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Subject: Sewing on vinyl or plastic
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jude1-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 12 Aug 2003 13:14 PDT
Expires: 11 Sep 2003 13:14 PDT
Question ID: 243002
How do professionals sew vinyl and plastic without it sticking and how
can I sew it at home on my Singer sewing machine. (I have a walking
foot, but the vinyl still sticks to the machine.) Also, is there a
certain type of thread to use?
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Subject: Re: Sewing on vinyl or plastic
Answered By: journalist-ga on 12 Aug 2003 13:58 PDT
 
Greetings Jude1:

Form an HGTV site at
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_sewing_tips_techniques/article/0,1789,HGTV_3336_1377049,00.html
comes the advice: "When sewing vinyl, use a Teflon(r) pressure foot
and Teflon(r) pressing sheet situated on the throat plate to keep the
fabric from sticking to the sewing machine."

I located teflon pressing sheets at: 

http://www.quiltdirect.com/ShowProduct.cfm?ProductCode=JT235

http://www.virginiaquilter.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-N014.html?E+scstore

http://www.anythingcrafts.com/prodspecs.php?sku=CDI534

http://www.joannescreativenotions.com/pressing/aps.html

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Direct Knitting and Sewing Supplies (UK) at
http://www.sewandknit.co.uk/accs2.html offers teflon sewing
accessories for purchase.

"Teflon foot H - for sewing foam, plastic, plastic coated fabrics,
leather and imitation leathers. The foot feeds over the fabric without
sticking"

"Teflon Plates - Adhesive teflon for zipper foot, buttonhole foot and
A foot. Stick on for sewing plastic, leather, artificial leather and
foam, can be cut for use on other presser feet."

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Husqvarna Viking Accessories (UK) at 
http://www.elginsewcentre.co.uk/index.html?target=Husqvarna_Viking_Accessories.html
also offers teflon feet.  About a quarter of the way down the page,
there are the descriptions:

"Teflon Foot H - 411 85 30-45      12.95   When sewing foam, plastic,
plastic coated fabrics, leather and imitation leathers, the Teflon
Foot H feeds over the fabric without sticking. Use it for general
sewing and buttonholes on plastic and leather type fabrics."

"Teflon Plates - 412 01 41-45      3.88   Adhesive teflon for zipper
foot, buttonhole foot, and A foot. Stick on for sewing plastic,
leather, artificial leather and foam. Can be cut for use on other
presser feet."

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Other sources for teflon foot:

The Sewing Bird  (US)
http://www.sewingbird.com/feet_fzig5.htm

Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew (US)
http://www.mrvacandmrssew.com/go/product/id/265?PHPSESSID=6bad5f1d98128558c18ed68bd0b121d5

AllBrands Sewing Supplies (US)
http://www.store.allbrands.com/insewfeet.html

You may also want to examine additional sources from my searchj
results:
://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22teflon+foot%22+sewing

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Regarding sewing PVC vinyl, the site at
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/velvet-fabric/sewonvinyl.html offers tips
and suggested thread:

"Although PVC is backed in a knit, you should not use a ball point
needle, because it will tear ugly holes in the Polyurethane. Instead,
use a sharp size 11 in your machine for seam construction and
topstitching. Use a “leather” needle to baste in zippers. Leather
needles are heavyweight needles designed with a razor tip to cut
through leather and leather-like fabrics that resist normal needle
piercing. This makes them a terrific choice for machine sewing through
both PVC and zipper tape in a single line of stitching."

"Because PVC stretches, the thread it is sewn with must stretch also.
Polyester has the best give when twisted into thread. 100% Polyester
thread is recommended for normal seam construction, but all-purpose
thread that contains at least 60% polyester will suffice and is often
easier to find in stores. Do not use all-cotton thread."

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This tip from http://www.sewingsavvy.com/departments/sewing_solutions/pages/mar02_sewing_solutions.html
:
"If you do not have one of these feet [teflon foot] or if one is not
available, place a very small amount of sewing lubricant such as
Sewers Aid on the bottom of the presser foot to provide smoother
feeding."

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Should any of my links not work or any information is unclear, please
request a clarification before rating my answer and closing the
question.  I'll be happy to reply and thank you for asking this
interesting question!

Best regards,
journalist-ga


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