Add to GuideAsk a Question
To Top

Sewing Tough or Heavyweight Fabrics

Category How To
Sewing thick curtains.
When stitching heavier fabric, you may have to make a number of sewing machine adjustments or even sew it by hand. This guide is about sewing tough or heavyweight fabrics.
Ad

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

June 3, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for sewing tough fabric. Post your ideas.

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
June 3, 20050 found this helpful
Best Answer

Use fishing line to sew up tough fabrics, it works like a charm.

By Charlene

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 20, 20130 found this helpful
Best Answer

When sewing heavy duty, tough fabrics by machine, first of make sure your sewing machine is rated to handle heavy duty fabrics. You can do everything else right - correct needle, thread, tension setting, and presser foot - but if your machine is not rated for heavy duty fabrics, you will 'kill' it trying to sew anything heavier than a mid-weight corduroy or twill.

Ad

The best way to ensure your machine can handle the extra stress of seaming heavy duty fabrics is to first check the owner's guide (most guides will state in the first few pages what types of fabrics the machine will handle without problems) or check the manufacturer website.

If your machine can take it, sewing heavy duty fabrics is a breeze as long as you take the time to figure out the correct presser foot/needle/thread/tension setting/stitches.

A good example is the leatherette and velveteen ottoman cover I'm about to make for a friend. After some research, I understand that while my Singer Talent 3321 is able to sew this, I'll need to use three different specialty feet - a walking foot, a roller foot, and a non-stick foot. I'll also need a specialty leatherette sewing machine needle, I'll need to use a different upper thread tension setting, and specialty thread for sewing heavy duty leatherette fabric.

I'll use the walking foot when stitching the casing for the elasticated hem to keep all three layers of fabric feeding evenly as I seam, the roller foot for the darts and inset velveteen to leatherette seaming to keep the two layers feeding evenly, and the non-stick foot when topstitching the heavy duty velveteen insets in the centre of the leatherette slipcover.

I'll make several test sewing strips to be sure I know which tension setting, size needle, thread, and stitch settings to use for good seams that don't fail, and topstitching that looks nice.

So the best tips for machine sewing tough fabrics is to first be sure the machine can take the extra stress, do the research (owner's guide, sewing reference books, Internet searches) so that the home sewer knows which attachments are needed, and then to make several test strips on spare bits of the fabric to decide the best tension and other machine settings (stitch length and widths, also any decorative stitching) to use.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

June 3, 20050 found this helpful

I used fishing line to repair a broken clasp on the front of my bra. It's still holding!!!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 3, 20050 found this helpful

Dental floss works great, too.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Related Content
Categories
Crafts Sewing How ToSeptember 19, 2013
Guides
Handy Stitch Sewing Machine
Using a Handy Stitch Sewing Machine
A sewing room garbage can by tying a bag to the table leg.
Sewing Tips and Tricks
A red piggy bank being held by a child's hands and then an adult's hands.
Being a Parent During Tough Economic Times
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/08/21 11:40:00 in 578 msecs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!