be and how long you need to fuse.
Testing Iron Temperature
As a starting point, heat your dry iron or heat press to a cotton setting (350 degrees, no steam). Press a scrap of GlitterFlex on a scrap of cotton fabric for 17 to 20 seconds.
After the GlitterFlex cools, make sure the edges stick well to the fabric and do not peel back. If GlitterFlex is not properly fused, you may need to increase your iron's temperature or fuse for a longer period of time.
Once you find the right combination of heat and time, press each section of GlitterFlex in your embroidery. Hold the iron in place (press, do not move it back and forth) for the amount of time that works for your iron. It is a process, but the results are well worth it!
Let the GlitterFlex applique cool so that it is well fused to the background fabric before continuing to stitch the embroidery. Your GlitterFlex should lay nice and flat. If you see a bubble, fuse that area again as you may have missed a spot.
When the GlitterFlex is cool, continue embroidery.
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May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!