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Thread: embroidery on a thin vinyl backed material

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    A friend asked me to embroider a name on a small diaper bag that has a stiff woven front fabric and the backling looks and feels like a thin vinyl. I'm concerned about cutting the vinyl backing. It is a "Thirty-one" bag and I sure don't want to mess it up. I know I should not use a very dense font. What type of needle? Any other suggestions? I don't have any similar fabric to test it on. Thank you for any help.

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    When I do lunch bags with that thin vinyl I use a sticky back stabilizer, then stick it on to the vinyl, not pull it off. So far it has worked. Good luck ~ Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by PABerard
    When I do lunch bags with that thin vinyl I use a sticky back stabilizer, then stick it on to the vinyl, not pull it off. So far it has worked. Good luck ~ Pat
    thanks for posting that tip. i was too nervous to embroider on vinyl... now i might try

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    Sometimes when i use the sticky back, it won't come off the vinyl. That happened to a makeup bag and not only did it not come off well, it pulled off some of the vinyl backing. I used a 75/11 Sharp Organ needle and yes, in some instances, it cuts the vinyl. I hate to scare you!!

    Have you considered doing an applique instead and use the adhesive backed kind?

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    sdticky bac, but also use a woven type of backing, or just use a denim, something strong, also you might want to use a topper, like a wash away. lighten your stitch count or fill,

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    I have never done it, but I would use the stick back stablizer, a thin cotton fabric and definitely a topping. Good Luck

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    Well after doing a little research online, I read to use a medium to heavy cutaway stabilizer, not tear away. The fabric was so stiff I didn't even have to spray it to stick to the fabric. I just hooped the two together. I used a 75 embroidery needle and I'm please with it. I would have probably picked a thicker font since the fabric design is big, but my friend liked the curlz font, so that is what I used. The web handles are dark brown. I attached a picture.

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    Turned out great, I am sure your friend will be pleased.

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