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serging on vinyl

clairezbo | Posted in General Discussion on

Well, now that I have heard all kinds of ways to sew on vinyl, how about serging on vinyl?????? The tips so far have been great, loved the one about putting tape on the foot. I will try that one first. Wonder if the same thing with serger???? Or would it best not too use serger at all?????? I can always finish the edges the old way

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  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    I have serged the edges of flannel backed vinyl by laying a strip of H2O Gone (water soluble stabilizer) on the top of the vinyl so it would feed easier though presser foot.

    Always do a stitch test on a sample of the project to be sure you like the effect.

  2. tmorris1 | | #2

    Clairezbo;You do not need to serge vinyl at all, because it is not a woven fabric, it will not ravel when cut. You may want to try a teflon foot or a roller foot in your machine, however to help the fabric slide through without catching.Happy sewingT.PS. You cannot pin vinyl without leaving permanent holes, so a glue stick or tape works well to hold your fabric layers together while stitching.

    Edited 11/7/2007 2:06 pm ET by tmorris1

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      clairezbo | | #3

      thank you so much, Now why didnt I think of that??????

      1. tmorris1 | | #4

        You are most welcome. Vinyl is a little tricky to work with, so I thought that I would give you a few more tips... Remember to lengthen your stitch, and back off on the tension to achieve a good, stable seam. Use a heavy polyester thread to give strength and keep the threads from shrinking when wet. Like leather, sewing on vinyl creates a permanent puncture hole so you cannot "let out" a seam made with vinyl. Cut, measure, and sew carefully. You can cut out your pattern and tissue fit it before you cut, then trace the pattern onto your vinyl to cut it out instead of trying to cut the vinyl with a tissue pattern on top of it. You can also use the tiny bulldog clips (office supplies) to hold fabric layers together. T.

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          clairezbo | | #5

          Again, let me thank you, I can always use a good tip. I'll let you know how I make out if I decide to do the project.

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