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Premium HTV Stretch Review & Project Ideas (Silhouette Tutorial)


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A couple of months ago I noticed a new type of heat transfer vinyl on Expressions Vinyl.  It's called Premium HTV and since inquiring minds want to know...I reached out to the good people at EV and asked what it was all about.  What makes it so 'premium', after all?

Well it turns out it's biggest brags are its super stretchability, ultra-matte finish and soft, thin texture.
If you've ever put a big ol' HTV design on a shirt you know it can make it a little..'stiff' or bulky, but not this premium HTV.   I told them I think I need to see this for myself so I can tell my fine readers if this is worth the extra dough. So Expressions Vinyl, being the awesome sauce that they are, sent me a few samples to test.
Well.  Let me just tell you...I might be a little excited about this stuff.  I think I may just be a total convert and not buy any other type of HTV anymore. Well, that's not exactly true since glitter Old Gold is like my all time favorite.

Anyway, let's talk about how to use the Premium HTV.  It looks just like regular Siser Easyweed HTV and you cut it the exact same way.   Just put the shiny side down on the mat and cut the design like you normally would.  Here's an HTV 101 lesson if you need it.

You also weed the same way and apply the same way - with a heat press or iron. Basically nothing changes...expect the results after it's applied.

I applied the Premium HTV to this stretchy cotton headband from Punch Place Plus.

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Look how the HTV stretches with the fabric when pulled (between a door knob and my hand...don't judge). It doesn't crack or peel off the fabric, which is amazing.

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It's also so soft it's difficult to even feel it on the headband, almost like it totally melted into the fabric.  So it works on stretchy cotton - which is awesome and it's like totally functional!  I got lots of compliments when I sported it at the gym recently.

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Next I tested the Premium HTV on a bathing suit - which is made of a nylon and spandex fabric.

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Sure enough it applied easily with my heat press and even when the bathing suit top falls naturally, the vinyl design doesn't create any stiffness or awkward bending in the area.
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Finally I decided to put a large design on a ribbed tank just to see what would happen....need I say more?

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59 comments

  1. I need this in every. single. color. Onesies, baby, onesies.

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  2. I need this too as one granddaughter complains her shirts are too stiff from Grandma's vinyl!

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  3. This HTV looks interesting, especially for larger designs, I dislike the stiffness that often comes with the larger designs.

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  4. How did I live without this for my tanks this long in life?!?!? Great giveaway!!

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  5. This looks like a great product! Can't wait to try it.

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  6. This looks like it would be a lot of fun to try out and play with. I can think of a lot of projects to do!

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  7. This type of vinyl is going to be great for all the tee shirts I make for my grand kids! Maybe I'll even indulge & make something for ME!

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  8. I have yet to try vinyl in my silhouette but I'm excited to give it a go! I have a line-up of projects that I want to do already!

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  9. You always do the coolest stuff with your silhouette. Looking forward to giving this a go.

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  10. Something new to add to my "I need to try that" list

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  11. I love that the premium HTV doesn't crack when stretched. I see lots of tank tops in my future...

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  12. I'm really excited about the durability. This will probably be my go to HTV. Can't wait to order! I love Expressions Vinyl!

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  13. I want to put it on everything too!! I love the bathing suit idea!!

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  14. Perfect for baby goodies, 'cause babies don't need the stiffness.

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  15. Thin and stretchy?!?!!?! Love it.

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  16. looks wonderful - I would love to try it

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  17. looks wonderful - I would love to try it

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  18. Definitely solves the problem! Can't wait to try it!

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  19. I'm so excited to try the premium vinyl! A few of my projects have felt kind of funny because of the other vinyl! Thanks for another chance at an awesome giveaway and another fantastic tutorial!

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  20. This would be great to do my running clothes with cute sayings!

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  21. I'm just now getting into all things HTV, so this would be great to try!

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  22. This would be perfect for my family..........hubby is a big guy so his shirts stretch out.

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  23. Finally! A no crack way to show your HTV creativity on a stretchy surface! Can't wait to get me some of that!!!

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  24. I would use this on all tanks and fitted tees! Bigger busted girls have issues with the regular vinyl puckering up so I would love to see if this solves that problem!

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  25. It's soft and lightweight, winner-winner!

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  26. I'm most excited that it doesn't crack!

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  27. Love that I can make headbands for my granddaughter's basketball team!

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  28. I've made a couple shirts that I think would have been better if the HTV had had some stretch to it. Super excited that that doesn't need to be a problem any more.

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  29. Cool beans man, I need some of this!

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  30. Love the fact that I can now use HTV on stretchy fabrics, like my daughter's dance clothes.

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  31. How could you not be excited about HTV that stretches??

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  32. This stuff is amazing! It's thin and it moves with your body? The possibilities are endless!

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  33. I love that it can be used on stretch material and will not make the item stiff. Almost all of my grand daughter's clothing is stretchy
    Looks like a great product!.

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  34. Very cute! I love all the great colors.

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  35. I would love to be able to do stretchy items without tearing or buckling vinyl! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  36. I didn't even know there was stretch HTV!! I'm so excited - I definitely need some!

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  37. Excited to learn about this type of vinyl. Hope I win!

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  38. I just got my cameo and haven't even got it set up but I'm excited because I'm going to be a great aunt soon and this would be great to make personalized baby items!

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  39. I like to fact that it can handle some stretch. I need to try this product.

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  40. Excited about all the possibilities! Thank you!

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  41. I've never worked with the stretch HTV, hopefully will win so I can try.!

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  42. I love the idea of being able to put it on something stretchy without it getting that crumbled look.

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  43. I have never tried to use HTV yet, sadly. Id love to win this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. I need some to see if I can sublimate to it like you can to siser!

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  45. I am still intimidated by HTV...would love to win this and finally give it a whirl!

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  46. This would be so much fun to play around with!

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  47. I would so love to try this stuff on a headband! Cute!

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  48. Can't wait to try this! I have headbands coming soon.

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  49. Love HTV and would love to try this material out!

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  50. This stuff looks great and very versatile! :)

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  51. Is there a glitter heat vinyl that I can use on stretch material?

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  52. Was putting in an order for HTV and i saw this vinyl and was wondering if it worked. Of course I came here and searched to see if you said anything about it! thanks so much for all your amazing help!!!!

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