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« on: December 05, 2004 05:40:13 PM »

Is it as hard as I'm afraid it will be? Any experience? Tips? I have a few cute change purses in mind as gift ideas but I'm not so sure my sewing machine will be able to handle it.  Could I possibly sew vinyl by hand? I haven't actually bought any, just am contemplating it as a future project...
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kate conspiracy
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2004 07:31:07 PM »

Your sewing machine shouldn't have a problem, you just need to use a needle with a pointy, punchy tip (not a ball tip) like a jeans needle or a universal needle. The size depends on the thickness of the vinyl. I would also suggest using a longer than usual stitch length -- if the stitch length is too small you can imagine how this is perforating it like paper.

Some considerations:

If you pin the pieces together you have to keep the pins in the seam allowance ONLY otherwise you'll have pinhole visible in your final piece. You can also use paperclips instead of pins.

The vinyl will probably stick to the presser foot or feed dogs if you sew with the vinyl directly against them, but you can use tissue paper or freezer paper strips between the machine and vinyl as an easy tear away layer.

Don't be scared! It's probably easier than most fabrics because the layers don't slide apart when you sew them!
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2004 08:02:17 PM »

A Teflon foot helps out a lot.  There are needles for sewing leather and they work well on vinyl.  Upholstery thread works really well for top stitching because it's thicker.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2004 08:34:20 PM »

If you sew through it too much it will weaken it, because you're really just poking holes in it when you sew. You can make the seam sturdier by glueing the allowances together after you're finished.

I think the clear quilting thread won't work the idea of it being a book bag, because the thread might just not be strong enough. Why not use a heavy duty thread to match the seam binding?
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2004 08:08:49 AM »

I use a roller foot when I sew vinyl and if its still giving me crap I use the paper you put in adding machines, on the bottom next to the feed dogs.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2004 08:19:11 AM »

well me personally I hate the clear thread, its disintegrates after a few years, I just use a sulky thread ro a guterman polyester, because the all cotton thread can damage the vinyl. I have sealed some rucksacks I made for my boys with a waterproofing stuff I got at lowes. it was 14.00 a can!
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2004 11:50:37 AM »

hmm.. i am having trouble with my vinyl.
bad vinyl.. BAD!! <whip-cracking sound>

i am sewing one piece of vinyl, folded in half over one piece of fabric. it's a page in a cd-wallet.

i can't afford a new foot right now.
i tried using tissue paper over the top, and that works great. but tissue paper did not work on the underside.. and without it, those feed dogs eat up the thread. in one spot.

grr.. any advice?
i'd really like to sew both sides at once.
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2004 02:49:22 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2004 03:47:16 PM »

I know that this is not particularily SMART, but I was having a beast of a time with vinyl lining in a bag I made (it was the thick stuff) and no matter which needles I had, I found that they were sticking a little.  A wee bit of oil fixed that in a huge hurry.  Apparently there is a product out there that is safe for fabrics, but if it is just vinyl you are using, it will wipe off.  I used some thick terry scraps after I was done to make sure I got all of the oil off.

This trick also works well when sewing through hook and loop (velcro) that has adhesive on the back.  It saves your machine from gumming up every 2 stitches Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2004 06:54:56 PM »

I've seen the oil trick on Trading Spaces, so I'm pretty sure it's not as bad as you might be afraid it is.
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