How to sew vinyl – tips for sewing vinyl
Today I’m sharing my top tips for sewing vinyl. Vinyl can be a tricky fabric to sew, but use these tips and it should be smooth sailing. Check out the video below or on YouTube here to see how to sew vinyl.
How to Sew Vinyl
- Cut with a rotary cutter
- Use tissue paper to sew without sticking
- Don’t pin, use clips
- Use a longer stitch length
- I generally use the same needles and thread I use for 80% of my projects – universal size 80/12 needle with all purpose thread. If you’re getting skipped stitches try a micro sharp needle
Use a rotary cutter – this is particularly important if you’re not going to sew something to the vinyl – if the edge is going to be exposed, you want it to be a smooth edge.
Incidentally, if your vinyl is not laying flat, hovering your iron over it can help you flatten it. DON’T touch the vinyl with the iron, you could melt it. But if you heat it, it will be easier to flatten.
Use tissue paper to sew without sticking. When sewing vinyl you may find your machine has trouble feeding it, on either the presser foot side or the feed dog side (or both!). If you find this happening to you, put tissue paper between the vinyl and the side that is having trouble. The tissue paper will easily tear off when you’re done stitching.
Don’t pin vinyl. Use wonder clips, paper clips, or even transparent tape to hold things in place for stitching.
Pins will leave permanent holes. On the same note, use a long stitch length to sew vinyl. This means less holes in the vinyl and less chances of tearing at a needle hole.
Now that you know how to handle vinyl, here are some projects you might want to try – click on any image to go to the tutorial.