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Mini Tutorial: Steaming vinyl by taeliac Mini Tutorial: Steaming vinyl by taeliac
Sorry if this doesn't help anybody, but I figured (as per the usual) that if it's something new to me, it might help someone else out a bit. So here is the mini tutorial on steaming wrinkles out of vinyl.

This tutorial is done with a garment steamer - I don't know how well this would work with an iron (if it even would) but if someone wants to give it a try with some scrap fabric, let me know the results please! Otherwise, I'll try it out some more the next time I'm working on a commission dealing with vinyl.

I'll have a couple more mini vinyl tutorials when I work on my next Shuichi commission, so hopefully that will help make a scary fabric to work with a little less scary :D

As per the usual, please don't say this is yours, or redistribute it without asking first. Please link people to this deviation instead :D
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jesicaalba Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  New member
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EnslavedVessel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I've just used the garment steamer and I find that it really helps to get out more wrinkles and even the stubborn ones while using an ironing board with the steamer on the wrong side of the vinyl. You may have to spend a lil more time with the stubborn wrinkles but with the steamer I have you can go right on the fabric like an iron. I have used an iron before on the lowest setting but I like the results with the steamer better :P
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Kabbage26 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
everytime I sew with vinyl it gets stuck in the foot >< (thing underneath the needle)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! That happens to me, too, before I found out about a teflon (non-stick) foot for my machine! Check into seeing if they have one for yours - it makes vinyl a lot easier to sew :3
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Kabbage26 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
THANK U SO MUCH!!!! C:
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NotaSouthernGirl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting... and to think the four hours i 'reversed' steamed my friend's vinal pants could have been solved this way. damn it. Oh well. I used a standard iron with a very damp hand towel folded up, then turned the pants to its lining side and then hit the steam ALOT. I have no idea why i spent four hours on something that I wasn't going to wear but i did. She end up sitting on something that grabbed her in the back of the leg/thigh and tore a HUGE hole in it. I wanted to cry. We never did discover what 'ate' her pants.
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SakuraYuki218 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Cool
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Girl-q Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
This is very helpful and informative. Thank you for sharing!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: Any time! I'm glad to be of even a little help with things like this :D
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EGLpirate Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
cool, this helped me out ;)
now i know my steamer is usefull for things other than making dread falls XD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG I couldn't live without my garment steamer :giggle: I do everything with it - I don't even bother pressing many things any more, its just easier to steam them :D
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quelara Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
This is great because I was trying to get wrinkles out of my horohoro costume. I'm still amazed that you made sakura's cat costume with vinyl since most people go with satin when it's actually made of rubber (or so I've been told).
Thanks though.
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sakurasaku Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!! My shuichi outfit was made wit vinyl and it was all wrinkly >< And I wanted to iron it out, but I was scared too. So this tutorial really helps a lot!! :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad to help :D

It shouldn't be too bad to steam, but I'm definitely glad you waited to iron it - it's so delicate, and depending on how it was made (latex covered fabric vs. true PVC) it can really damage it (as I found out by accident the other day >.>;)
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oO-Juri-Oo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
thats an awesome tip! im sure i'll be using it soon. I'll be working with 4-way stretch vinyl this winter so anything like that is a great help :3
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oO-Juri-Oo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
Some of my friends said they've used babypowder on the fabric instead of a teflon foot when sewing vinyl, have you ever tried it? :o
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oO-Juri-Oo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Yeah I used that method when I was making Advent Children costumes, its just that it was sooo time consuming ripping out the little stuck interfacing parts XD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't, but I've heard the same thing - I'm just a little afraid of it plugging up my machine or getting it icky.

I have use tear-away interfacing on both sides to prevent sticking, and that works really well :D Just be sure to use a high-quality thread, so it doens't run a chance to break so often when you're pulling the tear away out...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! How cool!! I :heart: vinyl, it's so much fun (too bad I don't get much of a chance to work with it... I need to find another costume other than the Disgaea one that I could use vinyl on XP)

If you have to press it (and if it has a fabric backing) remember to set your iron really cool, and use a pressing cloth between the iron and the wrong side of the fabric. But, steaming it would definitely help :D
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
I have a couple of pieces of vinyl that I haven't got around to using yet - I'm sure they will need decreasing - I don't have a steamer - though it looks like a VERY useful piece of kit that is now on my shopping list =P I'll try using my iron though and let you know how that works - that is if the steamer still works after my son dropped it on the concrete floor grrrr! Luckily living out here in the middle of nowhere I haven't needed to test it yet...
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Mekurakumo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
I work with vinyl all the time and steaming it is great. To get the stubborn creases out, steam the garment inside out.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! Thank you!! I will definitely try that :D
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
I have tried ironing my vinyl skirt on a low iron inside out with a damp press cloth, being very careful not to stay too long in one spot.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! Thank you - I'll go in and edit the description of this deviation later, and put that in, too :D
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007   Digital Artist
you could do it the poor man's way and turn on the shower as hot as it goes and steam it in the bathroom - i've had to do that before. the down side is that you hve to keep going in and shaping the garment.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha! That is excellent - I didn't think of that!! Hey, whatever it takes, right?

I'm going to have to suggest that to a couple of commissioners who are complaining about wrinkles in fabric they can't iron...
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007   Digital Artist
lol it's the college student technique... its amazing and slightly depressing how many people don;t know they can do things like that
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
yay now something that will help get the ugly wrinkles out.^_^ :orange:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed!!

Apparently, there are a couple of other methods out there, too, icnluding ironing with a damp cloth between the wrong side of the vinyl and the iron, and steaming it in the shower - turning the show on super hot and letting the steam build up, and sitting in there pulling the wrinkles out XP
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
really? that's cool i didn't know that i guess i am not as advanced as u. ^^ :orange:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Naw - most of it comes with practice, or trial and error - the longer you do something, the more little tips you wind up picking up along the way (or stumbling into, like the fact that felt melts under an iron XP)
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
ooooow that's not so good. XP thanks for telling me. hehe ya wisdom comes with experiance, XD :orange:
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macurris Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
aww.. i love this costume!!!!!
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J-Cleo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Sounds like a handy tip. :3 Alas, I neither wear vinyl (much less hot pink vinyl) nor have a garment steamer. I found this informative nonetheless.

And at first I thought your title said "Stealing vinyl". XD;;
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:lmao: I'm sure I could figure out a tutorial on that, if you really need it :D

Ah yes - the wonders of cosplay that make you stoop so low as to add hot pink vinyl to the fabric shopping list XP

Oddly enough, I do own some regular vinyl cothes, although I havne't worn them in years!! That's what happens when you graduate High School, I think.

Glad it was at least somewhat informative, either way :D
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