Hot Textile Work With Tyvek

Guidance notes:

Using Tyvek for Hot Textiles work enables artists to creative beautiful and unique works. There are a few things to note when working with Tyvek that will help ensure that your work turns out the way you expect. Heating Tyvek enables you to create 3D effects through the application of heat to bubble and distort the surface. Prior to heating, the addition of colour will add and extra depth to your final creation.

Using the correct paints & colours:

Points to note:

If you are going to decorate the Tyvek® please make sure that the colours you use are suitable for heating and will not give off toxic fumes. If you are unsure about the colours you are using always work in a well-ventilated room and wear a mask.


Regardless of which weight of Tyvek you use you will be amazed at the end results that you can achieve.  Each GSM weight will react differently and one of our Tyvek Sample Packs is a great way to experiment.

When you have found you ideal weight, we have great value packs of 30 sheets that are a fantastic buy!

When the Tyvek is heated the surface of it becomes distorted, and you can create a range of 3D effects that will always be unique.

It is always best to cut your Tyvek into the rough shape that you need prior to heating and it does become more difficult to cut afterward.

Using Colour:

Prior to heating Tyvek® can be stitched, cut or coloured in many different ways.

A suggestion for colouring:

  • Fabric paints and dyes
  • Colour pencils and felt pens
  • Apply colour with a brush or sponge, or try spraying
  • Printing a design through an inkjet printer

DO NOT use with a laser printer or in a photocopier because the machines run too hot and will fuse the Tyvek® onto the rollers or drums).


Tyvek® shrinks and distorts when heated. It tends to shrink away from the heat source.


  • A heat gun – heat from the underside to form a dome, the upper side to form a hollow. Don’t get too close to the surface and start gradually and NEVER allow the Tyvek® to burn as it may combust and will give off fumes. Use a heat gun on a low setting.
  • An iron – protect Tyvek® from the iron’s direct heat with baking parchment. Use the iron by hovering just above the surface, with the iron on its highest setting so it acts more like a heat gun.

After Heating:

Always allow the Tyvek® to cool before handling. You can grip the sheets with long handle tweezers or similar or wear heat protect gloves to keep a grip on the Tyvek®.

Further Experimenting

Tyvek® can be sewn, cut and glued. Because of its strength it cannot be torn therefore has great structural properties for 3D work.

You can purchase Tyvek at the best prices available at the following links:

Tyvek Mixed A4 sample pack

Packs of 30 A4 sheets of Tyvek:

42gsm Fabric style Tyvek A4 Sheets

55gsm Light weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

75gsm Medium weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

105gsm Heavy weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

Make Banners & Posters for Easter!

Make the perfect Easter Banner

It might seem a long way off but easter is not that far away.

If you are thinking about creating easter posters either on a wide format UV injkjet printer for a commercial run or getting creative by hand painting your signs, our Yellow coated Tyvek rolls are the perfect robust solution.

Coated on each side in vibrant Yellow, with a special inkjet receptive coating, These rolls of Yellow Tyvek 1073D (75gsm) are the perfect choice.  Perfect for double sided creations.

Tyvek is waterporoof and highly tear resistant so can withstand harsh weather conditions.

With a stunning yellow canvas your prints will shout Easter!

Why not add our adhesive grommets to your order so that your banners and posters can be hung with ease!

When is Easter Monday in 2020?:

Easter Monday: 13th of April 2020.

Sewing Instructions for paper style Tyvek

Sewing Hard Structure Tyvek@ – Type 10

  • Use 3-5 stitches/inch (1.2-2 stitches/cm) at low tension to eliminate skipping.
  • Use #306 (Union Special) or #14 (Singer) needle, or equivalent.
  • Use a flat tipped needle that cuts slit-like perforations. “Rock Point” (Union Special) or “Narrow Wedge” (Singer) will permit top speed operation with the same thread used for round-point needles.
  • The informal industry standard of 25/4 tex (24/4cc) glace thread of short staple cotton in #14 and #036 needles have given satisfactory performance in outdoor banners when coupled with 16.5/3 tex (36/6cc) soft looper thread.
  • If smaller diameter thread is required, 14.5/4 tex (40/4cc) glace thread of “Sak” quality should provide satisfactory results.

