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« on: November 30, 2007 09:32:01 PM »

I would like to make some tablecloths.  But, they would be used for when I'm out painting, so... I would like to have vinyl sewn on top of the base fabric, so that I can easily wipe the paint off of them... question:

Is this practical?  Does vinyl sew well?  Would I have to quilt it?  Would moisture get trapped in between the sections?  Does this idea suck? 

Thanks, I would really appreciate any advice!
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007 04:37:57 PM »

Not completely sure I understand your whole question, but I will give you what I can on sewing vinyl. Smiley

Vinyl for me sews pretty easily as long as you do a couple of basic things.
  • Use a needle made for vinyl
  • Get vinyl that is middle grade. Otherwise the too thin will tear, and the marine grade is too heavy for the task you want it for.

Most vinyl fabric has cloth backing, so it would not be necessary to sew it to something. Unless that is what you want to do specifically for some reason.

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007 08:31:34 AM »

Are you talking about clear vinyl so you can see the fabric beneath it?

Places like JoAnns and WalMart have vinyl tablecloth 'fabric' already prepared, it usually has a flannel back....

If you're wanting to make your own, follow the steps suggested by HSG. My concern wouldn't be moisture, per se, since with fabric backing it would dry, but more like paint getting into the stitch holes. I've used vinyl liners in the showers and there's no issue, but they're more 'pressed' than actually stitched.

Maybe someone in purses/wallets/totes section could help you....I've seen clear vinyl used in wallets (for picture spaces).

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007 09:10:37 AM »

My mom used to put clear vinyl over nice table cloths - she had six kids, and we were not poster children for Emily Post.  This way you could still SEE the nice table cloth, but have no worries about moisture, washing, etc. as they are separate pieces. . .         an idea at any rate.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007 08:16:36 PM »

My mom used to put clear vinyl over nice table cloths - she had six kids, and we were not poster children for Emily Post.  This way you could still SEE the nice table cloth, but have no worries about moisture, washing, etc. as they are separate pieces. . .         an idea at any rate.

Ah!  Yes... this is what I'm talking about..

I want to have a colorful cool fabric for the main tablecloth but I wanted to put clear vinyl on top, so that the cool fabric would still be visible, but I wouldn't have to get paint on it.. also making it wipeable...

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