How to Sew Vinyl/Faux Leather with Minimal Crying
Faux leather, vinyl, and pvc (and faux fur) are some of my favorite materials to work with, but even with the right machine foot and needles you can still end up with, uh, this, when you try to top-stitch.
Nope, we don’t want that. Using just a basic machine, (I use a Brother LS-2125) an all-purpose needle, all-purpose thread, and an all-purpose foot, as well as a secret ingredient, nice clean stitches are possible! This is a quick tutorial for beginners without any fancy equipment.
Start by sewing your fabric right side to right side. (I’ve lined my material, but you can use this method for leather-to-leather as well) You’ll want to use a low tension, so the thread itself doesn’t stretch the fabric.
Always test a bit of scrap material before you start stitching, because each machine is a little different!
Also use the widest stitch setting your machine has. This prevents excess perforation; the more perforated your faux leather or vinyl, the more likely it is to tear!
Turn your fabric inside out, and get ready to top-stitch! These kinds of materials are very difficult to iron, so you’ll have to use your fingers to smooth the edges as you’re sewing, rather than iron them. Ready for the secret ingredient?
A touch of Vaseline! With your finger, just touch the surface of your vaseline or petroleum jelly, then rub it down the edge of your material where the machine foot will pass over it. You don’t need much, so don’t make a mess!That’s right, lube that sh*t up
Petroleum jelly is perfectly safe for vinyl and faux-leather, and I’ve found that it sort of disappears and doesn’t need to be wiped off, although you can use a damp sponge to remove any excess if you’d like.
Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t touch other fabrics, which will absorb the vaseline, and you will need to clean your machine foot in the sink with a bit of dish-soap before you move on to another non-leather project.
Other than that, congratulations! Your stitches (and you) are beautiful!
There are lots of other methods for working with faux-leather out there, as well as products specifically made for lubricating your machine foot to use over vinyl and pvc, but this has worked perfectly for me (in fact I didn’t cry at all this time!) and I hope it’ll help you make your leather dreams come true too!
Feel free to add any other tips or information!
We’ve got a multi-billion dollar industry doing their best to remind us daily that we need what they’re selling, so don’t act all befuddled about where we got the idea that we looked better this way. Plus, it’s not like men don’t still expect us to look beautiful. They just don’t want us cheating with cosmetics. Hope your face is naturally flawless!
And while we’re talking, don’t you ladies know how annoying it is that you’re all hung up on your weight? Sure, we expect you to have a great body. But don’t be one of those lame girls who orders salads on a date. We like to see you eat!
Most of the time, when men say they prefer “natural beauty,” they don’t mean that they’re ready for us to start leaving the house the way we roll out of bed in the morning. They mean that they want us to look perfect without appearing to try.
Basically, it’s a trap. —
- it’s bullshit disingenuous rejection of responsibility for patriarchal beauty standards
- it hides yet another performance standard: never let us SEE what we are doing to you
- it shows contempt for effort. people are not supposed to try at anything, you’re supposed to be a gifted special snowflake
- and admitting that femininity is effort means fundamentally undercutting the idea that women are flighty and trivial and weak
- and it makes - OF COURSE - the whole thing about dude’s boners, and not the way there are social and financial consequences for not being a little made-up
- and it is so hostile to the idea of self-expression? someone who wears bright red lipstick does not think that people will actually assume their lips REALLY ARE bright red, any more than we assume a dude who shaves his face is naturally hairless, or think that a person wearing a blue shirt actually has blue arms. sometimes we make aesthetic choices to communicate with the world.
- which in and of itself depends on women as fundamentally underhanded. of course even the way we present ourselves is a bald-faced lie
basically it is a Gross Things About The Patriarchy 101 midterm all rolled up into one passive-aggressive bid for a pat on the back over some Nice Guy’s “enlightenment”
Sometimes I think to myself, “do I really want to buy another chocolate bar?”
And then I remember that there is a super volcano under Yellowstone that is 40,000 years overdue and when it erupts it could potentially cover most if north America in ash and create a volcanic winter that kills half the worlds population
And I’m like, fuck yeah I want that chocolate bar
Do not shame people’s bodies if:
- It’s bigger than yours
- It’s smaller than yours
- Some parts are bigger and some parts are smaller
- You think it should be covered up because you find it indecent
- You think it should be covered up because you find it irresistible
- You think it should be covered up because you’re not attracted to them
- They don’t conform to your white, western beauty standards
- You deem them to be “unhealthy.”
- You don’t understand their gender
- Or if you understand their gender but don’t agree with it
Do shame people’s bodies if:
- There is literally no reason to
I don’t get why some white feminists are so obsessed with scrutinizing whether Beyonce is feminist or not (she is btw), when most of you don’t extend that same scrutiny to white celebs.
I’m not here for the bullshit. The reason why ya’ll can’t see Beyonce’s relevance to feminism is b/c ya’ll don’t understand the lives of black women, nor do ya’ll care. Ya’ll are just content to dismiss most of us.
Ya’ll dismiss Beyonce’s discussion about consent in “Yes” and “Check on It”. Ya’ll ignore “Diva”, “Ego”, “Survivor”, “Girl”, “Run The World”, “Bug A Boo”, “Independent Women”, “Irreplaceable”, “Grown Woman”, “Bootylicious”, “Me, Myself, and I”, “Kitty Kat”, “Upgrade U”, etc.
Ya’ll dismiss her all-woman band.
Ya’ll dismiss the fact that Beyonce and her mother opened a cosmetology school for battered women and women recovering from drug addictions.
Ya’ll criticize her for naming her current tour “The Mrs. Carter Tour”, but ignore the fact that historically black women have been denied motherhood and wife-status b/c of the negative social constructs surrounding black womanhood. People are content to view us as mammies or hypersexualized, but when we embrace married status, we’re harming women? Miss me with that bullshit.
Ya’ll ignore how Beyonce and Jay-Z changing both their last names to “Knowles-Carter” challenges patriarchy.
Ya’ll critiqued “Bow Down/I Been On” b/c she says “bitch” and “trick”. Beyonce’s use of those terms is not problematic b/c she’s allowed reclaim terms used to harm/oppress her in any context she chooses.
Bey is not a perfect feminist (none of us are) but she has more feminism in one lock of her weave than some of the white celebs ya’ll worship (Steinem = trans*misogynist, Tina Fey = slut shamer, Lena Dunham = racist, etc.).