Sewing Fabric Tyvek Styles – Type 14 and Type 16 Guidance

Spenic is the UK distributor for Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75

Spenic is pleased to announce that it is the UK distributor for DuPont™ Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75

Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75 is the ideal choice for users of the HP Indigo digital press range.

The standard sheet size is B2, however Spenic can covert these sheets into differing formats such and SRA2, SRA3 and SRA4 to suit additional HP Indigo machines.

In response to the increased demand for sheeted substrates for digital printing for products in design, decoration, gifts, visual communications and more, DuPont has developed a new Tyvek® offering for printers using the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press. Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75 are sheets of 75g/m2 Tyvek® with a surface finish that enhances print quality.

Thanks to this new finish on Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75, the print colours will be even stronger, more vivid and more durable than on traditional Tyvek® material.

Find out on this document the DuPont™ Tyvek® substrates that are certified for use on HP Indigo digital presses and HP Latex printers

Produced in either single or double aide coated versions. Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75 is a perfect choice for high definition colour prints that need the robust media quality and feel only available through the use of Tyvek®.

Contact Spenic to purchase Tyvek® DigiGo™ 75 and differentiate your print offerings.

Spenic Supporting CRISIS with Tyvek Recycling Programme

Spenic print media supports CRISIS through its Tyvek recycling programme

Registered Charity numbers: E&W1082947, SCO40094


Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. Through life-changing employment, housing and wellbeing services, they support people who are at risk of homelessness, sleeping rough, or living in unstable accommodation, to leave homelessness behind permanently. Using research and direct experience with their members, they campaign for the political commitment and social changes needed to make homelessness in Britain a thing of the past.

The Spenic Tyvek® recycling programme is supporting Crisis to deliver vital services to over 10,000 homeless people at Crisis’s 11 Skylight centres across the year. Crisis Skylight centres provide innovative education, employment, housing and wellbeing services to help people leave homeless behind for good. Coaches and tutors carefully address everyone’s needs, giving them the tools they need to find work, accommodation and positive wellbeing.

Spenic donates the funds raised through the issue of Tyvek® collections bags to Crisis to help their vital work in supporting homeless people

Crisis staff understand that each person’s homelessness is different. At Skylight centres, progression coaches work one-on-one with members to help them identify solutions to their homelessness and leave it behind.

This can include helping members to access relevant training opportunities and educational courses delivered at our Skylight centres. Accredited learning at Crisis Skylight centres can include:

  • core subjects such as Literacy, Maths and IT
  • vocational courses such as painting and decorating
  • wellbeing activities such as yoga, Wing Chun and boxing
  • visual arts and theatre, including hat-making, painting and drama.

Coaches work with members to help them improve their physical and mental wellbeing, either through one-on-one counselling sessions or group sessions. Improving an individual’s social network is also vital to improving their overall wellbeing, and evening events, informal social groups and member zones provide opportunities for people to make life-changing connections.

Gaining work is central to finding a sustainable route out of homelessness; having a job brings financial stability, independence and self-respect. Crisis’s Employment services help people find and keep jobs by offering access to education, employability training and grants. Crisis offers personalised support to help people set and reach their goals around work, and also run their own social enterprises such as cafes and shops which offer people on-the-job training.

Coaches support clients throughout their journey into employment, from CV writing to interview practice and help buying smart work clothes. Coaches will also work with clients who are looking to find a settled home, helping members to explore past experiences of renting and to address any barriers that might prevent them from moving into independent accommodation.

Crisis knows that homelessness can be ended, and what it will take to get there. In 2017-18 Crisis was able to support 784 people into work, 2,556 to achieve improved wellbeing and 832 people into accommodation, and Spenic is delighted to support Crisis to end homelessness for more people across Britain in 2019.

Participate now by joining the programme:

Tyvek Recycling


Bayer Makrofol Fabrication


Makrofol and Bayfol can be screen printed using acrylic and PVC-based inks.

Ink adhesion is excellent and no pre-treatment of the film is required. Because of the film’s high heat resistance, printing inks can be quickly dried at high temperatures.


