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Sewing Through Hard Plastic: Can a Sewing Machine Sew Plastic? (2024)

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Whaever indusry you operae in, i always needs he righ ools o make every ask easier and much smooher. Even when you’re ackling difficul projecs, I need he righ ools o lighen he load. Sewing is no differen and wih he righ ools you can sew almos anyhing.

Can a sewing machine sew plasic? A sewing machine can sew plasic, as long as you own and use he righ ools. Plasic comes in many forms and you probably already sewed hrough i and weren’ even aware of i. Wih he righ ools, you can sew jus abou any fabric, bu say away from hard plasic ha ends up on oys.

Read our aricle for more informaion on sewing plasic.. i conains he informaion you need o do firs-class work. Plasic sewing can if you have he righ ools and he righ now-how.

Can a sewing machine sew hrough plasic?


There will be some changes in your sewing echnique, bu yes, a sewing machine can sew hrough plasic. Technically, polyeser is plasic jus like oher synheics, so you’re hrough he maerial in no ime.

Bu wih heavier plasics like raincoa maerial, vinyl for ableclohs, rubberized fabrics, and so on, i can wih a few weaks. One change you should make is o replace your regular foo wih a Teflon model.

The Teflon will no sick o he plasic maerials like a meal does. he sewing process a lile easier and smooher. Then you should replace he needle. Finding he righ needle size won’ be ha difficul.

Nex you should increase he sich lengh o make sure he needle holes are no close ogeher. hese close ogeher, i is possible o ear off he plasic edge. Sewing plasic layers is like making a perforaed edge when done wrong.

As long as your sewing machine’s moor has he power, and check ha, be able o sew hicker plasic fabrics.

Can you sew plasic bags, ableclohs and shower curains?

Yes, you can and he par of he correc oolse has already . A Teflon foo won’ sick hey should place o he plasic and on your machine when you ge ready o do ha sewing projec. You don’ wan o use a foo ha will sick o he maerial because if i does you will mess up your siches, ec.

Then for plasic sheeing, and his size can work for ablecloh vinyl, shower curains, ec, you need o use 70/10 needle. There are many needle chars on he inerne o guide you in selecing he righ needle.

If you do no have a Teflon foo, you can also use a roller foo. ha opion feeds vinyl hrough your machine well. As for he opional needle sizes, a leaher 90/14 is a suggesion, as is a universal 100/16.

Wire, indusrial or heavy are he wo bes opions o ry. Remember, you really can’ pin mos plasic maerials. You will need o use clips, paperclips, or some cuing mehod oher han pins.

Wih he righ ools, be able o sew anyhing.

How do you sew plasic?


The echniques may vary, and one echnique is beer for one form of plasic han anoher. The firs sep, however, is o se he pins aside and use clips or paperclips own. These ools have he power o hold he plasic in place as you sew.

They also make addiional holes ha affec he inegriy and srengh of he plasic fabric. Then you need a large work space because he plasic fabrics do no drape, fold or bend like normal fabrics.

While an indusrial and heavy duy Y-duy hread , make sure ha hey make hose hread opions of polyeser. Then increase your sich lengh o basing lengh or No. 4 for opsiching.

In addiion o a large work space, keep ha space nice and clear. Oher objecs can damage he plasic in differen ways if accidens happen. If your surface is meal, cover i wih a coon cloh. Plasic and vinyl will sick o meal and o feed your machine correcly, you need plasic and vinyl o move freely.

Also do no press on he plasic maerial. The hea will mel i or cause deformaions ha canno . If you ge a crease, you can dry i ou, leave he maerial in he sun, or pu some weigh on he maerial o remove he crease.

Hard opsiching Plasic

This will be a challenge ha may no . The hard plasic is very brile when i is cold, and he slighes impac can break in i or cause a crack. When he plasic is warm, i’s difficul o work wih.

When builders need o drill hrough plasic, I should place a piece of good ape over he inended borehole. o preven cracking and spliing. I is ha difficul o work wih hard plasic. This echnique does no always work.

Someimes you firs need o use a iny drill bi o make a microscopic hole, hen move o a larger drill bi o make he hole slighly larger, and so on, unil you have he hole of he righ size. You can’ do ha wih a sewing needle. Plus, wih every sroke of he hard plasic, you dull he embroidery. The needle will no las ha long and you will have o change i regularly.

Also, he needles may break and fly in differen direcions. This opion may no be somehing you wan o ry unless you absoluely have o. Use a long and hin needle and go slowly when aemping his ask.

Sewing plasic canvas


One opion is o use plasic canvas needles and coon yarn. The hread is hick and when you sewing hrough he grid, no one should see he plasic canvas under he siches.

Then you can use many sich paerns. There is he radiional backsich, or you can ry he coninenal sich paern. Or if you prefer, you can ry he reverse coninenal sich or a cross sich paern. Then here are he long siches, he running sich and he scoch sich paerns ha work jus as well.

When working wih plasic canvas, you don’ wan o hang loose hreads a he end. Tie he siches and rim he excess. Try o avoid a chunky kno when you have compleed a row.

If you wan a lile fringe on he canvas, you can use he lark’s kno or he overcas sich o creae he fringe. Afer ha, you can connec over one piece of plasic canvas wih a whip sich.

Bu before you do all his work, you sill need o decide which needle o use. A apesry needle and hen you have o decide wha ype of plasic canvas you wan o work wih. There are he 5, 7, 10 14 couning syles, and your projec should le you know which one is bes.

