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sewing rubberized fabric

sewnutt1 | Posted in General Discussion on

I purchased a nylon fabric with a rubberized backing to make a raincoat or poncho.

I do not have a walking foot on my machine.   Anyone have a trick that I can use

to make the fabric feed thru without bunching or dropping stitches?   What is your secret technique?


  1. BernaWeaves | | #1

    OK, I haven't tried this myself, but for problem fabrics I've been told to use tissue paper on the top and bottom, and rip them away later.  I believe there are products you can buy that are actually designed for this, too.  Tearaway stabalizers or something like that.



  2. kaitydid | | #2

    i have made a bag with pleather, which is kinda rubbery-ish. i tried tissue paper and it was useless. if you're sewing right sides together it shouldn't be a big deal. i don't know how i did it when it was wrong sides together, but somehow i got it through without a walking foot.

  3. starzoe | | #3

    Do you have a teflon foot for your machine? It may work for this, but you are going to have to put something next to the bed so it won't stick.

    1. sewnutt1 | | #7

      I do have a teflon foot and will try that.   I also have numerous non-wovens on hand

      as well as rolls of paper, specifically non-printed newsprint paper.   I hesitate using

      printed newspaper for fear of getting print ruboff on the white rubberized.

      Great suggestions,  All!   Thank you!

  4. Jaytee | | #4

    Recently was into this 'ruberized' project myself, and needed to keep my needle from guming up and dropping stitches.  I cured it by using strips of wax paper on both sides.  My second guess would be to use newspaper, printer's ink has a oil like surface on that and lubricates the needle, moves along with the presser foot.  Lots of luck. Jaytee

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    genevieve | | #5

    I haven't tried this myse;lf, but I read (I think in Threads) that a fellow sewer used plastic bags, cut in strips, to ease the way.  She used them on the top between the foot and the fabric.  good luck. genevieve

  6. DesignandSew | | #6

    Lengthen your stitches and try embroidery stabilizer (the tear away kind) on top and bottom.  Tissue will simply stay in your stitches.  I hope this helps.

  7. Tangent | | #8

    When I sew leather or plastic and it's sticking or has too much drag, I dust the upper side of the seam, under the presser foot, with talcum powder (baby powder).  Put a spoonful into a little dish (glass candle-holder?) and apply it with a small paintbrush, a few inches at a time.  You can shake or brush the powder off easily, and it doesn't stain or do any harm.

    You might also try stapling the outer edge of the seam allowance (not close to the seamline) instead of pinning the material, because it keeps the edges flat.  You can cut off the extra s.a. including the staples, or remove the staples individually, either as you get to them, or after sewing.  Don't leave any staples in the project. They might poke somebody, or rust.

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