Makrofol can be easily die-cut with a variety of steel rule dies. For the best overall results in terms of clean cuts, precision and die longevity, side-bevel rule is recommended. With this configuration, the long-bevel side should face the scrap material displacement rather than the short side bevel.


Makrofol can be thermoformed at a temperature of 190°C (374°F), with the mold temperature at 110°C (230°F). If the film is to be heated very rapidly, it should first be dried for 3 to 4 hours at 100°C (212°F).


Except for Makrofol LT and BL films, all Makrofol and Bayfol films are suitable for cold forming and offer dimensional stability at high service temperatures up to 130°C (266°F) for Makrofol and 100°C (212°F) for Bayfol films.


Substrates carrying printed information can be bonded using transfer adhesives, double-sided adhesive tapes, screen printed adhesives or two-component adhesives. For film-to-film bonding, solvents such as methylene chloride are normally used.


Makrofol and Bayfol can be welded to certain other thermoplastics such as PC and ABS using ultrasonic methods.

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Flame Retardant Coated Tyvek

Flame retardant coated Tyvek

Flame retardant coated Tyvek from

We have launched what will be the start of an extended range of Flame retardant certified media, which includes both paper and fabric styles of Tyvek.

Just a point to mention, there is a clear distinction between flame proof and flame retardant.  Flame proof relates to items that do not burn such as concrete, and steel etc.

Flame Retardant means that the product does not carry a flame. A sample definition is as follows:

“Flame Retardant. n. A substance that is applied to fabric, wood, or other material in order to make it resistant to catching fire. Also called fire retardantflame?-re·tar?dant adj.”

Very Important Information:

Our specialist coatings are all water based and do not contain any environmentally harmful substances. We operate under the tightest controls in order to deliver quality, safe solutions.

Please take a moment to look at our four flag ship variants:





Flame Retardant Paper: Flame Retardant Paper rolls

These products offer the great qualities of Tyvek including strength, durability and lightweight, with the added benefit of being able to be used in confined spaces confirming to building fire regulations.

If you would like to discuss your application and the suitability of our Flame Retardant Coated Tyvek please call 00 44 (0)1454 430 209 or email

Sewing Fabric Tyvek Styles – Type 14 and Type 16 Guidance

Sewing Type 14 and Type 16 Tyvek®:

Sewing Fabric Tyvek is a great way of making protective sleeves and fashion garments, either from our standard white range or our metalized silver, pink or blue variants.

The guide below will help you set up your machines in order to get the best results for your application.

We also operate a full service pattern-making and sewing facility so, should you want to, we can quote for making up your final items for you. Spenic Sewing Services


Use up to 12 stitches/inch (4.7 stitches/cm), however, 6-8 stitches/inch (2.4- 3.1 stitches/cm) provide the highest seam strength (greatest resistance to postage stamp tear).

Use a fine-tooth feed dog – 12 to 21 teeth/inch (4.7-8.3 teeth/cm)

Decrease presser-foot tension until the sheet just feeds through the machine without slipping. About 10 lb. (4.5 kg) force should be sufficient.

Decrease bobbin tension until the bobbin just slips down the thread: 3 oz. (85g)

Wind bobbin with thread tension set so that the thread just slips through the disc: 2 oz. (57g)

After setting bobbin tension, adjust the needle tension to produce a balanced stitch.

Conventional threads of cotton/synthetic or 100% polyester may be used. Spun-filament polyester is stronger than cotton thread and is preferred for flame resistant considerations.

Media & Packaging Conversion

Spenic Converters

The premier flexible media converters in the UK.

Spenic Converters provide high quality product transformation services to the print and packaging industry covering medical and food grade through to publishing and fine art media.

At our conversion facility in Alton, Hampshire, we undertake sheeting, guillotining/panelling, re-reeling / re-winding and Razor, Shear & Lathe slitting. Our facilities can deal with both small and large format sheet and roll to roll services.

Our team has extensive experience in media conversion, and work diligently to deliver your project within agreed time frames and packed in such a way that your product arrives with you in perfect condition.

Sheeting ¦ Guillotining/paneling ¦ Slitting ¦ Re-reeling ¦ Lathe slitting

Click here to find out more about our conversion services