While you can use a variey of hreads, yarn or floss are he bes opions for his job.

Sewing plasic shees

This is jus one echnique you can use and he firs sep is o cusomize your work area free so ha here are no obsrucions and he plasic film can lie fla. Before laying down he foil, lay ou some issue paper firs. This is sep wo and pu a layer of your foil on ha issue paper.

Afer he shee, lay anoher layer of issue paper and hen anoher layer of plasic wrap. In sep hree, you need o space paperclips 20cm apar o hold all hese layers ogeher. The paper clips mus be coaed.

Now ha everyhing and he plasic wrap is ready o be sewn, change he needle in your machine o a 70/10 and se your sich lengh o a long lacing lengh. When hese wo seps are complee, you are ready o sew and can place he foil layers under he presser foo.

Sar sew slowly, holding he cover au wihou pulling i hrough he needle. When you remove he issue paper. i should jus ear away. Also keep he room a bi on he cool side so ha he plasic doesn’ sick ogeher.

Sewing plasic o fabric


Again, you mus sar wih he correc ool and needle you are using, should work easily on plasic. Tha is he maerial you should be mos concerned abou as mos needles will go hrough he fabric, even if i is he wrong one.

Choose a good, srong hread, depending on your projec, so ha he union does no ge vulnerable. A good easy ip if you don’ have anoher foo o use. You can apply masking ape over he boom of he foo, excep where he needle goes hrough.

The adhesive ape should help reduce sicky problems when he fabric passes hrough he needle. If you are sewing a zipper on he plasic, use a zipper foo wih adhesive ape on he boom as well. Sew normally as you would when adding a zipper.

Even when adding fabric or fabric embellishmens, once you , be able o sew as you would when sewing wo pieces of fabric ogeher.

If you are unsure of how o sew plasic and fabric ogeher, ry some good plasic and fabric glues ha have a powerful bond. o hold he wo maerials where you wan hem.

You don’ always have o use a needle and hread o make a grea sewing projec.

Wha size of needle for sewing plasic

The size depends on he ype of plasic you are working wih and how hick ha plasic maerial is. Some people say hey should use a leaher needle, ohers disagree and say you should use a nail needle.

Those who do no recommend he leaher needle say his opion leaves holes ha are oo large? If you are doing plasic sheeing, use a size 70/10 needle for bes resuls. Or you can use a 90/14 or 100/16 for oher plasic fabrics.

I is bes o find a very deailed needle char wih he exac measuremens for he differen plasic maerials you can work wih. This will ensure ha you are using he correc needle.

The ype of hread is also very imporan. No only should i pass hrough he eye of he needle wihou scraping or fraying, bu i also needs o be srong enough o hold he plasic ogeher.

A good polyeser Heavy-duy hread or hread of indusrial srengh is sufficien. Have a good and deailed hread char o make sure you have he righ choice in your machine.

Bes sewing machine needle for plasics


The 70/10 needle already menioned for lighweigh maerials. Plasic wrap is, mosly, quie ligh, so ha size is bes for ha maerial. You can also use he 70/10 for comparable lighweigh plasics.

Then we already menioned he 90/14 and he 100/16 because we make hose needle sizes for medium weigh maerials. Thicker plasic sheeing, some PVC maerials, some vinyl fabric fi ino ha caegory.

Because some plasics are quie difficul o work wih and can be very ricky for having a needle ha is consanly insered ino heir shape, he bes needles will be very sharp scorn.

Because you are going hrough difficul o sew maerial, he needles can ge dull quickly. A dull needle is no good for sewing wih plasic. You will need o keep sharp needles in he sewing machine a all imes.

In addiion, he needle eye mus be large enough o handle he hread size. you have used. If he eye of he needle is oo small, you will have hreading problems.

The bes needle is he one ha mees all he crieria associaed wih sewing wih plasic.

Can you sew plasic by hand?

I is possible and if you have a good himble, i will proec your fingers when going hrough maerials such as hick plasic or vinyl. Bu sewing plasic by hand can be ough on he fingers and he res of your hands.

The hinner plasics, such as plasic sheeing, are okay and you wouldn’ have oo difficul a ime geing he job done. The job may ake a lo more work, bu if you crop he layers as described above, be able o handle i wih lile o no hassle.

Make sure you have pleny of work space ha is free of obsrucions ha can damage he plasic while you work. Hand should avoid he hicker and harder plasic maerials. Tha’s jus oo much work and can ake oo long o complee he ask.

Bu if you’re deermined, he final decision is yours if you wan o. o ry his opion.

An Alernaive o Sewing Fabric o Plasic


Using your machine o sew plasic and fabric is always a good opion. I saves you ime, effor and energy, bu here is a faser way o do he same ask and uses a lile less effor bu a lile more energy.

Tha alernaive mehod is glue. There are some very good adhesives on he marke oday ha work perfecly when you are joining fabric and plasic. They should also work well when aaching plasic o plasic.

The op adhesives for hese jobs are E6000, Locie vinyl fabric and plasic adhesive, Misy heavy duy spray adhesive, 3M super 77 Muli-Purpose Permanen Spray Adhesive, Scoch super 77 Muli-Purpose Texile Adhesive.

Gluing is a grea alernaive, especially if you don’ have a machine o handle he heavy sewing.

Some final words

There will be imes when you have o work wih plasic. As long as you have he righ ools, everyhing should be fine and he job should go smoohly for you. Make sure your sewing machine can handle he fabric before you sar.

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