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Q: Sewing on vinyl or plastic ( Answered,   0 Comments )
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?
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,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:


Direct Knitting and Sewing Supplies (UK) at 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

"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."


Husqvarna Viking Accessories (UK) at
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."


Other sources for teflon foot:

The Sewing Bird  (US)

Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew (US)

AllBrands Sewing Supplies (US)

You may also want to examine additional sources from my searchj


Regarding sewing PVC vinyl, the site at 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."


This tip from
"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


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,


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