Have you tried sewing with laminated fabrics? These fabrics are perfect for projects that may get wet or need to be water-repellent. The fabric is 100% Cotton with a soft protective finish laminated to the face of the fabric making clean up easy. It’s perfect for raincoats, totes, tablecloths and placemats.
Today’s patterns are fresh and sophisticated–not your Grandmother’s tablecloth. Designers like Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner and Heather Bailey have added laminated fabrics to their collections for Westminster Fibers and FreeSpirit.
There are some things that it will help you to know before you sew on laminated fabric.
Tips for sewing on laminated fabric
- Use All-purpose thread. Dual Duty XP or Coats Cotton All-purpose
- Use Size 12 or 14, sharp needles. A smaller needle makes a smaller puncture hole.
- Presser Foot: A Teflon coated 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.
- Use a longer stitch length (3mm or more) for seaming and topstitching. Shorter stitch lengths can have the affect of perforating the fabric.
- It isn’t necessary to straighten the grain on a laminated fabric, it will not shift due to the coating.
- 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.
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About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.