Sewing Marine Vinyl is actually pretty easy. The biggest difference between sewing Marine Vinyl and other fabrics is the thickness. If the fabric is too thick you will need an industrial sewing machine. Our Marine Vinyl Fabric can be used with most regular sewing machines. Here are 3 helpful tips we use to help make sewing marine vinyl easier.
Tip #1: There is no right or wrong needle as many people have different preferences. When we asked some marine experts they recommended the following needle sizes.... #16, #17, #18, #21, #22. We would also recommend you use a longer stitch as dense holes may provide a rip line much like a stamp perforation.
Tip #2: Place scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot to allow the foot to smooth easily over the marine vinyl without catching.
Tip #3: Never use pins. Use double-sided craft tape to hold your material in place when you sew. If you use pins it will leave holes in your marine vinyl fabric. You can also sandwich your marine vinyl fabric between two pieces of tissue paper to make the fabric glide through the sewing machine easier.
Bonus Tip #4: If you plan on using your marine vinyl outdoors in the sun please make sure you use an outdoor UV treated thread. We recommend using a a V-69 or V-92 bonded UV polyester thread.