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post #16 of 30
I fold my vinyl up after every use - I cannot be bothered to carefully roll it and then find a place to store it where it won't get disturbed. When I'm ready to use it, I hold it in/over the sink and spray it all over, front and back, with HOT water. , Once it's nice and hot, it shrinks a bit and gets super see-through and shiny. I then lay it out onto my clean counter top and set it where I want it. Once in place I take my plastic bench scraper ($2 at the cake supply) and smooth out all the water carefully from the centre out to the edges of the couter top. It takes a whole 5 minutes and I am ready to go. No creases - No wrinkles - No stretching - No sliding - No problem!
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post #17 of 30
I use the vinyl that you buy by the yard as well. I posted earlier how I store mine. I do clean mine with hot water and that removes any wrinkles. I don't roll mine though I store it flat.
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post #18 of 30
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DetailsByDawn, that sounds interesting. I'm going to try that! I guess thats why your name is "Details". icon_smile.gif Thanks!
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post #19 of 30
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DetailsByDawn, that sounds interesting. I'm going to try that! I guess thats why your name is "Details". icon_smile.gif Thanks!

LOL. Sorry - I'm home everyday with my munchkins, so when I'm talking to an adult, I just go on and on and on......
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post #20 of 30
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Details, no that was GREAT icon_razz.gif to have all the details you gave, only I tried them all this morning and it did not work for me.

I have a few vinyl pieces so I got out another one to try it, this vinyl is either a little heavier or little newer or both but it wasn't as stretched and I did get it to lay flat.

I'm wondering since I have bought vinyl a couple of times maybe it's better to look for the heaviest kind as possible.

Anyway I know it is not very expensive but it's the inconvience of not being able to just pull something out each time and have it work.

I'm going to check out the thicknesses at different places when I get the chance. Maybe they even have a number code saying the thickness? icon_confused.gif
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post #21 of 30
The white paper that's on the roll with it at the store tells the thickness. Back when walmart had a fabric department, they had it on rolls and the one with purple letters was a lot thinner than the one with black letters. Now I have to get it from Hobby Lobby and they only have one kind, but it's the nice thick kind that doesn't wrinkle as bad.
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by cocobean

Details, no that was GREAT icon_razz.gif to have all the details you gave, only I tried them all this morning and it did not work for me.
I have a few vinyl pieces so I got out another one to try it, this vinyl is either a little heavier or little newer or both but it wasn't as stretched and I did get it to lay flat.
I'm wondering since I have bought vinyl a couple of times maybe it's better to look for the heaviest kind as possible.
Anyway I know it is not very expensive but it's the inconvience of not being able to just pull something out each time and have it work.
I'm going to check out the thicknesses at different places when I get the chance. Maybe they even have a number code saying the thickness? icon_confused.gif




Oh, I'm sorry it didn't work for you! When I purchased mine, I wasn't sure if I need thick or thin, so I got the medium one. When I douse it in hot water, it gets so malleable that it sticks together and I need to peel it apart (very HOT water). When I put it away, I literally fold it over and over until it's small enough to pop into a Ziplock freezer bag - My piece is about 4'X3', so that's alot of folds. It works every time and I'm sorry that it didn't help. Hopefully you can get it figures out, 'cause I find it a complete pain to to store rolled or flat. Good luck!
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post #23 of 30
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Thanks again for the the help!

Thanks Texas thats good to know!
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post #24 of 30
To get my vinyl mat to stay in one place, I slightly dampen a paper towel and then wipe the counter where I want to place the mat. Then, I lay the vinyl over the dampened area and then use my hands or another paper towel (not wet) to smooth it out. Mine sticks really well. But, if you use too much water it will not work.
post #25 of 30
I am still very new at this and still learning but I bought the heavier piece of vinyl from Hancocks fabric and its a rather large piece (4ft x 3ft) and I just fold mine a few times and then hang it on a hanger. I use a hanger that has clips (the kind you get from a dept. store) and I store it in my hall closet. Great space saver and I got the idea from watching a Martha Stewart show where she hung up her tablecloths. One of her reasons for hanging them up was less wrinkles when you pulled them out.
post #26 of 30
I agree with the last few posters. Get the HEAVY vinyl. It makes all the difference. I've had mine for almost two years and it hasn't stretched or wrinkled. I just roll it around my rolling pin and it is always good to go. It doesn't curl up on the edges either.
post #27 of 30
i got 12 gauge vinyl and rolled it up. i've been too lazy to warm it up so it will roll out flat ... it's too cumbersome to me, i quit using it.

as for the wilton mat, my WMI said to pop it into your clothes dryer for a few minutes.
post #28 of 30
maybe a clothes steamer would loosen them up?
post #29 of 30
I use skirt hangers with clips and hang my vinyl in the guest bedroom. For my really large piece I use two hangers which eliminates the need to fold or roll. HTH.
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post #30 of 30
I use the vinyl mat from JoAnn's too. I roll it up to store it, but it somehow got some kinks in it , so I put it in the dryer for a couple of minutes and that helped smooth it out again. It does kind of stick together a little when you take it out of the dryer when it's warm (like when you wash your vinyl shower curtain), but you just pull it apart gently and lay it out flat.

I do like mamawrobins idea of storing it flat between the poster boards.
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