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 three heat presses:

  • Level 4, Auahatanga, Tūranga
  • Auahatanga – South Library
  • Auahatanga – New Brighton Library

Our heat presses are available during creative drop-in sessions, by requesting a one-on-one session, or during select programming.

Auahatanga - South Library

Open Creative Time, Thursdays at 10am to 3pm

Auahatanga - New Brighton Library

Afterschool Open Creative Time, for ages 9+: Fridays 3.30pm to 5pm
Weekend Open Creative Time, Saturdays 2pm to 3pm


General session, including 3D printing: Thursdays at 10am to 12noon
Youth Creative Time, including 3D printing, for ages 12-25: Fridays 4pm to 5.30 pm​

If none of these times suit then you can use our Book a Librarian form to arrange a time that suits you to get one-on-one help.

Creative Times at Tūranga

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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