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Date: 10/14/13 1:33 PM

I am a runner and I am trying to put some sayings and pictures on some of my plain running shirts. They are 100% polyester wicking shirts. If I attempt to iron on some letters and/or logs I am pretty sure I will melt the fabric. Can I lay a washcloth over the iron on and get it to attach that way? I don't want to mess up a perfectly good shirt attempting this.

So it boils down to how can I iron on decals on a 100% polyester shirt?

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Date: 10/14/13 5:18 PM

It depends on how hot the decals need to stick and how much heat your shirts can take.

A pressing cloth will not help if the iron is hotter then the shirt can take, it will just delay the shirt melting.

If the decals need high heat and the shirt can only handle low this may be a time for something like fabric paint.

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Date: 10/14/13 6:16 PM

I recently embellished a stretchy rayon/spandex T-shirt using iron-on inkjet transfers. Like you, I was nervous about the iron damaging the fabric (the only only only fabric I have ever ruined with my iron was rayon, so I may be a little touchier with it than is merited. YMMV). I did a teeny tiny test transfer on the back hem (mine was like a little logo, but you could practice on the inside hem, so it's not visible).

I was surprised that everything turned out as well as it did. I didn't use a press cloth because I couldn't see the transfer... but the instructions plainly said to IRON the transfer (moving the iron around), which helps lessen the risk for scorching/melting.

Where I did run into significant issues, however, was with the transfers themselves. Unlike a screen print, where the ink settles into the fabric fibers, the applied transfer is one large sheet... and it's visible as one large sheet, somewhat shiny everywhere, and worst of all, cracks with the stretch of the fabric. (A less stretchy top would make that less of an issue, obviously!) So, again, depending on what you're using for the embellishment, definitely do at least one total test version on a shirt you don't mind practicing on, so you can work out ALL the variables first!

Have fun! I love projects like this. What will your shirts say?

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Date: 10/14/13 7:19 PM

You might try using a silk organza press cloth. I've had good luck ironing weird material using mine. Yesterday I ironed the wrinkles out of a large woven plastic bird seed bag with no problems. The other good thing about this is that you can see through the organza.

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Date: 10/15/13 3:03 AM

What kind of transfers are you talking about? I've used iron-on letters bought some eBay on several occasions on my wicking running tops for races and had no issues with melting whatsoever. I just used the plastic sheet the letters came on as the "press cloth" too.

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Date: 10/15/13 1:36 PM

I want to iron things like, "I Tri" and some Bible verses on my shirts. I did my 1st sprint triathlon a few weeks ago and loved the saying. So I may just take 1 shirt (I only paid $2 for it) and try iron on the letters.

I went to JoAnn's and got some letters and I saw that they also had this roll of iron on material that you can run through your printer? I took a pic of it and now I have deleted the pic.

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