Needle and Foot Needs for Sewing Vinyl

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I just love this tutorial for making a great-looking zippered vinyl bag. Makes a great gift for any occasion. Are there any special types of needle or sewing foot needed to make it easier to work with vinyl?

Submitted by Juanita

NSC Answer

Hi Juanita! When working with vinyl the fabric can actually stick to the bottom of a regular presser foot. To avoid this you can either cover the bottom of your presser foot with tape or buy a Teflon presser foot – both work well.

If you plan to do a lot of work with vinyl I would suggest getting the Teflon foot, as it is much easier to change it out when needed than to continually reapply tape.

Generally you can stitch through vinyl with a universal needle. However, if you are using a heavier weight of vinyl I would recommend using a wedge point needle or a needle meant for working with leather fabric. This will help ensure even stitching and eliminate any puckers or thread breakage.

Hope this helps!

Ashley

Related Video: Sewing Vinyl: Make a Zippered Bag

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3 Responses to “Needle and Foot Needs for Sewing Vinyl”
  1. OrahLee

    Also lengthen your stitch length so your seam doesn’t “perforate” a line to rip off. Additionally, if you choose to use tape on the bottom of the presser foot, use the frosted magic kind, and a roller foot can sometimes work. I loved putting a clear window or a clear patch pocket in several items I made. Don’t be afraid to try vinyl, it is great!
    OrahLee

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