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Sep 20, 2012

Product Review: Thermo-Web Heat 'n Bond Iron On Vinyl

Sep 20, 2012
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When my oldest son bought himself new markers a few months ago, I decided he needed a pouch to keep them in.  And if you're 6 and your mom is making you something for your stuff, of course, you pick the monster truck fabric.  Right?  Don't be jealous.

Anyway, since my boys are a bit rough on their art supplies, I decided to try out Thermoweb 17-Inch by 2-Yard Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl, Gloss to make this pouch a little more durable.

The Iron-On Vinyl is a clear laminating vinyl coating that protects the fabric, yet is smooth and pliable.  The instructions are simple and quick with pressing on top of the vinyl and protective sheet to apply the vinyl to the fabric, and then pressing again on the wrong side of the fabric to ensure a bond.
Fabrics must be laminated prior to sewing.  I found this product easier to work with than oilcloth.  However, since I was making a pouch, the project would need to be sewn inside out.  The outer layer was pulled through a small opening in the lining to turn the pouch right side out.  This caused the vinyl to wrinkle.  I was upset with the wrinkling, but my son didn't mind at all.  
 
 Overall, I like the product's easy application and sew-ability, but the wrinkles are annoying.  You can't see them in the pictures, but you can feel them.  Perhaps the iron-On vinyl is best suited to projects that don't need turned right side out.
 Pros:

  • easy to use
  • allows you to laminate any fabric you desire
  • machine sewable
  • smooth and pliable finish

Cons:
  • wrinkles if need to turn right side out
  • label claims it's hand washable, but warns that you may need to re-apply the vinyl after washing.  I don't think I'd try washing it.
**This product was purchased by me.  This is my opinion and I simply wanted to share a new-to-me product.


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11 comments:

  1. I used it for the same thing and didn't like the wrinkling either.

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  2. Can you place a cloth over it and iron the wrinkles out of it?

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  3. I have wondered how successful this product may be. Not sure I will try now. Thank you for your honesty.

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  4. Interesting! I've never seen this. Thanks for the review!

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  5. I picked up a roll of it some time ago and still haven't used it...thanks for the review.

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  6. I'd be interested in the long term durability of it too - it turning it inside out wrinkles it, I wonder how much long term wear and tear it can take - but I think your pouch is cute! I have a fond spot for monster trucks...

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  7. I can't see any wrinkles. As you said your son doesn't mind and after a couple of weeks of play-and-go they will just blend in with the other blemishes of use?! A well loved storage pouch. Thanks for the review. I was not familiar with this product but I would try it based on what you shared, thanks. cheers, Claire W.

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  8. I had the same problem. I made cosmetic bags but hated the wrinkles. I tried ironing the bags again with a cloth over them but it still wanted to wrinkle. I wonder how well it would work for a chair seat, would it wrinkle when you sat on it? Love the idea of the iron on vinyl but hate the way it wrinkles when you have to turn it.

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  9. I tried Heat & Bond Lite for more flexibility and found that it was much more fragile and subject to wrinkling. Turning a lunch bag inside out actually caused it to tear. The regular weight Heat & Bond was very very difficult to sew through multiple layers, thus my trial of the Lite version of it. I'd say this has limited application until further improvement of the product.

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  10. THANK YOU!! I just finished using this to laminate the fabric lining of a diaper bag. I thought I was going crazy--all the other reviews raved about this and mentioned nothing about the wrinkling/tearing. I am so disappointed because if I would have known before, I wouldn't have used it. The bag is for a dear friend having her first baby and she picked out fabulous (and slightly expensive) fabric when I visited her (pre baby) in another state. The lady at the fabric store raved about the laminate, so I decided to try it. I've made the best of it--trying to iron out the wrinkles--but at this point it is what it is...

    I just feel better than someone else had the same experience I had!

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  11. My bag looks like I have tried using some Glad plastic instead of expensive "Vinyl" iron on. Expensive material wasted not to mention my time and income. The tote bag I made to sale looks HORRIBLE! What a rip off.

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