Vinyl For Beginners: Best Types of Vinyl

So I have OFFICIALLY been working with vinyl now for over 3 years, and not to brag, but I feeling like I know what I am doing. So today I am going to give you tips on the best vinyl to buy for whatever projects you are doing! Hopefully this will help you become successful with your future crafts of even business, if your going that way. All of the info posted here is strictly by my own opinion, and I am not being paid by these companies to give my opinion or with sharing my knowledge.

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OK, first thing is FIRST! Types of Vinyl; there are several types of vinyl out there. However, to sum things up basically, there are THREE major types of vinyl that most people use. We have HTV, otherwise known as HEAT TRANSFER VINYL. This is a permanent adhesive vinyl used for shirts or other cloth like projects. We have 651 Adhesive, which is a permanent vinyl. This vinyl is used on cars and if your doing cups and tumblers. Then the third and final major vinyl is 631, which is a removable vinyl that is basically an indoor vinyl. You would use this vinyl on your walls or other indoor items that will not be washed. Sometimes people also use this type to create signs for their home.

#1 The best HTV – Heat Transfer Vinyl
Alright were going to be straight and to the point here. Preferably, I like using Siser Easyweed Vinyl. When I first started, I used Thermoflex HTV. Which I felt was SUPER durable. I loved Thermoflex. I loved how Thick and Durable it felt. It felt like it was just MEANT to last for years. However, then I tried Siser once because I just ran out of Thermoflex. I was in a pinch on a order and needed a certain color FAST. So a ran to my local Michaels Craft store and there it was, Siser HTV. After trying it once, I fell in love with it and haven’t gone back since. I have no issues with any of my shirts and I have been ordering from the same company now for the last 2 years. The only downside to the company I order from, is I have to order a minimum amount. So I only order about once of twice a month. I honestly only usually order the Basic Black and White colors. I do keep all colors in stock, but I rarely use all my colors, except during the holiday season. When I am in a pinch, I always order from Amazon. I can get my vinyl in 1 to 2 days and always get free shipping. Its a WIN WIN.

There are several versions of Siser Easyweed HTV.
I am going to list a few for you here:

Regular Siser Easyweed HTV – Great for all projects, this is my GO TO vinyl on all my shirts. Like I previously stated, you can have all the colors, however, it is SOOOO much easier to just start with Black and/or White. Keep it Simple. I order in 5 yard rolls normally because it will last me so much longer. There are 3 Feet within a yard. 12 inches = 1 foot. I usually do my shirts with 8 to 10 inch designs. So essentially I can get 15 to 17 shirts out of 1 roll of vinyl.
You can buy this item HERE:
Regular Siser Easyweed HTV

Siser Easyweed HTV Glitter – Great when you feel like being a little more fancy. I use the glitter a lot when it comes to birthday shirts I sell in my store. I never have any issues with it and the Glitter doesn’t spread! YAY! However Glittler HTV is a bit more pricey, so make sure when selling shirts or making them for friends, you charge the correct amount per shirt to cover your costs.
You can buy this item HERE:
Siser Easyweed HTV Glitter

Siser Easyweed HTV Foil – Honestly I don’t use this very often, but I have made some adorable wedding party shirts with this. So if you are wanting to get that Shinny pretty looking on some shirts, this is what you want.
You can buy this item HERE:
Siser Easyweed HTV Foil

Siser Easyweed Stretch – If your needing to create a shirt or other cloth item with some stretch to it, this it what your wanting. This is a sensitive type of vinyl, so look up the directions on the Siser website when Applying this product.
You can buy this item HERE:
Siser Easyweed Stretch

As for the other types of Siser Easyweed Vinyl, I would just tackle them after you have learned how to use the basics properly. I highly suggest always using a Heat Press, I purchased mine on Amazon HERE. I have used my heat press since I started my business 3 years ago and love it. There are however many different types and kinds, so if you feel like searching around, please do. However, if you want a simple one that works, mine is pretty great and a reasonable price. I keep my press set at 330 Degrees and 70 Seconds, and set to Medium/Heavy Pressure. I DO NOT press my HTV shirts for 70 seconds, I only do my Shirts for 25 to 30 seconds, then I peel the transfer sheet and press again for another 10 to 30 seconds. I have it set to 70 seconds for when I do my Sublimation Shirts. Its just easier to keep it at 70 seconds for me. You want to make sure you can see the threads on your shirts in the vinyl. If you cannot see the threads, you haven’t pressed hard enough or long enough. Also FYI you can’t see the threads on the glitter, its just a learning process.

Now I have also just mentioned Sublimation Printing. This is a very different process than HTV. If your interest in learning more about Sublimation Printing, please go read my blog on Sublimation Printing for Beginners.

#2 The best 651 Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
There are a few different brands of 651 on the market, but right off the bat, I use Oracal 651 Adhesive vinyl. I have used a few other brands when I first started out, but nothing compares in my opinion. There are soooo many companies that sell Oracal vinyl, however I just keep things simple and order off Amazon. I buy in bulk typically, and if i’m in a pinch and need vinyl fast, I go to my local Michaels Craft Store. Normally I can get it pretty cheap on Amazon though and yet again, who doesn’t love Prime and free shipping? I use this when making Car Decals or Tumbler/Coffee Mug Decals. Super Easy to use, great vinyl for beginners, and also super cheap.
Here is a great Beginners Bundle with basically every color available. If you are wanting to buy more of just one specific color, I highly suggest buying this Bundle. Also note, White is a go to color for Car decals, so its good to have 1 bundle of White in stock at all times. Black is not suggest for car decals because it doesn’t show up very well on tinted windows. This vinyl typically lasts about 8 years with proper application and care.

#3 The best 631 Removable Vinyl
Again, I do used Oracal for this type of vinyl. Oracal I have found is just all around the best kind of vinyl. As previously stated, this vinyl is good for walls or other indoor uses. I don’t suggest using this on anything that is going to get wet. It is removable and usually lasts about 2 years with proper care. I do not use this vinyl very much, so unless you plan on making a bunch of wall decals, this vinyl isn’t super important. I have seen people also use this vinyl to create signs. However I prefer a different type of transfer for signs. Making signs is a learning process however and I will explain that later in another blog post.
If you are interested in buying 631 Vinyl, you can purchase it in this great Beginners 631 Bundle.

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