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Can you sew vinyl coated nylon with a regular sewing machine?

Can someone please tell me if I can sew vinyl coated nylon with a regular sewing machine and what needle and thread should I use?
Also, mine is a sewing and embroidery machine, so would I be able to add some lettering also to it or would the fabric be too much? THANKS!

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5 Responses to “Can you sew vinyl coated nylon with a regular sewing machine?”

  1. wow_dolphinia says:

    Yes you can, I would use a large needle and a sturdy nylon thread. The problem you will run into is when trying to go through multiple layers the foot on your machine may not be able to push the fabric through easily. Go slowly to make sure you dont break your needles and so you continue to advance the fabric rather than stitching multiple times in one spot.

  2. pattiann42 says:

    Yes you can use a regular home sewing machine.

    You can use regular sewing thread. If you choose to use monofilament or nylon thread, be sure to loosed the tension a bit and test the stitching.

    It is also easier to sew vinyl using a Teflon presser foot (sold with sewing machine accessories), or you can use a strip of tissue paper under a regular presser foot to keep the vinyl from sticking to the presser foot.

    Needle size will depending on the thickness of the vinyl. Take a bit of scrap vinyl and make a mock-up of what you will be stitching (for a simple seam, use two layers of vinyl). Test the needle size and stitch length.

    A vinyl table cloth may only need size 12, but a heavier vinyl may require size 14 or 16.

    Needles come in a package of assorted sizes so you need not buy a package of each size.

  3. kay says:

    Are you talking about a regular coated nylon (pvc or urethane coating) often used for rain gear? No problem… use a sharp needle (I prefer Microtex) of the size appropriate for the fabric thickness. For most coated nylons, about a size 10/70 or 12/80. Use a fairly long stitch length, and standard polyester sewing thread (“dressmaker thread”) of good quality. You can use a sealant like Seam Grip if you need to keep the seams waterproof.

    Yes, you can embroider on it, but each hole is a leak spot. And the typical nylon base fabrics are pretty closely woven, so puckering can be an issue.

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