There’s no doubt about it: COVID-19 has turned the world upside-down. For more than a year, businesses have been shuttered, children have been forced to shift to “remote learning”, arrows have been placed on floors to direct shoppers where to stand and what direction to walk in, Plexiglas barriers have been erected around cashiers and between tables at restaurants, people have been ordered to stay at home in an effort remain “socially distant”; and those are just a few of the abrupt changes that have been put into effect around the world.
There’s no denying that the changes that have taken place over the last year have put a real strain on the global society. During these harrowing times, there’s something that’s become quite popular (other than so-called “new normal” actions and activities). What is it? – Heat pressing?
What is a heat press machine and why has it become so popular during COVID-19? Let’s take a look.
Put simply, a heat press machine is a device that is designed to transfer graphic designs onto a substrate. As the name suggests, a heat press machine uses heat to transfer and adhere a graphic image or a slogan onto various types of substrates, such as clothing, hats, bags, and even jigsaw puzzles, mouse pads, notebooks, glasses, towels, ceramic, and umbrellas. The options are virtually limitless!
The machine features a metal surface, known as a “platen”, which is heated electronically. The substrate and the graphic image are both placed in the machine (in the appropriate location), the machine is closed, pressure is applied to the platen, heat is applied to the image, and the image is then transferred onto the substrate.
It’s important to note that the above-mentioned description is just a simple overview of how the process works. Each heat press machine comes with detailed instructions, which explains how to use the machine.
Why Have Heat Press Machines Become So Popular?
So, why is it that heat press machines have become so popular since COVID-19 brought the world to a halt and completely changed the way of life? There are a number of reasons. For one thing, as people were forced to stay home, they were looking for activities to do, and crafting was a natural choice for many. A lot of people who already owned heat press machines ramped up the production of the items that they were making, and individuals who had never used a heat press machine before became interested in the nifty things that they can be used to create.
Another reason for the increased popularity of heat press machines during COVID-19 is due to an accessory that health and government officials have told the general public that they must wear: face masks. Many people have opted for cloth face masks in an effort to save money, but cloth face masks can be pretty bland. With a heat press machine, plan masks can be dressed up with images, slogans, logos, quotes, or sayings.