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« on: September 03, 2009 11:17:25 PM »

After many many swatch tests with good cotton fabric, "medium" heat (my iron's medium is on the high side) "low" heat (which is more medium), I still not seeing the awesomely smooth results I have seen online.

My best results HAVE been on pretty low heat. But what I'm seeing is, instead of vinyl laminated crisply to the fabric, is a lot of bubbles. The smoothest finish so far has been with low LOW heat, but it's still not a result that looks like a matte-shiny finish over a fabric.

So, is it me or the pictures? Does iron on vinyl just kind of bubble? Are the pictures hiding what I see as flaws in my samples? Is this just how it looks?

If anyone's gotten that super-nice finish as if they had sprayed on the vinyl, will you share what settings/pressure/ironing surface you used?

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009 09:08:45 AM »

I've used it w/no probs & my iron is almost always at the highest setting. I use a regular iron board & I don't iron hard when I'm doing it, I kind of ease my iron over my piece & I don't go back & forth. Maybe you're staying in 1 spot too long or leaving your iron on too long or maybe it's your iron - is it old? Your setting might be too high. Why not see if you can borrow someone else's iron & try it out, if it works fine w/their's then it's your iron. Another thing you can try is using a press cloth (another piece of fabric will do) between the iron & the fabric, see if that would help. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009 03:04:22 PM »

Hey! I love your label-making tute!

My iron is fairly new and a nice one. I have been using the backing as per instructions, I'll add a cloth and see how/if it helps.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009 05:06:30 PM »

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Thanks. Let me know if using cloth helps that vinyl stick.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009 08:36:02 PM »

I'm curious to see if people have suggestions for this.. I've been wanting to use iron on vinyl for a while, but am a little nervous about it coming out nicely.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009 06:34:31 AM »

This kind of answers the question I asked above - I presume you use this to waterproof material and to use paper in sewing projects?
Now to find a supplier in the UK!
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009 12:55:49 PM »

This kind of answers the question I asked above - I presume you use this to waterproof material and to use paper in sewing projects?
Now to find a supplier in the UK!
I get mine from Hobby Craft. it is with the interfacing in the haberdashery aisle.

And to second the views above I have always followed the instructions and got good results.
The problem may be the type of fabric used, as any texture in the fabric is seen in the final vinyl.
I get excellent results with quilting cottons and other tightly woven smooth fabrics.
Also, the smoother you apply it to the fabric, the smoother the final results. I use the same technique i used to cover books with sticky backed plastic when at school, peeling and applying a small end then gradually pulling the backing paper off while smoothing the vinyl down with the flat edge of a ruler.
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