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SportFlex Iron-on: Cutting and application instructions

Cricut SportFlex iron-on is thin and lightweight and is made to stretch and flex on activewear. Recommended for tech fabrics like polyester and nylon. 

 

Cutting SportFlex Iron-on with a Cricut machine

  1. Place iron-on sheet, liner side down, onto Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat. 
  2. Adjust your machine settings according to the Iron-on Kiss Cut Guide below. (A kiss cut is a cut that only goes through the iron-on film and leaves the liner intact.)
  3. Select and size the images(s) you want to cut. Be sure to flip all images prior to cutting so they appear backwards (mirror image). 
  4. Load mat into the machine and cut image(s).

 

 

Application Instructions

Application steps are very important when it comes to extending the life of embellished items.

 

Pre-check

  • Make sure you are following the full application instructions. It is important to pre-heat the design area, heat the design for the recommended amount of time, then apply heat from the reverse side of the design for the recommended amount of time as this will help the iron-on material set into the fabric fibers.
  • Be sure you are applying iron-on to a clean garment or item.
    • Pre-wash the item before application. Many textiles are treated with chemicals that make the colors appear more vibrant on display in stores. These chemicals need to be removed before applying iron-on for best adhesion. Avoid using fabric softener when pre-washing materials.
    • Pre-washing the item before application will also eliminate any shrinking that may occur.
  • If using a layered design, we recommend only layering with other SportFlex iron-on to preserve the flexibility and stretchability of your design. Do not layer over glitter iron-on. The material may seem to iron-on fine, but when washed, the material on top of the glitter layer will begin to peel away.

 

To ensure best results, test a piece of Cricut Iron-on in an inconspicuous part of the item prior to application.

 

Application

These instructions are for using an iron with SportFlex iron-on. Click here for recommended EasyPress settings.

  1. Remove negative Cricut iron-on film, leaving only the desired cut image on the liner (this process is known as weeding). Using the weeding tool found in the Cricut Tool Kit can make this process faster and easier. 
  2. Set your iron to the Wool setting. Make sure the steam setting is OFF for steam irons.  
  3. Use the iron to preheat the area of the material in which you will be applying your cut image for 5-10 seconds.*
  4. Place the weeded image, liner side up, onto the preheated material.* Apply medium pressure with the iron for 30 seconds. 
  5. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 15 seconds.*
  6. Let cool 1-2 minutes, then remove lining. 

*A press cloth (or a clean cotton cloth, such as a dishtowel) is not required, but may be desired to protect your base material from imprint by the iron or EasyPress.  

 

Application Tips

  • A firm ironing surface is recommended over significant padding for best results. 
  • If a portion of the image isn't sticking, replace the liner over the film and re-iron the piece with the iron tip for 10 seconds, moving it back and forth with firm pressure directly over loose edges. 
  • Using the Wool setting of the iron provides the best results for most polyester and nylon fabrics. 

 

Care Instructions

Wait 24 hours before washing. 

For longest life, wash and dry the embellished item inside-out. 

If there are areas of the Iron-on material which seem to be coming off after being washed, simply re-iron the material in place following the complete application instructions.

 

Results may vary. Use this product at your own risk. 

 

SportFlex Iron-On Kiss Cut Guide

Machine

Blade Depth

Pressure

Speed

Multi-cut

Blade Assembly

Cricut Personal

Cricut Create

Cricut Expression

              3

Medium

Medium

            1

Regular

Cricut Expression 2

              3

                      2

Medium

            1

Regular

Cricut Imagine

              3

                     2

Medium

            1

Regular

Cricut Mini

              3

                      3

Medium

            1

Regular

Cricut Explore

Turn the Smart Set Dial to “Custom” and select “SportFlex Iron-On” from the list of custom materials.

Fine Point

Cricut Maker

Select the "SportFlex Iron-On" setting Fine Point

 

Results may vary. Always do a test cut to verify settings.