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« on: April 28, 2004 06:28:13 AM »

For my mom's day gift, I'm making a beach tote out of two shower curtain liners (plasticy cheap stuff) (white and sea green). I've figured out my pattern, etc, but am having trouble figuring out how sew it. I don't think thread will work, what about fishing wire (I could hand sew it that way, right?).

Any ideas? Anyone ever used this material before and sewed it up successfully??
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2004 10:10:14 AM »

I've actually gone to jo anns to find that they have fishing wire on a spool that will fit on your sewing machine.  I bought some and have used it on duct tape, etc.. but never shower curtains. However, I'm sure that it would work on that too.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2004 10:26:30 AM »

i've repurposed the vinyl from shower curtains before for wallets and such and they sew fine. i use clear thread and the sewing machine. you can get the thread (sometimes called invisible thread) at any fabric store. i prefer metler (or metrosene) if you can find it - it's the swiss stuff and seems to hold up the best, and not tangle or break in the bobbin - but i've used other brands and they all work. make sure you set your stitches a little further apart(6-8) when you're sewing as too tight ones tend to tangle the machine. good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2004 05:22:37 AM »

Yeah i have stitched plastic pvc stuff with clear/invisible thread before but you do need to change your stitch! Also you could try using a leather needle for your sewing machine, it has an almost flat ended needle and is used to pierce strong fabrics (like leather) but it depends on the thickness of the curtains! Hope it goes well and post a piccie when its finished, i'd love to see how it works out!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2004 08:36:45 AM »

Thanks ya'll! I'll get some monofilament and get working on it!
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