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How to Use a Hat Press Attachment on an 8 In 1 Heat Press

Using the hat press attachment on an 8 in 1 heat press machine is pretty easy - if you know how to swap out the attachments! 

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I love having the cap press as part of the 8 in 1 heat press rather than a stand alone hat press machine because it saves so much space. In this hat press tutorial I'll show you how use the attachment plus the best settings for heat transfer vinyl and sublimation! 
The Swing Design 15x15" 8 in 1 heat press machine I have includes not only the swing away press but also the hat press attachment, 4 in 1 mug press, and two different size plate presses. 

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The press includes a large screw driver that's needed to disassemble the top and bottom platen when you want to use the hat press for HTV or sublimation hats. 

Make sure the heat press is powered off and cool before you begin.  

Start by unplugging the heating coil between the 15x15" top press and the main base. 

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Pull the handle forward so the top platen is completely down. This will just make sure it doesn't fall off when you unscrew it. 

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Use the screwdriver to unscrew the two large bolts holding the top platen in place. 

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Carefully lift the pressure handle and remove the top platen. 

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Unscrew the wing nuts under the bottom platen...

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Remove the bottom platen of the heat press. 

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Now it's time to assembly the 8 in 1 heat press' hat press which consists of two parts. 

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Use the wingnuts you removed from under the bottom platen to secure the lower part of the hat press into place. 

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The top part of hat press should be attached under the handle where the top platen originally was. Again, use the large screwdriver to tighten the bolts and hold it into place. 

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Finally attach the heating coil into the main base.

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You can now power on the heat press. 

If you are putting HTV on a hat you want to set the hat press settings according to the recommended time and temperature for the heat transfer vinyl you are usually. For Siser Easyweed that would be 305 degrees for 20 seconds. If you are using glitter HTV the standard temperature is 320 degrees for 20 seconds - but check the specs for the brand you are using. 

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If you are using the hat press for sublimation, you want to heat it up to 400 degrees for 1 minute to apply to polyester hats like the popular two tone trucker hats.  

Hats should be positioned on the press with the brim facing up closest to you. 

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