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sewing on vinyl

clairezbo | Posted in General Discussion on

I saw a really cute bag made out of vinyl. Do I need anything special to sew on this material. Do I really need a teflon foot????? some one told me to use tissue paper. On top of bottom??????


  1. sewelegant | | #1

    I made a vinyl apron for a grandchild a while back and found it frustrating because the fabric would stick.  I used several different feet, including the teflon, and found the roller foot I have never used was the perfect one.  The project was done in no time.  I did not like the teflon foot.

    The tissue must have to be right under the foot to let it slide over the fabric and then how would you see what you were doing?

    Good luck.

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      Thimblefingers | | #2

      I sewed a silver vinyl jacket a couple years ago and used a telflon foot combined with tissue on both the top and the bottom.  I didn't have problems "seeing through" the tissue as it was just sheer enough that I could see what I needed.  I also cut the tissue in strips so it wasn't too wide.  My sewing machine has adjustable presser foot pressure so I lowered that, as well.  All the techniques worked extremely well together and I sewed a very professional looking jacket without any major problems other than just sewing a little more slowly and carefully than usual.  If you have to rip out, the needle leaves holes in the vinyl so you want to be extra careful while sewing.

    2. Tatsy | | #4

      I've sewn a few vinyl things over the years and found the rolling foot helpful. Pulling tissue out can be a problem. Sometimes I'm really cheap and have found that plastic grocery bags make a great top dressing for embroidering on towels. They might also work for vinyl, and I suspect they pull out a little easier. Clear bags are easy to see through; white bags are not that much harder.

      Having to rip and resew will leave unsightly holes.  If you do have to resew, think about using some kind of binding--bias, ribbon, or colored vinyl--to cover the seams as you sew.

      1. solosmocker | | #5

        I just went to the dollar store and was able to purchase black tissue paper. I have some vinyl projects coming up and wanted to try this technique. I figured the black tissue would be less of a hassle. Great info on this thread - I will use my walking foot (built in Pfaff), put tape under the foot, use my black tissue, and thanks to all of you, hopefully will have an easy time of it. Every time I do a project I make samples that I keep and write on for further reference. I can't tell how handy this has become. You reach a point where you just hunt out your samples, and there the tension, needle, etc, is. I will do this with these vinyl projects too! I am thinking of a hint that I picked up that I think will work too. I use an art eraser, the white rectangular ones, to remove stitches. It does a great job fast. I bet this would work for picking out the tissue paper. Will post when I get it done and let you all know. solo

  2. cafms | | #3

    I used strips of tissue paper and larger pieces as well when I was doing several things with vinyl.  Getting all the little pieces of paper out was a bit of a pain.  I also found that putting masking tape on the bottom of my regular pressor foot and cutting out the opening for the needle worked well.  Just peel it off when you are done.

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