HTV and Vinyl Decal Personalization

The Unlimited Stitch offers personalization services utilizing heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl for monogramming and personalizing gift items, business wear, spirit wear, special occasion shirts, and more.

Heat transfer vinyl, or HTV for short, is a specialty vinyl polymer that can be used on certain fabrics and materials to create designs and promotional products.  

Utilizing heat transfer vinyl is a great option to create personalized apparel, business wear and spirit wear especially with single or two color designs without a lot of fine details.  With HTV coming in a large variety of colors and finishes like matte, glossy, metallic, and glitter, it can be a much more cost effective means of personalizing than embroidery.  And with so many specialized heat transfer vinyls available, we can find the best option available to utilize on the items you want personalized.

Great Items to Use HTV to Personalize:

  • School and team spirit wear shirts and sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants and flannel pants
  • Headbands
  • Team Uniforms
  • Names/numbers on backs of uniforms
  • Company work shirts
  • Concert tees
  • Trendy kids tees
  • Birthday shirts
  • Family trips shirts
  • Reunion shirts
  • Anniversary Shirts
  • Holiday shirts
  • Pumpkin Fest Shirts


Adhesive vinyl comes in many colors and finishes as well but is primarily used on smooth, hard surfaces like glass, plastic, metal and smooth wood.  This type of vinyl does not need a heat press as it has an adhesive glue on the underside of it like a sticker.   We use adhesive vinyl to create stickers and decals for cups, mugs, baseball helmets, car decals, signs, and more.  Adhesive vinyl comes in different levels of stickiness, so its very important to understand and follow the care instructions for these personalized items.


Let's Compare HTV and Embroidery

 HTV Vinyl Pros vs Embroidery
  • Less expensive
  • Soft feel inside the shirt - embroidered shirts can have slight scratching feeling inside from the back of the stitching
  • Quick to have made up 
  • Big colorful full designs 

HTV Vinyl Cons vs Embroidery

  • Not as durable - embroidery stitching is very strong, HTV is only rated for 25-30 washes on average
  • Small detailed designs with vinyl are not the best for good adhesion to garments


    What's the difference between HTV and screen printing?

    • Designs are cut out of sheets of heat transfer vinyl and applied to a garment utilizing a heat press for a certain period of time, temperature and pressure.  Screen printing utilizes screens that have a design burned into them and specialized plastisol ink is squeezed through the screens and after it dries it is stuck to the fabric. 


    The Unlimited Stitch does NOT utilize traditional screen printing methods for our apparel.  While screen printing is a great option for larger shops producing super large volumes of shirts at extremely low prices, we prefer utilizing embroidery, vinyl, digital heat transfers and sublimation to meet our customers personalization and apparel needs.


        Vinyl Fonts

        Here are examples of popular fonts used in our HTV vinyl designs.  We really like these because they are most legible when cut out and pressed on soft items.  If you'd like to see more options, we would love to show you more but we careful what you ask for as there are hundreds and thousands of fonts out there. 


        Vinyl Colors

        Matte Finish Color Options:  

        ***Please note that screens may make colors look different than the actual product.


        Glitter Vinyl Color Options:


        Care Instructions for Heat Transfer Vinyl Items

        Apparel created with heat transfer vinyl needs a little extra TLC to keep it looking nice for a long time.  We recommend that items be turned inside out, washed in cold water and let it air dry for best results.  Items may be dried inside out on low heat in a clothes dryer but this may reduce the lifetime of your item's design. Apparel may be ironed if turned inside out and using a warm iron (wool setting) to press from the back side of the design.  Never directly iron on the decoration.