Embroider on vinyl? Yes, you can when you use these tips!
Here are some of Jess’ tips for achieving successful embroidery on vinyl:
Cut vinyl larger than what you need.
When embroidering bags, there is not much room for error. By embroidering on a larger piece of vinyl, you can trim it down to the pattern size and it will be perfect in the end.
Choose a slightly larger hoop.
Normally, we use the smallest hoop that we can for the design. When embroidering on vinyl, a slightly larger hoop provides extra space to maneuver and allows plenty of room to secure your extra vinyl outside of the stitching area.
Float vinyl in the hoop.
Don't hoop vinyl, which could stretch and damage it. Instead, hoop two layers of 2.5 ounce cut-away stabilizer and float the vinyl in the hoop.
Clip extra vinyl.
To keep excess vinyl out of the stitching field, roll up the sides and use Wonder Clips to secure the vinyl to stabilizer edges. Make sure the vinyl is laying flat against the stablilzer.
Use the proper heat transfer vinyl for applique.
Bonnie’s GlitterFlex heat transfer vinyl is not a thick, sticky vinyl. It is more of a fabric-type vinyl. Jess recommends using it with bags just because the sticky vinyl can be hard for your machine to stitch.
Use a small iron
Use a pressing sheet.
Protect vinyl by using a pressing sheet or a scrap of cotton fabric when fusing GlitterFlex. Do not let the iron touch the vinyl.
Don't press too long.
Thank you for the great tutorial, Jess! See the full video here.