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« on: January 30, 2008 10:35:03 AM »

I'm looking into sewing a nice vinyl purse.  I have some limited experience sewing with it, and all I know is that it rips easily.  Where can I find some general information/tips on how to sew handbags with it that are sturdy?
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008 09:48:04 PM »

I'm not real sure about vinyl ripping easily. I suppose if it doesn't have a backing or is very thin like the kind used for clothing. For a purse, I would use the thicker/sturdier stuff, that's often used in upholstery.

I've done a few things in vinyl. It's tough to work with. I've got lots to learn! Do a search on the site for vinyl and some things will pop up.

But my advice is, use a leather needle, sew slowly, use upholstery thread, use a teflon foot or trace paper under your foot to allow the vinyl to move smoothly as you sew. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 06:27:17 PM »

I would add lengthen your stitch length to what RedSonja said.

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008 06:14:04 AM »

I'm looking into sewing a nice vinyl purse.  I have some limited experience sewing with it, and all I know is that it rips easily.  Where can I find some general information/tips on how to sew handbags with it that are sturdy?

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2008 08:30:54 PM »

Yes, the longer stitch length is important.  It may well be related to the "rips easily" issue, since a seam with very fine stitches makes a perforated line that would let the two sides separate very easily.  The holes made with stitching are there forever, too, so ripping out stitches/seams isn't a good idea.  Be sure before you sew!
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