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camel
« on: May 25, 2005 07:24:29 AM »

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum.. I know how to sew, but not that competent.. I don't know how to put in a zipper or a buttonhole.. but my Q is, If I want to sew some vinyl (faux leather) to make a bag, do I need some kind of special thicker/stronger needle?

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edited - sorry my Q was supposed to say 'needle' not 'zipper'!
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ParanoidEv
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005 07:28:52 AM »

I do not know, but what you do need to take in mind is to be very careful with what you sew, because you can see every hole of the needle in vinyl!
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005 08:28:37 AM »

It really is going to depend on the actual vinyl you select.  There are lots of different textures and densitys out there.  The absolute best thing is ask where you are buying it or take a sample of what you are wanting to use into a store and ask the sales ladies their opinion.  They really know their stuff! 

Too, I sew a bag with a vinyl lining and a fabric outter.  I wash it on hot and dry it afterwards and the vinyl type material I use seals back up at the stitch holes.  Be careful with pining before stitching.  Try using paper or binder clips, this will eliminate any additional holes.  Along the same idea, be careful with your tension, too tight will cause the holes to pull open.  DEFINITELY test on a scrap of the exact fabric/vinyl you will be using for your project first!
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2005 09:19:23 AM »

It depends on your vinyl choice and the look you are going for as well.
Use a longer stitch length when sewing the vinyl to help minimize the needle holes.  If your stitch length is too tight you can actually cut your vinyl. So definately do a test strip first.

If your faux leather is a fashion weight then you can actually use a small zipper in it like a skirt or something like that. If you look at the ones in the stores these are small zippers.

But if you are making a purse or bag the bigger zipper might be a better choice. You are more likely to use it  more so the constant use might break it down a little faster.
Hope this helps
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camel
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005 12:45:12 AM »

Anyone? I meant sewing machine needle.
Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2005 04:28:41 PM »

I never use a special needle. I just use the needle that I chose for the weight of the fabric.  I generally use a size 14 for most things. But I have switched to a size 12 for a very thin vinyl or faux leather. It leaves a smaller hole.  I also just buy the generic needles.
 For many years I sewed so much and was changing needles so often that I just use the cheap ones now cause I couldn't afford to keep up with the cost.
But be sure what ever needle you do use is sharp. If it hits the presser foot or the plate make sure you change it. A blunt needle makes bad holes.
If your faux leather or pleather has a knitted look on the back then you use the ball point needle.
 SO I think the more knit (stretchy fabric) there is on the backing then go to the ball point needle. But a regular size 14 ball point should work for most. Does this help you out?
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camel
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2005 05:54:18 AM »

Yes.. thanks!
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MnkyMama
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007 06:06:20 PM »

I am working on sewing a purse that is a gameboard covered in vinyl, but I'm having trouble with my needle breaking on my machine.  I have the 16 needle, which was the strongest I could find.  Can anyone help?
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brubendall
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007 07:55:42 PM »

16 is not going to be strong enough.  You need either an 18 or a leather needle.

It will also help if you have a rolling foot.  if you don't, try putting a layer of tissue paper inbetween your pressure foot and the vinyl, that way it doesn't stick and possibly stress the needle.
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007 07:58:03 PM »

aahh!  Ok, I'm totally new to sewing....I have just been learning as I go..so this will really help!  Awesome!  Thanks!!!!!
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