Cutting Digital Heat Transfer Paper In Bulk
Are you still using a scissors to cut out your digital transfers for your shirt orders?
Would you like to learn how to cut hundreds, even thousands of transfers in just minutes?
You've come to the right place and BESTBLANKS is going to show you how!
WARNING: This can be a dangerous process. If you are not comfortable working with cutting power tools DO NOT attempt this!
Additionally, this process is only good for transfers for light garments only! Not recommended for Opaque transfers.
For about $100 you can purchase (at most home hardware stores) a table top electric band saw. Like the one shown below.
You will also need a fine tooth blade such as the one shown below (1/4" standard blade with 14 or 12 teeth per inch).
Note: If the blade is too fine (has too many teeth) it will clog up prematurely. If the blade has too few teeth it will tear the transfer paper.
You will also need a few heavy duty paper clips like the ones shown below.
Lastly you will need a straight edge safety razor to clean the band saw blade (from time to time) when it fills up with the coating from the transfers. After cutting many bundles you will need to clean off the blade. Further instruction for cleaning is below.
The instructions below are for these digital transfer papers only: InkJet & Laser Heat Transfer Papers.
(Not for Opaque Material & not needed for sublimation transfers)
1) Take approximately 25-35 sheets at a time and clip them together as follows:
2) Make sure all the transfers are facing the same direction in the stack and that all sheets are aligned together to all edges.
To make this fast, accurate and easy you should invest in a paper jogger. You can purchase a used paper jogger for about $100-$150. See picture below.
3) After jogging the paper together place one paper clip on the short end of the stack and place one paper clip on the long end.
4) Place the stack on the cutting table and slowly cut out the unprinted area, rotating the stack as you follow the image design.
5) Do not expect to cut right up to the image. You only should be removing the bulk of the unprinted areas! Typically you would get within 1/4" - 1/2" of the design.
6) Cutting with the image face up makes it easy to see what your doing. However, as you turn the stack you may need to flip the stack upside down to cut out the other sides. You will be able to see through the back of the transfer stack in order to follow the contour of the design.
7) Remove the paper clips.
8) When finished you will notice that the stack is somewhat melted together and this is normal.
9) You should be able to peel off one transfer at a time and any rough edge will disappear when you place it on the heat press for application.
10) If you cannot peel off the transfers then your blade needs to be cleaned with the razor.
11) Blade cleaning Instructions: UNPLUG THE BAND SAW BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS!
12) Use work gloves to protect your hands. Hold the razor blade on a sharp angle and place it against the blade. Manually hold the blade in position (make sure you have your work gloves on to protect your hands) and shave off the excess coating from the blade on BOTH SIDES. Manually pull down the blade so you can clean the entire length of blade. Once completed you should be good for cutting many more stacks of transfer paper before possibly needing another cleaning. If you find yourself needing to clean the blade often then it maybe time to change the blade.
VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT APPLY TO MUCH PRESSURE WHEN CUTTING. THIS WILL CAUSE THE BLADE TO CLOG PREMATURELY!
Feed the paper stack into the blade at a slow consistent pace.
Like anything else with a little practice you to will become an expert!
Again, use maximum caution when working with any power tools, especially electric cutting tools, razors, etc.
Disclaimer: The provider of this information shall not be liable for any injury, direct or consequential, arising out of the information provided. The reader and/or user understands they are solely responsible for their actions and agrees to take all precautions necessary in order to work in a safe manner.
Do you have heat transfer designs with straight edges? If so, the below cutter is an excellent tool to cut large stacks of transfers at one time!