Heat Press

Heat Press

A heat press is a large type commercial iron. It has controls for pre-set temperature, time and pressure, making it ideal for the application of heat transfer vinyl to fabric, garments (such as T-shirts) and other media.

Using the Heat Press

A heat press is used to apply heat transfer vinyl to fabric, garments (such as T-shirts) and other media. Other uses include:

  • applying iron-on interfacing to fabric during garment construction
  • as a press for embossing leather
  • as a simple printing press and setter for heat-set inks

Christchurch City Libraries have four heat presses:

  • Level 4, Auahatanga, Tūranga
  • Auahatanga – South Library
  • Auahatanga – New Brighton Library
  • Auahatanga – Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Our heat presses are available during creative drop-in sessions, by booking a session using our  Book a Creative form to arrange a time that suits, or during select programming.

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Design constraints

The area capable of being pressed is approximately 380 x 380 mm.


There is no charge to use the heat press machine.

(See our Vinyl printing and cutting page for prices on printable heat transfer vinyl which can be pressed onto fabrics or our Craft cutter page for prices on single-colour heat transfer vinyl)


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