An Encore with “Matte”

So…. in TWO previous posts we showed you how TERRIFIC our Porta-Pockets Purse Insert looked  all dressed-up in shiny iron-on vinyl. Whether it was Slicker by Sew Lazy or Heat n Bond by ThermoWeb, the results with the shiny vinyl were consistently terrific and impressively beautiful!

Which of course begs the question…

What’s Heat n Bond’s matte finish like?

So I took the bait and got to work using the matte finish vinyl on an Encore Insert sample, and here’s what I found.

First off- The application process for the matte finish product was just as easy, but you know what? I was just a little surprised at the way it looked once it was in place. Because the surface is not exactly what I would call devoid of shine.

As a matter of fact, I tried my best to capture the difference between the matte and the shiny finish in a picture to no avail because the difference is hard to describe.

It’s just…. well…. different.

The best way I can describe it is that the shiny finish has an almost “wet” look that seems to almost brighten or intensify the fabric color, whereas the matte product is a bit of a cloudy/milky look that has an almost dulling effect. (My preference is the shiny finish, but then… I’m a shiny girl.)

But here’s the deal!

I’m pretty sure that the matte finish just wasn’t near as easy to work with as the shiny was! Was it my imagination? I don’t know, but as I was making the elastic pockets it just wasn’t very easy gathering those pockets after the elastic was inserted and it had been a snap when I was using the shiny product. I’m not sure why, but the matte vinyl seems to make the fabric feel a little thicker and stiffer. Can this be possible?

So… in conclusion, I’m still a BIG fan of the iron vinyl, but I definitely enjoyed working with the shiny better than the matte. The matte finish will yield a beautiful finished look, but it seems you might work a little harder to get it.

I did make a few modifications to the Encore Purse Insert instructions, some of which are identical to the Porta-Pockets, but some are quite different, so if you think you might be interested in making up an Encore Purse Insert with no-iron vinyl, they I would suggest you use the link below to download the pictorial which is specific for the Encore!

Click HERE to download the pictorial.
And Brewer Sewing & Quilting liked our results so much, that they posted a report of their own featuring pictures of our samples and copies of our pictorial! Check it out HERE.

So here’s what I’d like to know now…
Which finished look do you favor,
the Shiny finish or the Matte?

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3 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Thanks for the heads up, cause the shiny looks like the way to go!

    • I too like the shiny way better, and it seems like for a bag, that the matte finish is thicker and harder to manipulate. I can see where there are some projects that might come out better with the matte product!

  2. SHINY! matte looks cloudy IMO
    Karol