Darn Vinyl

Some fabrics are just jerks (alright, that is not the word I was using the other day, but you get the idea).

You see, I started the Clover Convertible Bag  the other day and spent the first segment of it swearing like a sailor. Fortunately, the bag starts off by making D-ring and clasp slides – a part that I originally had designated to be made in my vinyl so I discovered what a total piece of crap this material was (to make a long story short, it sews horribly, wonder clips leave pressure marks, and was difficult to ‘crease’ so that it could be sewn into a ‘strap’ -). After fiddling with this fabric for ages (it appears fine in the photo, but the stitching is horrible and the strap is ‘twisted’ out of position so it doesn’t lay quite flat), I decided that I didn’t want to spend my entire time making this bag and struggling with the vinyl and decided to scrap it.

So, back to the drawing board. I searched my stash and decided on a distressed black denim. I re-cut out everything and then decided that didn’t look good with the Harry Potter newsprint. So yet again, I searched my stash (because at this point I’ve spent so much money in this bag, I’m not investing more). They say the “third time is a charm” and so I have FINALLY selected a black twillish material – it is not exactly what I wanted, but I think it will do. All the interfacings have be cut again and re-applied so I think I am ready to start this adventure all over again. Let’s just hope that the initial fabric fiasco isn’t a sign of a doomed project.

Note to self, if you find a vinyl that you like, stick with it and use it for all you projects. This perfection leather has been my favorite so far (it sews beautifully, wonder clips don’t leave pressure marks… even thin pins can be carefully used, and best of all you can use a touch of heat with a press cloth and it doesn’t damage the material) and I am kicking myself for not breaking down and buying more for this one.

2 thoughts on “Darn Vinyl

  1. Kathy

    Omg, I’m glad you told us about the vinyl that is good. But which is the kind we should avoid that caused you all those problems?

    1. stacy Post author

      It was a vinyl from Spandex House – I’m not sure of the exact name, but it is a thicker weight and has a meshlike backing to it.

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