I am finally cutting up the yard of black Sunbrella I have had in my cupboard, and am appalled at how hard it is to cut, and am dreading wrecking my sewing machine and serger with it. It will be the lining in a Pendleton wool tote bag, and therefore will also have to be sewn to the wool – a massive layer my machines have never before faced.
I have found good advice here in the archives about sewing Sunbrella with a machine – long stitch length, check lower bobbin tension, heavy thread, large needles, etc. That’s really going to help for the sewing part, but I also need to put it to my serger. It’s a Janome 534D, and takes regular Schmetz needles.
Is the advice the same for serging Sunbrella? Are there other machine features I should tweak so I don’t break needles or hurt my serger? I’ll set the project aside and hope for help here. I have to clean the house anyway. 🙂