Want to make your Car Buddies look more realistic? Use clear vinyl!
There is an applique color added after the windows stitch. Place your vinyl over the window areas and stitch, just like a regular applique.
Tips for Working With Clear Vinyl
Clear vinyl comes in gauges: 8, 12, 16, 20. The higher the number, the thicker the vinyl. A lighter weight works fine for less dense designs but for satin stitched edges or pockets, like the Needle Keeper, a heavier weight will hold up better.
For Luggage Tags or
Swatch Pockets (an ingenous project), medium-weight vinyl may work fine. Test sews will help determine if the weight you are using is substantial enough.
To flatten out any wrinkles, you can use a hair dryer. To iron, sandwich the vinyl between two pieces of cotton fabric and press on medium heat. Be sure to let it cool completely before using. When you are done, roll it into a tube to store.
Stitching Speed and Needle
Use the smallest needle possible. Standard machine embroidery needles, sizes 75/11 or 80/12 seem to work well. It is also a good idea to slow down your machine stitching speed just a bit.
Securing Vinyl in the Hoop
Don’t use spray adhesive on clear vinyl. It will just make a mess. To hold it in place, use tape or SewTites magnets outside the stitching area rather than pins.
Pins will create permanent holes. You could pin outside the stitching area if necessary, since vinyl with holes will be trimmed away.
What tips do you have for embroidering on clear vinyl?
Sew Inspired by Bonnie