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If you remember the old fashioned oilcloth fabric - this ISN'T it. Instead think of high quality cotton fabric with a thin waterproof layer professionally applied. My laminated fabric is soft, pliable, washable and wipeable - so pliable it can be gathered! Perfect for raincoats, bibs, splat mats, placemats, tablecloths, wet bags, trash bags, and snack bags. All my laminated cotton fabric prints are CPSIA approved (ask for certification if you sell children's products) Many people still search using the term "oilcloth" so I include it as a searchable term - but true oilcloth is a petroleum product and not safe for use in products for children.
Yes - there are some great ways to make sewing on laminated fabric easier. You can view the techniques I use on my tab "sewing tips" and you can find what other's have to say on my pinterest board here or view the "pinterest" tab. Please also visit my "video" page to see some laminates in use.
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The main difference for me is that oilcloth is stiffer and NOT CPSIA compliant because it has toxins not allowed in children's products. I don't know about you, but I don't want it around me either. I'm also concerned about imported laminated that has not been tested for CPSIA compliance. Please ASK for written certification if you are selling children's products (required in the USA) when you place your order.
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