Hints on sewing speciai fabrics, Leather-look vinyl, Ciré (wet-look taffeta and tricot) – SINGER 413 User Manual
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hints on sewing speciai fabrics
• Use masking tape or zipper adhesive
tape instead of pins or basting to hold
seams, zippers and hems in place for
Stitch with a long stitch (8 to 10
straight stitches per inch). A short
stitch may cut the fabric.
• Sew with a steady, even pace and
stitch accurately. Seams cannot be
ripped out without leaving needle
marks in the fabric.
• The shiny side of some vinyls tends to
stick to metal surfaces. Use a strip of
tissue paper between the fabric and
metal machine surfaces to prevent this.
Other remedies include dusting fabric
with talcum powder or wiping surface
with a damp sponge.
• Reinforce button and buttonhole areas
are the best choice for vinyls with knit
• Top stitching holds seams and garment
edges smooth and flat and adds a
• For sharp points on collars and lapels,
take one or two stitches diagonally
across the point to allow enough space
to smoothly enclose the seam edge.
Across the Point
CIRÉ (Wet-Look Taffeta and Tricot)
• Do not use pins in any area of the garment that will be visible when
• Use masking tape or zipper adhesive tape instead of pins or basting
to hold seams, zippers, and hems in place for stitching.
• Stitch accurately; seams cannot be ripped out because needle marks
remain in the fabric.
• Sew seams under light tension by holding fabric slightly taut at front
and back of needle.
• Stitch ciré taffeta with a fairly long stitch (8-10 straight stitches per
inch) and use an enclosed edge finish for seams and hems.
• Stitch ciré knits with a medium-length stitch (12 straight stitches per
inch) and use a fine bail-point needle.
Machine-worked buttonholes (as well as bound buttonholes) can be
made in ciré fabric. Always use an interfacing and make sure the close
zig-zag stitches do not cut the fabric.