by Jennifer Paganelli
How do I sew using the laminated fabric?
Use an All-purpose thread such as Coats & Clark Dual Duty or Coats Cotton All-purpose Needles: Size 80/12 or 90/14, sharp, like a Schmetz Microtex Sharp needle. A smaller needle makes a smaller puncture hole.
Presser Foot: A Teflon presser foot or Teflon glide plates that adhere to the bottom of your utility presser foot will prevent the presser foot sticking when sewing on the laminated side. This is especially helpful when topstitching. A roller presser foot may also be used.
Tips: Use a longer stitch length (3mm or more) for seaming and topstitching. Shorter stitch lengths can have the affect of perforating the fabric.
Select a pattern with simple lines and seaming. Avoid eased, gathered or intricate shaping because the fabric does not give. It isn't necessary to straighten the grain on a laminated fabric, it will not shift due to the coating.
Cut in a single layer with the right side up. For pieces cut on the fold, fold wrong sides together.
Mark with chalk or smooth-edged tracing wheel. Holes may remain in fabric, so place pins in seam allowances and avoid having to rip seams. If making a garment, be sure of fit and make alterations to pattern before cutting out.
Do not touch an iron to the right side. Use a warm iron on the wrong side. Welt, flat-fell or topstitched seams will lie flatter than a plain seam, since seams cannot be pressed open.