I am making a toiletry bag, for which a wipe-clean lining was requested. Not finding anything I liked in the stores or online (oil-cloth or laminated cottons) I proceeded with the idea to make my own. Heat 'n Bond sells iron-on vinyl (which I've previously used) and it's quite easy to apply. It took me forever to hunt down the hunk I had on-hand, and then of course last night I discovered it wasn't enough. So off I went to Joann's (where I've bought it before).
To set the tone--here is what I had on hand (and what is currently for sale on Fabric.com.
This comes in matte and vinyl finishes--follow the instructions and the result is pretty nifty.
OK, so we've established that it exists as it is for sale and not enough of it (but some) is currently in my possession. Back to Joann's.... I went to the interfacing section (love that they don't keep it hidden behind the counter anymore) and looked. Nothing. Went to the utility fabrics section--nothing. Went to the notions, thinking I'd buy the pre-packaged roll and make it work (that stuff is narrower than off-the bolt). Nothing. Finally, I asked. Here's the conversation.
Me: Hi, do you have iron-on vinyl?*Note: the worst/best part is that the entire time she's looking at me like I'm mentally defective and asked if she just saw a herd of unicorns trample through the store, tooting rainbows or something.
Them: (Blank stare). Ummm, I'll have to ask. (Blank stare).
Them: ...... (into the earpiece) Do we have iron-on vinyl?...that's what I thought.... Thanks. (Back to me)--yeah....they don't make that. You can't iron vinyl. It would melt.
Me: I know, that's the point. It has adhesive on one side so you can make your own laminated fabrics. I've bought it here before.
Them: Well, I just asked my manager and she said you can't iron vinyl.
Me: You can if it's made for that purpose and you treat it properly.
Them: Well, she would know. She's the manager. I asked her.
Me: OK, thanks (because I clearly wasn't going to get through).
So now I'm just shaking my head in bewilderment at the people who work at a store that has stocked this stuff and should be aware of its existence. I wasn't feeling like ordering online simply because I was too impatient to finish. On the way home, I passed Wal-Mart. Now, many Wal-Marts have shuttered their fabric sections, but the one near me put theirs back in. I hate going in that particular store as that location attracts some interesting bits of humanity, but I thought I'd take a shot. You know what I found there? Iron-on vinyl. The same stuff that doesn't exist. I bought the remainder of the bolt (which is going to be just enough, I do believe). When the clerk was measuring it, she said "A lot of people have been buying this lately." And I dumbly said "Yeah, that's because it exists." Because, you know, she knew what I just went through in Joann's. She gave me this look like she didn't know what to make of me (well-deserved) and then gave me my stuff and I trotted off.
The stuff that "does not exist" is now "not" cooling off in the other room as I write this, as I "didn't" just iron it on and "don't" have to wait for it to set before I cut it.