Home of Mylar for Embroidery and other crafts

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                     What is Mylar?
      Here are my findings and impressions

 You can do a google search and find many different types of mylar.  It is used in many different applications, including hydroponics, food packaging and gift wrap to name just a few.


It is not, and never has been manufactured for the use of Embroidery Designs.  I see all these sites offering Iridescent Embroidery Design Film, or Mylar Embroidery film – There is no such thing.  You can call it what you like, but basically it is a type of polyethylene Terephthalate  film commonly called PET film or mylar, which apart from food packaging and hydroponics is used a lot for gift wrap.  Mylar is a brand name manufactured by Dupont.  I was recently advised by a customer that the opal film I am selling is not the "true Mylar" but polypropylene.  This is not the case.  I have obtained the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer and it is a polyester film. Whatever it is, I know it works.  The manufacturer I purchase from markets it as mylar and invoices me as mylar.  To avoid any confusion and until I can prove or disprove this fact, I have removed the word Mylar from all my items in my webstore.  I still stand by my product regardless, and am sure if you ask any of my customers they will attest to its suitability for embroidery designs, even though it was never intended for this purpose, but is in fact a gift wrap. 

Now for the GOOD stuff.   The Iridescent and Opalescent film I sell is suitable for use with designs digitized specially for it.  Usually there is some underlay stitching, then you place the film down,  you can just leave it there, or if you like tape it in place with magic tape on the edges.  Then you stitch your next layer of stitching and then pull the film away.  It tears away cleanly, any pokies left can be pulled off with tweezers.  The layer of stitching over the film is usually a much looser fill allowing the lovely sparkly effects of the film to shine through, giving that gorgeous metallic effect, which from different angles can appear as different colors.  When you purchase your designs they should come with instructions on when to put the film down and when to take it off.

I have done quite a few test stitchouts and washed in the washing machine, dried in the dryer on low heat and ironed under a clean dishcloth and the film is not effected.  I do not recommend high heat or dry cleaning.  Do not iron directly on the film. 

I sell with confidence the Opal film and colored opal film, both of which can be laundered.  I also sell the colors for those that want them and want to try some creative ideas.  Again be warned, I would not use the colors on items to be laundered in any way as the color could wash out.  I think they would be great on art quilts, greeting cards, purses and bags, Free standing lace ornaments, 3D flowers or Butterflies or other projects.  Let your imagination run wild.  You are only limited by your imagination.

   What my opal or iridescent film looks like



This is all the same sheet of opal film, just laid over different surfaces, the first two crinkled up over white and then black fabric, the third over a white tablecloth, the fourth over a red lace doily and the last over a hand. You can click on the pictures and it will take you to the photo gallery where you can see the images much larger. 


 I found a really fascinating old film made in the 1955 by DuPont which explains a lot about Mylar and how it is made and all its properties.  It is a very interesting video to watch.  I runs about 24 minutes.   This is the clear Mylar before it is metalized or colors are added.