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I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to make t-shirts a lot. While I love the finished product, I hate fighting with my iron to get the HTV to stick to the t-shirt. It’s such a hassle and to be honest it usually puts me in a bad mood. Thanks to the Cricut EasyPress 2, those days are over!
So, do you need a Cricut EasyPress 2? Let me tell you what the EasyPress is, give you my thoughts on it, and walk you through making a t-shirt with it.
What Is The Cricut EasyPress 2?
The Cricut EasyPress 2 is somewhere between an iron and a heat press–it has the convenience of an iron and the speed of a heat press. It’s a no-stress heat press!
It produces quick, consistent, professional heat transfers that last. Just set the time and temperature, place the EasyPress on your design, and apply pressure. That’s it! Cricut has a Heat Transfer Guide so you know exactly how to program your machine based on your material. It even walks you through the process step by step.
The EasyPress 2 has dual heating elements and a ceramic-coated plate that deliver dry, even heat, giving you consistent results, plus temperature control up to 400° and an auto shutoff safety feature.
My Review Of The Cricut EasyPress 2
The Cricut EasyPress 2 is ready to use right out of the box. All you have to do it plug it up. It even comes with a small project to teach you how to use it.
For me, the biggest draw to the Cricut EasyPress 2 is how portable it is. I often use my Cricut at my parent’s house, so this is ideal. The EasyPress is also easy to store. While I wish I had a whole craft room, I only have a shelf to store my crafting supplies on. This fits on it perfectly!
I got the largest EasyPress, 12″ x 10″. I make a lot of shirts for my family when we go to Disney, and this size is ideal for making adult size t-shirts.
Overall, I love my Cricut EasyPress 2. It’s definitely going to make my life easier when I want to make something with HTV. Plus, the Cricut Heat Guide is fantastic! I am very impressed with the EasyPress.
I now have a 6″ x 7″ Cricut EasyPress 2 and it is perfect for smaller projects, like making baby bodysuits, accessories, hats, and more.
Let’s Use It!
Here’s how easy it is to make a t-shirt with the Cricut EasyPress 2.
You will need:
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
- Iron-On (HTV)
- StandardGrip Machine Mat
- Weeding Tool
1. Open Cricut Design Space on your computer. Click new project. Then, pick the design you want to use. I found one under the Projects tab. It’s a Cricut Access design, so it’s ready to use. You can choose to Customize it and change the size or Make It as is. I chose to Make It.
2. When you’ve selected Make It, mirror the image. Click Continue. Make sure your Circuit machine is connected and turned on. Put your HTV on the Cutting Mat shiny side down and set your machine to Iron On. Load the mat and press the blinking C. When your machine is finished cutting, unload the mat.
I always cut my design out of the full HTV sheet so I can save the rest for another project.
I wanted to make the words a different color than the palm trees/land, so I loaded another color of HTV on the mat and cut the design again. Afterwards, I cut the palm trees/land from the green HTV and the words from the pink HTV.
3. Weed your design. When you’ve finished, you’re ready to use the Cricut EasyPress 2!
Directions: Using The Cricut EasyPress 2
4. Head to Cricut’s Heat Guide website. Choose your heat-transfer and base materials. The Heat Guide will tell you what temperature and time you need to use. Turn your EasyPress on and set it according to Cricut’s Heat Guide.
The Heat Guide will you walk you through the entire process, as every material is different.
5. Place your t-shirt on the EasyPress Mat on a flat surface.
When your EasyPress 2 is ready (the C will turn from orange to green), put it on your t-shirt for 5 seconds. Then, place your design where you want it on your t-shirt. When you’re happy with the placement, put the Cricut EasyPress 2 on top of the design and click the C to start the timer. Apply pressure. After 30 seconds, you will hear a beep, letting you know it’s finished. Then, flip the shirt over and press for an additional 15 seconds.
Let your design cool slightly. When it’s still warm (but not hot), try peeling the liner. If the HTV did not completely adhere to your t-shirt, press again. When you can peel the whole liner off, your project is complete!
Cricut EasyPress 2
So, do you need a Cricut EasyPress 2? Yes! If you enjoy making things with HTV vinyl, I would highly recommend using one. It’s a lot easier to use (and more efficient!) than an iron.
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