In this 2 part blog post I will share my 10 tips for sewing with vinyl. BERNINA’s sewing machine settings, stitching & presser feet make all the difference to make an pretty & useful project bag. Check out Part 2 here.
I recently visited many quilt shops as part of my kind of summer fun and noticed some gorgeous designer vinyl project bags at an expensive price point. In fact, I felt that these bags were on trend because I saw them in many stores. It made me have some clear vision, pardon the pun. I know with some clear vinyl and lovely fabric this could be an amazing project.
This bag would be so useful to organize your most recent projects. Also a great bag to take travelling. Do not fear there is a way to sew with vinyl plastic, it’s all in the right equipment!
- 16 guage vinyl recommended
- Light weight fusible interfacing
- #5 -14″ zipper
- Pretty accent fabric for top of bag & bottom, 1/4 yard
- Lining fabric (light fabric recommended)
- Thread to match accent fabric & lining
- Decorative stitching thread (optional)
- Decorative Stitch #22
- Embroidery Foot #39 with Clear Sole
- Roller Foot #51 or Zigzag Foot with Non-Stick Sole #52
- Sewing machine with the ability to lengthen stitches – Used was a BERNINA 350 PE
- Decorative zipper pull (optional) or checkout my YouTube channel for a free zipper pull tutorial
- Clips (no pins)
- Sharp sewing needle Non Stick 80 recommended (see in supplies photo)
- Tissue paper (optional)
- Marking pen
- Refer to the 10 Tips to Sew With Vinyl below
- Cut 2 pieces of vinyl 13″ x 16″
- Cut 2 pieces of accent fabric 16″ x 2.5″ & cut the same for lining (project bag bottom)
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric 16″ x 1.5″ & cut the same for lining (zipper gusset)
- Cut 2 pieces of interfacing 15.5″ x 2.5″ (lining of bag bottom)
- Cut 2 pieces of interfacing 15.5″ x 1″ (lining of zipper gusset)
- Cut 2 pieces of zipper end tabs from accent fabric 1.25″ x 2.5″
- Cut 2 pieces of interfacing .75″ x 2″(zipper tabs)
10 Tips for Sewing With Vinyl
- Determine gauge size of vinyl. The higher the gauge, the thicker it will be. I’d recommend sewing with 16 guage vinyl for most bags involving clear vinyl.
- Using a rotary cutter and ruler will be the easiest way to cut the vinyl. (If you use scissors you must mark your cutting lines to be accurate).
- Putting your vinyl in the sun or using a hair dryer on low to medium heat is a good way to remove wrinkles.
- A strong, 100% polyester thread works great for sewing clear vinyl.
- Using tissue paper under the vinyl can help feed it through the machine bed if needed.
- Using clips to hold the material together will work better than pins, to avoid creating holes in the vinyl.
- Using a sharp non-stick needle will make the process easier.
- Lengthen the stitches to 3.0 to keep the holes further apart and to avoid tearing.
- Use a Teflon foot.
- Use a Roller foot.
Stay tuned tomorrow when I go through the step by step process to explore the 10 tips for sewing with vinyl while constructing the gorgeous made at home vinyl project bag. ☀️