How to Secure Laminated Cotton or Oilcloth for Stitching

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Laminated cotton and oil cloth are great to use on projects you want to be fairly water resistant or easy to clean, like lunch bags, beach bags, or rain coats. However, they can be tricky to stitch with if you don’t want to use pins. Stacy Grissom shows you different ways to secure your fabric without pins, and even has different methods depending on how many layers of fabric you are stitching through. Using these methods rather than pins will eliminate the small holes pins can create in the fabric that unlike pins in regular cotton could become permanent.

If you plan to make a rain coat or other water resistant project, not using pins is just the first step in keeping the water out. Just like pins can create small permanent holes in your fabric, the needle can do the same thing when stitching. To eliminate water leakage at seams you will need to apply a seam sealant to the wrong side of your seams when finished. Seam sealant is a great way to make your seams water resistant and not change the overall look and feel of the fabric. If you are making a project that’s a little more rugged and you don’t necessarily need the wrong side of the seams to be smooth, another more resilient option is vinyl cement.

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6 Responses to “How to Secure Laminated Cotton or Oilcloth for Stitching”
    • National Sewing Circle

      We would be happy to help, we just need a little more information. Are you looking for tips on cutting and working with this specific fabric or are you looking for tips on dress making?

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  1. Alicia Williams

    Hi
    Im definitely not an experienced sewer more of a novice really and I’ve never used oil cloth or laminated cloth for a project before. Its always great to get tips to inspire one to try something new but can I ask if you have any tips on sewing it ie which needle to use, is specific thread needed and just a thought out loud …. wouldnt the wax of the cloth make it difficult when the needle goes in and out of the fabric?
    Thanks for all the great video clips …. I’m learning so much from them so please keep them coming!
    Happy sewing
    Alicia

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    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi Alicia. No, the ‘wax’ of the oilcloth does not make it more difficult to sew, in fact some find that it is even a little easier of a fabric to sew than some because it has more stability to it. Because of that extra weight it can be necessary to use a heavier needle, such as a size 16 or a denim needle. Polyester or cotton threads are great threads to use when sewing with oilcloth. Other tips, like mentioned in the video, are: place pins only in the seam allowance of the fabric, as they can create permanent holes. You can also use clips instead of pins. If you will be topstitching or doing any stitching where the right side of the oilcloth needs to be against the presser foot it can be easier to use a teflon presser foot, or apply a small amount of tape to the bottom of your presser foot, to make the fabric slide against it easier.
      Hope these tips help!

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  2. Mary Ann

    I am sewing a cushion for my swing. What can you tell be about cutting and sewing laminate fabric. What needle and thread to use how to,keep it together without pins

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