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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2013 01:38:34 PM »

I am glad to see that you are sewing cute projects for yourself and your home!!

I think the fabric is really lovely---and it will be practical, too, as you can wipe oilcloth off with a damp cloth!

What would you say the biggest problem was with sewing it?  I personally do not like the "stickiness" but I purchased a telflon roller foot that seems to glide over this type of fabric and vinyl!

Very nice! I've never sewn on oilcloth and would be interested in hearing about how it's different to sew on from regular fabric.

Yep, oilcloth is definitely practical in case dust/animal fur/etc. gets on it.

What makes oilcloth so different is that it's both slick and "sticky." If you try to use a metal presser foot, it will grip the cloth, and your stitches will be wonky and/or you'll get a whole bunch of stitches in one spot. For this reason, you're supposed to use a Teflon foot, which helps you sew "sticky" fabrics such as vinyl and oilcloth. Alternatively, you can put matte Scotch tape on the bottom of the foot. You have to cut it just so, though, so you don't hinder the thread and needle. The good thing is that most of the time, you're sewing on the wrong side of the fabric.

What made it so difficult was really my fault: I had misunderstood the dimensions (I don't know if I mixed up finished vs. pattern or what, tbh), so the first rendition of the final product was way too big. I had to take it in over an inch I think to make it fit snugly (looks better plus blocks out particulate better), which is quite difficult on a finished rectangular prism (minus the bottom of course), especially when it wants to stick to itself. But you can't even tell from the outside!

Making the handle hole was a bit of a challenge. The pattern called for you to cut the hole and sew bias tape on the edges, but I didn't have any bias tape in blue or white. Being very anxious to finish, I cut diagonal slits at each corner of the hole and "hemmed" it inward. The bottom of the cozy was also supposed to be finished in bias tape, but I just hemmed that as well. I'm definitely pleased with how all that turned out.

I can honestly say that I learn something new with each sewing project. Love it!
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