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sewing with craft foam

daisyjanie | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi there–

I am making handbags, using Timtex interfacing for some and craft foam (Foamie) as the interfacing for some smaller bags. (After taking apart enough purses to see what the tricks are, I’ve discovered a lot of foam and sadly, glue.) Anyway, I am sewing thru a a lining, fabric and the foam, in that order. If the foam is on the bottom, the feed dog pulls it thru no problem. If it’s on the top, the presser foot wants nothing to do with it…it just doesn’t slide or feed properly. Bummer, b/c when I put these sections together, I do have to sew a part where I have there’s a layer of foam on the top as well as the bottom (with the fabric sandwiched between).

Help please. I know I’m not the first one to be sewing with foam!

Jan D.

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  1. HeartFire | | #1

    have you tried using a teflon coated presser foot? you can also try using a piece of tissue paper on top of the foam, the presser foot should slide across that easily

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    Jan I agree with Judy you need to put something slightly slippery between the presser foot and the foamie pad or you might want to use a walking foot or even feed foot if you have one.  Think of it this way the feed dogs are going up and down and is not always in contact with the foamie the way the foot is.  The foot is forming a suction on the foamie not allowing it to move forward.

  3. kjp | | #3

    Might a walking foot work?  I haven't tried it for your application, but it works to quilt fabrics without moving the layers. 

  4. MaryAnnD | | #4

    Jan, try using tissue paper between the foam and the foot.  When I was making pet beds, I had to wrap the seam allowance with tissue to get the the "sandwich" to feed.  I was using thicker foam than you are, so it had to be wrapped top and bottom in order for the feed dogs to move it.  I actually used septic field paper as I could see through it easier than tissue paper.

    Mary Ann


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