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« on: April 18, 2011 08:16:23 AM »

please help! every time I try to top sew my pleather,it's great on the top side but my feed dog keeps scratching up the surface on the other side! I have tried sewing ontop of greaseproof paper, and still have problems there too. is there some trick I am missing?!

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011 03:21:25 PM »

What's the problems you're having with greaseproof paper? Is that the same as wax paper?

And yes, feed dogs don't treat vinyl or leather kindly. The best thing to do is sew every piece you can with the good side face up, AWAY from the feed dogs. Unfortunately, that means a regular metal foot will "stick" to the vinyl/leather, and you'll end up with looped threads, ragged holes punched in the vinyl and other nasty things. For the best results, you need to use a rolling foot, a teflon foot, a walking foot, or put paper on the topside of the vinyl/leather. If you don't have a special foot, you can also grease the vinyl (don't do it to leather; it'll stain it) with cooking oil, 3-in-1 oil or white grease like Jiffy Lube. Some people like to use baby powder or talc in place of a liquid "persuader."

Honestly, the wax paper on both top and bottom of the vinyl should be the cheapest and easiest way to deal with it. You can see through it so you know where your edge/sewing line is, and it should keep the material from sticking to anything metal.

Wish *I* had thought of wax paper... I've been using newspaper, which you CAN'T see through! Agh, silly me...

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011 04:25:20 AM »

I use baking paper.

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