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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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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
Kabbage26 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
everytime I sew with vinyl it gets stuck in the foot >< (thing underneath the needle)
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
Kabbage26 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
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.
SakuraYuki218 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Girl-q Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
This is very helpful and informative. Thank you for sharing!
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
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
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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