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Sewing with vinyl

andryea | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am attempting to make some slipcovers for my dining room chairs out of vinyl. I am wondering if anybody has had any experience working with vinyl that would be willing to share…

-What kind of needle would be best?
-Is there a special foot that I should use to topstitch? (I seem to remember my machine having a difficult time, like it would get stuck, under the presser foot when I did some topstitching on a Halloween costume once.)
-Can I use regular garment thread or should I look for something a littler stronger/heavier?

Thanks for helping.

Edited 10/21/2002 1:50:32 PM ET by ANDRYEA

Edited 10/21/2002 8:37:46 PM ET by ANDRYEA


  1. lin327 | | #1

    Use a teflon foot, or place baker's parchment paper between the foot and the vinyl. Parchment is slipperier than tissue and tears away easier.  Vinyl gets real sticky.  Lenghten the stitches.  I use a heavy needle made for canvas.  I also try to keep seam crossing to a minimum, because of bulk.  Use upholstry thread, it's stronger and made to take the stress.  Finally, arrange some stress relieving activities, because sewing heavy vinyl is miserable work.

    1. carolfresia | | #2

      Thanks for the informed input! I've hesitated to use vinyl precisely because of that sticky factor, but lately have been having thoughts of those semi-retro clear vinyl trenchcoats...probably not worth the effort for such a trendy garment, I guess.


      1. lin327 | | #3

        Would you like to hear a horror story about a backpack I'm working on now?  I don't often scream in the middle of a project but this time.....

      2. lin327 | | #4

        Here's a couple of pics of a vinyl jacket I just finished, and the back yoke detail.



        The jacket was in the easy to sew non sticky vinyl.  If the links don't work, let me know.

        1. carolfresia | | #5

          The links work and the jacket is great! Very stylish.


          1. lin327 | | #6

            Thanks!  I used to be a timid sewing person before I found Threads.  Now I have no problem getting up the nerve to experiment.  I also mad a matching skirt and backpack.  I never wear them all together at one time because it looks a little too motercycle chick, know what I mean?

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