In the second part of this blog post, we will have the opportunity to explore the 10 tips for sewing with vinyl and creating a truly functional, practical and pretty project bag. See the first part of this series here.
- Insert a size 80 non-stick needle into your machine.
- Fuse interfacing to the reverse side of all lining pieces and zipper tabs.
Make the zipper gusset
1. Fold the prepared zipper end tabs in half. bad sides together as shown and sew the right sides to the end of the zipper on both sides with the crease toward the center of the zipper and a ¼” seam allowance using Patchwork foot #37 . Sew back and forth with 2 lines of stitching to secure (as it is a zipper stop) with matching thread. Press the zipper tabs away from the zipper.
2. Place the right side of the zipper gusset accent fabric on the right side of the zipper, place the right side lining against the back of the zipper and trim all raw edges as shown. Sew with a #4 zipper foot with the needle position to the left of the foot. Do this with on both sides of the zipper.
ADVICE: Activate the needle down function, stop and slide the zipper while you sew to ensure even seam allowances.
3. Press all accent fabric and lining away from the zipper and top stitch using Zipper Foot #4 and the far left needle position, matching the accent fabric and lining and foot against the edge of the accent fabric as shown.
4. Cut the fabric around the gusset and zipper insert. Embroidery foot #39 with transparent sole & zigzag all raw edges.
Start building bags with vinyl
- Lay the long side of the zipper gusset, right side against the 16″ side of the vinyl, clip and sew with the Roller foot #51 & the needle position on the far right. This foot has 3 rollers for the best possible feed, it is fantastic for materials that tend to stick like plastic, vinyl, leather, etc. and it is compatible with 5.5mm and 9mm machines. Sew the second piece of vinyl to the other side of the gusset in the same manner.
TIP: Use tissue paper under the vinyl if the type of vinyl you have sticks to the soleplate of the machine. Also, don't iron the vinyl, as it will melt.
2. Press the zipper gusset with your finger away from the vinyl and sew the edge with the Zigzag Foot with Non-Stick Sole #52 foot with non-stick sole stitching along the edge of the gusset fabric. Foot #52 has the same features as foot #51, except that it works very well with zigzag and decorative stitches. I used stitch #77 and bright turquoise thread for the decorative top stitch. This is a back and forth stitch that looks like a thicker top stitch. You can also use any other decorative stitch, but audition it before trying it on your project.
Make the bottom of the bag
- Lay the bottom accent fabric of the bag, right side down, against the right side of the vinyl bottom. Lay the liner piece on the right side, on the other side of the vinyl, with the vinyl sandwiched in between. Clip and sew with roller foot #51 and needle position on the far right. Finger press both layers of fabric away from the vinyl and use stitch #77 or another decorative stitch as was done with the zipper gusset near the edge of the accent fabric.
2. With zigzag #52 feet around all bottom raw edges.
3. Create the corners of the box by marking a 1.5″ square on all bottom corners of the 4 bags on the liner side. Cut out these squares as shown. Zigzag the edges of all squares.
Sew the sides
1. Open the zipper to the middle, clip and sew the sides and bottom right side together, use stitch length 3.0 and roller foot #51 with needle position at far right, do not sew the squares yet.
2. Finish sewing the framed corners by bringing together the bottom seam and side seam and matching raw edges, cut and sew as shown.
3. Gently turn the entire bag outside through the zipper. If the bag has wrinkles, use the heat of a hair dryer to remove the wrinkles. Add a zipper pull, watch a free zipper pull tutorial here.
TIP: If you need a recap of the 10 tips for sewing with vinyl, click the link to part one of this series here.
Admire your creation. I'm sure you also see with clear vision now!
I hope you enjoyed these vinyl sewing tips and now feel comfortable trying vinyl sewing, it opens up a whole world of possibilities.