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« on: January 20, 2005 08:04:29 AM »

Has anyone used this Iron on Vinyl product like the one featured on Sarah1980's web site?

http://www.sarah1980.com/vinyl.htm

Is it clear? Will it give a somewhat water resistant coating to, say cotton, for the outside of a messenger bag? Any other suggestions? I'm sure ballistic canvas is expensive and difficult to work with.

Does anyone have other sites where I can get plastic strap adjusters, O- and D-rings, and plastic messenger type buckles? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2005 11:44:37 PM »

I've used it before.

There are two types of that vinyl from Therm O Web...a matte finish and a glossy lustre finish.  I've only seen and used the matte finish and had mixed feelings about it.  The matte is clear but is not shiny (glossy) like typical vinyls.

It's water proof, to a point.  You could go out in the rain or wipe it down with a damp rag but I'd not throw it in a washing machine.

It's in a package and is similar to shelf lining paper.  You peel it from a paper backing and stick it to the fabric.  Then you put the paper over the vinyl/fabric and iron away!  Just be careful and pull the vinyl away from the paper slowly and evenly or else you will get these white 'dents' in the vinyl that are difficult to iron out.

You will also have to use an alternative to pinning the material together as the pins will leave unslightly holes in the vinyl.  I've used liquid stitch or used pins and hid the mess with bias tape.  Wink  I've had no problems with sewing the vinyl on my machine.  I've heard stories of the vinyl getting stuck as your sewing:  some people use a 'walking' foot, but I'm cheap, I just keep a small spray bottle of water by my machine and lightly spray the vinyl so it does not stick (being very careful not to saturate the area and to avoid any working parts or electrical outlets in the area!)

As for materials, I get them all at either JoAnn's or Wal-Mart...everything to make a messenger bag.  Good luck I hope this helped!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2005 06:37:36 AM »

That's great thanks! I love learning new techniques!
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2005 07:03:15 AM »

Wow, diagonalman!  From your sig I see you've been sewing less than a month and already want to work with Vinyl?  That's awesome!

You can also buy the vinyl by the yard at Joann stores and other places I'm sure.  You'll certainly find all the notions you'll need in stores as well, unless they are like mine and can never get the 1 1/4" silver D-rings in stock *grumble grumble*

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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2005 12:50:45 PM »

I'm not completely sure what you mean by plastic messenger style buckle.  I've been using some plastic buckles and have paid outrageous prices at joanne and the other chain fabric stores.  I haven't ordered yet, but found a couple of places online that are way cheaper and may carry the different rings as well.  The only one I can actually remember is called the rainshed and carries outdoor fabric, notions and hardward.  Hope that helps
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2005 01:05:14 PM »

I loooove Therm O Web's iron on vinyl! I make magazine totes using this vinyl ironed on paper. I haven't had any problems sewing them, I don't even spray the vinyl, it just works wonderfully. I personally think the glossy finish is more sturdy than the matte, but I've had to use matte lately since my Joann's doesn't have glossy and it's still held up.

My mom used iron on vinyl for a shower curtain years ago, and it kinda held up in the washing machine but not as well as she woudl have liked. So I don't recommend the washing machine, but it would be good weatherproofing for the outside of a purse.
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