Skillbuilder Session: How to Sew TPU Vinyl

Skillbuilder Session: How to Sew TPU Vinyl

When it comes to sewing, there are a wide variety of fabrics to choose from. One material that can be a bit tricky to work with is vinyl. Whether you're making a bag, upholstery, or any other project that requires vinyl, it's important to know the right techniques to ensure success.

Here is my video tutorial for sewing the new Printed TPU Vinyl, which has a slightly different behavior than our clears and glitters and jellies.


In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and tricks for sewing vinyl like a pro. What is Vinyl and Why is it Challenging to Sew? Vinyl is a synthetic material that is known for its durability and water resistance. It is commonly used in projects that require a sturdy and easy-to-clean fabric. 

Here are some basic tips that will help you:

1. Choose the Right Needle and Thread When sewing vinyl, it's important to use the right needle and thread. A needle with a sharp point, such as a Microtex needle, is recommended. 

2. As for the thread, opt for a polyester or nylon thread that is strong and durable. I prefer Gutermann Sew-All thread in all of my machines, which are different brands and models.

3. Prepare Your Machine Before you start sewing, it's essential to prepare your machine for working with vinyl. Sometimes on SOME machines, you may need to start by adjusting the presser foot pressure to a lower setting to prevent the fabric from sticking. Look up your machine's manual online if you lost yours- (no judgement!)--because they are PDFs online now in most cases.

4. A Teflon foot on your machine is life changing, JUST GET ONE!  .Additionally, lengthening your stitch length can prevent the vinyl from tearing or perforating.

5. Use Clips Instead of Pins When working with vinyl, it's best to avoid using pins as they can leave permanent holes in the fabric. Instead, use clips or binder clips to hold the fabric in place. These clips provide a secure hold without damaging the vinyl.

6. If you need to mark your fabric, use a Hera marker or chalk.

7. Take Your Time and Practice Sewing vinyl requires patience and practice. Take your time and sew slowly to ensure accuracy and prevent mistakes. It's also a good idea to practice on scrap pieces of vinyl before starting your actual project. This will allow you to get a feel for the fabric and test different techniques without the fear of ruining your project.

For more in depth tips, see my "HOW TO SEW VINYL" Guide, With these tips and techniques, you'll be well-equipped to tackle any sewing project that involves vinyl.

Remember to choose the right needle and thread, prepare your machine, use clips instead of pins, and take your time. With practice, you'll become a master at sewing vinyl and create beautiful, durable projects that will stand the test of time.

Peace, Love, Sewing!

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