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Sewing Minis (Ep 5): Tips for Sewing Vinyl Fabric

If you’re afraid to sew vinyl-based fabric, you’re not alone. These fabrics can be intimidating and difficult for any sewist, new or seasoned. With that in mind, we’ve created this quick video to show you some vinyl sewing tips and tricks. Follow these hacks and sewing vinyl will be as easy as sewing medium weight cotton.

Knowing how to sew these plastic fabrics will allow you to complete so many great projects. You’ll be able to sew reusable grocery totes and baby bibs. You can even tackle outdoor furniture cushions and hiking gear. You’ll be able to make easy-to-clean organizers and even fashionable faux leather purses. The possibilities are endless!

For your convenience, we sell the tools you need.

Size 100/16 Universal Needles
*You can also use size 90/14 Leather Needles or Denim Needles. I’ve tested both and find they work well.*
Walking Foot or Roller Foot or Non-Stick Foot
Wonder Clips (10 pack, 50 pack, 100 pack)

As always, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the comment section. If you’re having trouble finding the right foot for your machine, please call us at (888) 824-1192 or use our live chat. You can also e-mail us at [email protected] Happy sewing and good luck!

21 thoughts on “Sewing Minis (Ep 5): Tips for Sewing Vinyl Fabric”

  1. Hello. Your videos and information are so helpful. I am learning a little easier thanks to you. I need some solid advice and I think you are the one to ask. We arw redoing my boyfriend’s motorcycle seat…so we have taken the old one apart and used the pieces to cut the new ones out of this crocodile looking vinyl. I am using a Brother Cs-6000i machine and need desperately to know what type of thread and which stitch to use for this project. I am thinking from online research thar Bonded Polyester should be used, but are there different sizes. I am still learning..please laugh with me not ar me! LOL. I am a better visual and hands on learner so when reading some of this info I end up more confused than when I started. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance, Heather

    1. Hi Heather! Thank you for the nice comments. I would like to be of assistance with your project; however, I have not yet redone a motorcycle seat! I would recommend looking on YouTube for a video specific to your project. Thank you for watching.

  2. I just found your web site and hope you can solve my problem. I make vinyl supports that require velcro but my machine shreds the thread when I sew the rough part of the velcro even if I sew as close to the edge. It sews the soft part of the velcro onto the vinyl just fine but not the rough part. Any suggestions?

  3. Would the snap-on flat-felled presser foot work on Sunbrella fabric or any of the vinyl/plasticy fabrics you mentioned?

    1. Hi! It won’t work well on any vinyl/plastic fabric. I’ve done a flat-felled on that kind of fabric before and had the best results using my walking foot.

  4. Hi. My friend would like to source waterproof / water resistant fabric that is thin, and soft (not crunchy) do you have any ideas of where she could buy this?

  5. I need to sew through fabric that is stretchy but is foam backed. What type of needle should I use. And if I should use a special foot or thread.

    thank you for your input

    1. Hi Heidi! That is a tricky one. I would try a ballpoint and a universal to see which creates the better stitch. Also, a walking foot will probably work best. All purpose thread should be fine. You’ll likely need to increase your stitch length.

  6. Juanita Vega DeJoseph

    Logged in to purchase a light bulb for my Singer 603 and saw the contest. GREAT way to reintroduce these really well done videos! Thanks Sarah!

  7. Love Love these sewing sessions. I have granddaughters who would like to learn to sew – live away from me- so I have sent this site.

  8. Great and right on time information, just made a host of showercaps as gifts for family and freinds. With your tips it was super easy. Thanks!!!!

    1. Our pleasure! And that is SO cool that you made shower caps! I would have never thought to make those – if you get a chance, would you mind posting a pic on our facebook page? I just have to see these shower caps!

    2. I’ve never seen a discussion on the end caps. I will pay more attention to this. I also wonder if the problem I’m having with the gathering foot would go away if I used the thread stand? Can’t hurt to try.

      Every time I start a project I go back to sewingparts video’s to get tips before I get stuck.

      Thanks for the best info.

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