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« on: June 24, 2007 11:47:30 AM »

Is there anyone who can give me any pointers on the best way to work with vinyl on my machine?  I purchased some for the first time at a friends request to make her a bag with outside vinyl pockets if possible so she can see what she is reaching for (sippy, snacks, keys, wallet, etc.) I think it will be a great design, but am unsure how vinyle will go through the unit.  I have a very simple Singer. Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007 12:36:46 PM »

Is there anyone who can give me any pointers on the best way to work with vinyl on my machine?  I purchased some for the first time at a friends request to make her a bag with outside vinyl pockets if possible so she can see what she is reaching for (sippy, snacks, keys, wallet, etc.) I think it will be a great design, but am unsure how vinyle will go through the unit.  I have a very simple Singer. Thank you!

I read somewhere on here that you can cut off pieces of plastic grocery bags and put the pieces in between the vinyl and the sewing machine.  It helps the vinyl not get stuck, and rips off easily.  I used that technique the other day and it worked wonderfully.  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007 12:40:54 PM »

You can also use tissue paper.  It rips out easily afterwards too.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007 12:56:27 PM »

Thank you both for your quick replies. Do you need to apply the plastic or tissue to both the underside where the vinyl will touch the feeddogs and the top where it slides under the foot?
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2007 01:01:36 PM »

I was about to suggest the tissue paper as well. My machine feeds best when it's on both sides, with the vinyl sandwiched between the paper.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2007 01:49:00 PM »

Yes, both sides are better. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2007 06:05:16 PM »

You can also get a rolling foot (about $5.00) or a walking foot (about $25.00).  This way you can see where you are stitching.  Also, use the longest stitch length, short stitches close together could cause the vinyl to tear.
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2007 07:00:16 PM »

This may not help you now, but my machine came with a lot of feet that I have no need for. I glued a piece of fleece onto the bottom, so the foot glides over the vinyl, instead of sticking and ripping it. Since I do a lot of work with vinyl, I use my fleece-foot a lot. But tissue paper also works well.
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