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sewing with vinyl

user-285796 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m trying to sew a photo purse with clear vinyl over my photo – the vinyl seems to stick to everything including my presser foot and plate.  Is there a special trick to sewing with vinyl or are there special attachments to make this easier.

Also, I should know this but what is the best way to sew my topstiching through the bulky side seams without getting completely stuck?




  1. SewerDMcG | | #1

    There is a teflon foot for sewing vinyl, but you could also put tissue paper on top, sew and then remove the tissue paper.

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    Also be sure to use a product like Sewers Aid on the needle that way you will have fewer thread breaks. Other than that the tissue or even a tear away stabilizer will work.  Just remember to use longer stitches otherwize the vinyl will just fall away.

  3. SuzyStow | | #3

    I recently made a pencil bag with a vinyl panel in it. I found that by using bias tape or light-weight paper on the top and bottom made the sewing much easier. Bias tape, both bought and homemade, are good to user because they also provide some additional stability. If you are going to sew just vinyl and don't want to use anything else, you will need a roller presser foot.


  4. samty | | #4

    I have read about a silicon spray that you can use on your machine to prevent the vinyl from sticking to the machine. How you get it off your machine when you're done, I don't know. I rigged up a little cloth cover on the base of my machine to prevent the vinyl from sticking to it. And the teflon foot works great.

    1. SewTruTerry | | #5

      I would never use any kind of spray any where near any of my machines as it can cause any number of problems.  Better to use nothing at all than to risk messing up your machine. It can cost dearly to repair the kind of damage that a spray can do to your machine.

    2. SewTruTerry | | #6

      The product that I mentioned earlier is a liquid silicone but not a spray you just put a small amount on the needle every 5 minutes or so depending on how "sticky" your project is.

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