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Connect your power heat press to a grounded electrical socket that is appropriate for the appliance's voltage. Provide an outlet with a 7.5-amp circuit for 120-volt heat press machines. Plug the more powerful 240-volt heat press machines into outlets with a 15-amp circuit.
Ensure that the top platen is in the open position before turning on your power press. Locate the temperature control knob on manual heat presses or the temperature control buttons on digital heat presses and set the machine to the temperature specified by the transfer paper instructions. Wait at least 15 minutes for the desired temperature. Watch the small Ready light on digital heat press models to know when your machine is preheated for use.
Increase or decrease the pressure on your power press depending on what type of transfer item you are using. Increase the machine's pressure to transfer images and designs to flat, thin items, such as banners, clothing or jigsaw puzzles. Reduce or decrease the machine's pressure to transfer items to thick, raised items, such as vases, bowls or coffee mugs. Note that on power press machines the pressure is adjusted via a clearly labeled knob or button.
Consult the instructions included with your transfer paper to determine how long it will take to complete the heat transfer. Locate the knob or buttons that control the countdown timer for your power heat press. Adjust the timer to the desired amount of time. Note that most power press machines allow you to set the timer for between 1 and 99 seconds, though some commercial models will allow you to complete even longer heat cycles.
Situate your transfer item, as desired, on the bottom platen of your power press. Lay your printed transfer paper directly on the item. Consult the paper instructions for specific placement advice.
Close the preheated top heat press platen over your transfer item and transfer design. Check to ensure that the countdown timer has started, or start the timer manually, if necessary. Apply moderate pressure to manual heat press machines. Note that digital power heat press machines require little, if any, pressure to complete successful heat transfers.
Lift the top power press platen when the countdown alarm goes off. Remove the paper from your transfer item as directed by the transfer paper instructions. Some types of paper will instruct you to wait for the item to cool before removing the paper, while others recommend peeling back the paper while the item is still warm.
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