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What Is A Cricut EasyPress 2?

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What is a Cricut EasyPress 2 and why would you need one? The EasyPress 2 is a heat press tool used with your Cricut heat transfer vinyl, Iron-ons, Infusible Ink pens, and Infusible Ink transfer sheets. Why do you need an EasyPress 2? Do you already have a Cricut machine? Are you really into DIY and crafts? Do you get excited by the idea that you can create your own graphic T-shirts, tote bags, baby onesies, and other heat transfer crafts? Then you have found the right tool to make your DIY and craft dream come true!

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You may ask, why can’t I just use a regular iron to do my heat transfer and iron-on projects. That is a good question! I have seen many iron-on failed projects and my share of frustration from a regular iron. Please don’t make the same mistake I did! I had a project I spent hours on, to only have it ruined a week later by one washing.

Talk about a big disappointment! If I’m going to spend time on a project, I am not going to waste my time doing it halfway. I admit I am a perfectionist when it comes to my craft projects and as a mom, I have very little free time to do them. I know every mom can relate to that!

I know I had a squirrel moment there! Dang those squirrels!


Back to my battle with the iron and why the EasyPress 2 has solved my iron-on project woes. I’ve had iron-in projects ruined from uneven heating because I did not have an EasyPress 2 at the time. I will explain why! A regular iron will not get hot enough, an iron is not able to provide even steady pressure and heat, and/or wide enough to complete the project. All of the iron-in transfer materials will require different heat settings and heating time for the transfer to be completed. The EasyPress 2 has an easy temperature and timer controls, to take the guesswork and frustration out of your projects.

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You can change the EasyPress 2 temperature control between Celsius and Fahrenheit. You can do this by holding down the Temp button next to the power button on the left side of the screen. If your EasyPress 2 seems to be running on the cool side check to see if the temp is set on Celsius. You can increase or decrease the temperature and timer countdown using the Plus (+) or Minus (-) buttons on the right side of the screen. The Timer button is located on the left side of the screen under the Temp button.



Always heat up your EasyPress 2 on the stand it comes with, the Cricut Button will be “Orange” at this time. The Cricut button will turn “Green” when the EasyPress 2 is ready to be used on your project. Place your project on the EasyPress Mat and following the project directions for your iron-on or transfer, then put the EasyPress 2 on top of your project.

The timer will start to count down when you press the “Green” Cricut button. When the timer goes off lift the EasyPress 2 from your project and place back on its stand. Following any remaining instruction for your project and you are done! You do need help with a heat transfer project? Check out this great Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide here! (https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide)

Very important tip: Don’t forget! When you do any heat press or transfer projects that your image and text needs to be a mirror image. You must do this before you run your project through the Cricut machine or everything will be backward! Unless that was your plan for the project from the beginning!

                                      Cricut EasyPress2 Sizes

     1.92" x 3.25"

          6" x 7"

          9" x 9"

         12" x 10"



The EasyPress 2 and EasyPress Mats comes in four sizes the mini, 6″x 7″, 9″x 9″, and 12″x 10″. I currently have the EasyPress 2 – 6″x 7″ and EasyPress Mats. If and went I start getting the itch to do a larger project then I will upgrade to the 12″ x 10″. The biggest EasyPress 2 is perfect if you want to start a T-shirt business because you can do any size graphic up to 12″ x 10″ which is great for an adult size shirt and smaller.

This chart below details the heat settings and timing for the different material that you can use with the Cricut heat transfer vinyl and iron-on product line. Feel free to print this post so you can save this chart for yourself. In each block the heat setting is on top and the timing for the transfer is in seconds on the lower half of the dividing line. The letter in parentheses is telling you how to set the Mini EasyPress. (L) is for the Low setting and the (M) is for the medium setting. I included a detailed notes section at the bottom of the chart for how to use the Mini EasyPress settings.

                                            Cricut EasyPress Heating Settings Chart

                                                                Warm Peel

                    Cold Peel

Everyday, Lite, & Metallic

       Glitter

  Holographic

    Sport-Flex

         Foil

    Patterned

Burlap

305F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

Cotton

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

Don't use

295F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Cotton/
Poly Blend

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

Don't use

295F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Cotton Canvas

340F (M)
 50s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

290F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Felt

280F (L)
 30s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

265F (L)
 20s

Jersey Mesh

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Polyester

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

295F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Silk

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

255F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Nylon

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

305F (M)
 30s

255F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Cardstock

280F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

Don't use

270F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

Chipboard

315F (M)
 30s

315F (M)
 30s

315F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

315F (M)
 30s

Faux Leather

280F (L)
 30s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

265F (L)
 20s

Wood

300F (M)
 40s

300F (M)
 40s

300F (M)
 40s

Don't use

Don't use

305F (M)
 30s

Cricut EasyPress Mini Heat Settings: 

(L) - Low: For lightweight, delicate, synthetic, or heat-sensitive fabrics; also great for more delicate heat-transfer vinyl, such as Foil Iron-On. Use with sensitive base materials or heat-transfer materials that transfer between 255°F (125°C) – 295°F (145°C).
(M) - Medium: For most fabrics and heat-transfer vinyl. Use with most base materials or heat-transfer materials that transfer between 300°F (150°C) – 355°F (180°C).

(H) - High: For Infusible Ink projects and blanks. Use with Infusible Ink materials, heavy-duty base materials, and other heat-transfer materials that transfer between 360°F (185°C) – 400°F (205°C).



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I hope this post was helpful to you in explaining what the EasyPress 2 is and helping you decide which EasyPress to get!

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