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    Sewing on vinyl

    Does anyone have advice for sewing on vinyl? I'm making wallets and luggage tags and no matter what I do my presser foot sticks and the vinyl wrinkles. I've used a Teflon foot. I've put tissue paper under and on top of the vinyl. Still doesn't look good. Please help!

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    I saw a hint on Pinterest where someone put magic scotch tape on the bottom of the foot. I haven't tried it but can't hurt...

    http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog...ing-vinyl.aspx
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    Try your walking foot with the tissue paper.

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    Can you adjust your presser foot pressure on your machine? If so, loosen it, and instead of the tissue paper try some parchment paper. It is a bit heavier but less likely to bind.

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    I've used painters masking tape over the area to be stitched. Helps greatly. It did leave a bit of residue on the needle, but that was easily removed with a baby wipe (my cure all cleaner for most uses).
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    I have used a roller foot.
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    I use the roller foot too.
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    I have used a roller foot.

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    I have a teflon foot that is great for vinyl or leather.

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    I have sewn on vinyl - I used adding machine tape on the bottom (but I don't know if that is still available).
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    I had a foot that had a roller in it that worked well. or you could use a teflon foot. i think i have one that looks like white plastic.

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    I used to use teflon grease - can you still buy that?
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    There is a roller foot that is useful. However, the best one may be to adjust the pressure of your foot if possible.

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    I used the teflon foot and it worked great.
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    I used silicone spray. When i worked at a upholstery shop. Just sprayed the vinyl and sewed beautifully.

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    maybe it was silicone grease - it has been 35 years ago... worked like a charm
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    A very, very long item ago I made a rain cape out of vinyl. The way I solved the sticking problem was with lonq, thin pieces of paper between the presser foot/needle combination and then the vinyl. My choice of paper was newsprint: came free with the morning news, disintegrated well when I ripped or soaked it off. Do not use the printed on part!

    Yes, it was a pain but my Elna SU didn't drop a stitch and is still going 36 years later. I may have my ashes inserted in it and then sealed somehow. Elna Supers rule! The cape ultimately went to Good Will - also years later.


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    I made some vinyl covers for a friend's display cases. He does antique and gun shows. I just used a leather needle and heavy duty thread and sewed it on my vintage Kenmore. I didn't have any problems with it. You probably need to use a longer stitch than usual. I think I used about an 8. He's been using them for months without any problem. The vinly I used did have a fabric backing. Maybe that's what the problem is. Does your's have a fabric backing?
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    I haven't sewn any vinyl on my home sewing machines. I did sew miles and miles of it when I owned my Upholstery shop. I had a Pfaff 545 industrial machine with a walking foot. It sewed vinyl like there was no tomorrow.

    I do know..........be very careful in where you place your stitching. Cause if you make a mistake, it's start over time. Vinyl and leather are so unforgiving when it comes to needle marks.
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    wax paper works real good with a all purpose foot -We reulpholstered a cabin cruiser last year and the softer type vynil was a pain til we finally tried wax paper from then on it went smooth as a babies bottom. Oh you will have to change needles quite often if its a large project -once the needle gets dull it will also give you a little problem feeding and the holes start looking like you used a hole punch instead of a needleand the other thing I learned while doing that project was I really hate sewing vynil

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    My first thought would be to try baby powder or cornstarch on the vinyl. Just an idea....
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    Many years ago I sewed a diaper bag out of vinyl with cloth backing. I found top stitching to be
    very difficult....after trying a number of things, I use petroleum jelly, and the foot on that old
    machine moved right along without skipping a stitch. Making straps for the bag was a breeze,
    even with the thickness. Just applied a bit as I went along.

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    I just wonder if it would be s good idea to lengthen the stitch length.

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    I have used the water solveable with great sucess bomus it you can see what your sewing!!! and a little longer stitch lenth and lighten up your presure on the preser foot. Hope this helps.
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