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July 21, 2014

how-to // sew vinyl

There are a variety of ways to sew vinyl fabric, but most are cumbersome at best. This is a neat trick that I've seen floating around the internet, & I wanted to share it with you. It really is a life-saver (the frustration of sewing with vinyl makes me murderous, so it's almost a literal life-saver). Plus it only involves tape! 

Remove the foot from your sewing machine (you should be able to unscrew it from the left side). Lay out two small strips of tape on the underside of the foot. Use tape that doesn't leave sticky residue, & leave room for the needle to pass through.

Place strips of tape next to the dogs of your sewing machine as well. 

The tape allows for less friction against the vinyl, allowing the fabric to glide on through! That's it! It seems too simple, right? Figuring this out was life-changing for me. Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but I cannot tell you how many times I abandoned a project because it involved sewing vinyl. Now I can sew vinyl all the live-long day.

Hopefully this little trick will help you crafters out in the future.


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