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MinnieMay9
« on: October 18, 2013 08:42:11 AM »

I have a pin-back button maker. For the longest time I've just used it to make paper ones. Lately I've been thinking of making some using fabric. My problem is that the fabric is thin, so I'm worried it might wear through too quickly. Interfacing has helped sone, but I've found that it doesn't fuse as well as I think it does. I can just peel it off the back even though I follow the ironing instructions. Is there anything out there that will more reliably hold the fibers together? I've heard mixed reviews about Scotch Guard. The fabric also cannot be made too stiff since then it might wear on the machine too much.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013 10:23:32 AM »

What about iron-on vinyl? I bought some a while back to waterproof fabric to make a doggy jacket Smiley.

Of course, that would change the feel of the fabric from a weave to a slick covering but it would maintain the look of the fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013 10:57:36 AM »

I gave the iron-on vinyl a try.  While I did do the things I was hoping, it also made the fabric not look like fabric.  I made it look almost like I took a picture of fabric and printed it on paper.
It was a really good idea though.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2014 10:07:14 AM »

I just stumbled on this thread.  How about using mod podge?
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014 09:16:47 PM »

what if  you put the iron-on vinyl on the back of the fabric?  it would add strength but not show.
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