It’s TuffSew again, your heavy duty sewing machine manufacturer! Sure, your standard household machine can sew vinyl. But what happens when you want to sew more than 2 layers? Why is your sewing machine not able to handle the extra layers? Remember, every sewing machine has it’s limitations. Here’s an analogy: Would you drive your Honda Civic to a ski resort when you knew you had to go through a snowstorm? You could…but wouldn’t be more efficient and safer to rent a car with 4WD?
Here are a few tips:
1) Look into a walking foot sewing machine. Not a sewing machine with a “walking foot attachment.” There is a huge difference between the two. Here is a picture of a walking foot sewing machine and a true built in walking foot (the top portion):
Here is a picture of a walking foot attachment. This is what you DON’T want to sew more than 2 layers of vinyl.
2) Make sure and increase your stitch length to the maximum while you are sewing vinyl. Some walking foot machines have a 5mm stitch length, others might have a 5.5mm or 6mm stitch length.
3) Use the largest size needle available. This is another reason why using a walking foot sewing machine is SO important. With standard sewing machines, the needles are thin and don’t penetrate as well. All portable walking foot machines use a much thicker needle- it’s almost nail-size! We recommend using at least size 21 needle.
4) If you are having a problem sliding the material while you are sewing…place a piece of tissue paper under the fabric.
5) Use a heavier type thread. Another great reason for using a walking foot sewing machine. Standard sewing machines cannot handle nylon bonded size 69 thread…but a true walking foot sewing machine definitely will handle that weight.
To learn more about how a walking foot sewing machine can help when sewing thick materials, see the videos below:
If you have any further questions regarding sewing heavy vinyl material, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TuffSew Team