One of my favorite materials to get crafty with is iron-on vinyl (also known as heat transfer vinyl). I love being able to customize a store-bought tee shirt or even handmade clothing! It’s fun to work with and there are so many possibilities. My first experience with iron-on vinyl was back in 2012 when I was pregnant with my 2nd baby – I had a neighbor with a cutting machine and she helped me personalize some onesies & little baby hats. They turned out so cute and I was hooked, I’ve used it on so many projects now it would be impossible to count!
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Back then, the only option I had was to use a home iron to apply my iron-on vinyl and let’s just say it wasn’t the easiest or most effective application tool. The temperature of the iron’s plate can vary 100° or more from the middle of the plate to the edges, so it’s impossible to get a consistent press. It’s an awkward shape for this purpose so it requires a lot of overlapping which can scorch your project. You have to apply so.much.pressure in order to get a decent adherence. The way I achieved this was folding the legs of a tabletop ironing board under and placing it on the ground. I’d lay my item on the ironing board, put my iron down and literally lean ALL of my weight onto it. I’d typically have to do this for 45 seconds per area, but my iron auto-shuts off every 15 seconds. So I’d restart it 3 times per area, and I’d have to press several areas to cover the design.
It was a tiring and unnecessarily complicated process, but I wasn’t at a point where I could justify the cost or storage space of a commercial heat press. So I used this clunky home iron process for several years, even for a large customized Santa Sack one year.. that was NOT fun! I would sometimes get decent adherence, but many of the items I customized ended up peeling after being washed and worn multiple times.
Enter the Cricut EasyPress – literally the answer to all of my iron-on woes. It combined the small footprint and lighter weight of the home iron with the even heating and larger heat plate of a heat press. I’ve been obsessed with the EasyPress since it’s debut at the 2017 Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon which I was lucky to attend. It’s easy to use, provides consistent heat, doesn’t require a ton of pressure, and I’ve made countless projects that have survived the test of time without any peeling.
This year, Cricut launched a revamped EasyPress2 with upgraded features and, my favorite part of all, it now comes in 3 sizes. You might find yourself asking, “What are the differences between them?”. I’m here to answer that question!
- 1 size – 9×9″
- Heats up to 350°F
- Sky Blue color
- +/- 9° temperature variance
- Lightweight, portable, easy to store
- Doesn’t recall previous settings
- 3 sizes – 6×7″, 9×9″, 12×10″
- Heats up to 400°F
- Raspberry color
- +/- 5° temperature variance
- Lightweight, portable, easy to store
- Recalls previous setting
- Thicker heat plate
- Smaller base
- Heats up to 25% faster
- USB port for firmware updates
Honestly, my favorite upgrade is the new sizes! The 6×7″ is perfect for small projects like onesies, baby hats, makeup bags, duffel bags, etc. And not to mention how cute it is! This one would also be great to travel with. It doesn’t take up much room, and you could press in sections if needed. At the lowest price point, this is an amazing option!
The best part about using a smaller press is you don’t have to worry about uneven pressure from seams getting in the way. I used my 6×7 EasyPress 2 to customize this tiny 3-month sized onesie. The EasyPress heated up so quickly and adhered the iron-on perfectly.
The medium sized 9×9″ EasyPress 2 is a great middle ground if you’re not sure which size you’d use most. This size is perfect for kids to adult sized shirts, tote bags, wood signs, and more. I used my 9×9″ EasyPress 2 to customize a size 4/5 children’s shirt. The 9×9″ plate is perfect for the size of the design.
The large sized 12×10″ EasyPress 2 is my favorite of the 3. I love to customize shirts for family trips and this 12×10″ size is amazing even for the largest adult sizes! I love that I can size the design appropriately for the larger items and still only have to press it once. I used my 12×10″ EasyPress 2 to customize a size Large adult sweatshirt. It was the perfect size for this project.
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The new sizes and features of the EasyPress 2 open the door for more projects, more materials, and more creativity. You are able to pick a size that best suits your project needs, storage space, and budget. And if you ask me, any of them would make a great gift for the crafters in your life!
You might wonder why I’d prefer the Cricut EasyPress2 over a commercial heat press as well. There are a few reasons for that:
- The EasyPress takes up way less room, and space is limited in my craft room.
- I have burned my hands using a heat press because there is not much room when you’re trying to place your project under the heating plate. (even with the heat plate swung away and the base pulled out)
- The lack of room means you have to lay your project out somewhere else to get it lined up and level, and then move it to the work area.
- Heat presses are pretty massive and very heavy. I like being able to move my EasyPresses around depending on where I’m working, and even bring them to craft nights with family or friends!
So there you have it, my obsession with the Cricut EasyPress has only grown since the release of the EasyPress2! Decide which size(s) will be suit your needs and put them on your holiday wish list 🙂 Or, if you’re like me, find a reason to gift it to yourself asap. You deserve it!
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