If you liked Bonnie’s Hoop ‘n Sew Twitter Pages in cork, just wait until you see it in Marine vinyl (not to be confused with the thinner GlitterFlex heat transfer vinyl)! Each type of vinyl has its place and purpose.
Vinyl is a bit thicker than cork and gives more of a “poofy” appearance when stitched.
Use a Smooth Sewing Surface
Often, vinyl sticks on the stitching plate and causes problems, like looping and nesting on the back. Jess tapes a piece of cutaway interfacing down over the metal parts of her machine, covering the plate. She also cuts a little hole on the inside so her needle can easily go through while stitching.
To eliminate problems from a sticky needle, Jess likes to use Schmetz Super NonStick needles.
Cover the Seam
If the zig zag seam bothers you, cut a piece of heat transfer vinyl about eight inches long and a half-inch wide to cover the zig zag stitching.
Add a Spine
Another way to hide the zigzag stitching that joins the front and back covers is to add a spine to the inside of the cover.
When you get to the point where you have zig zagged the front and back covers together and are about to add the spine, cut another piece of spine material and tape it in place on the BACK of the hoop. That way, you will have a spine cover on the inside and on the outside.
Use Magnetic Snaps
Jess used magnetic snaps from KamSnaps.com. You can use their plastic snaps as well, so long as they have the longer prongs. That compensates for the extra thickness of the cork and vinyl.
You can get Jess’ video here.
Sew Inspired by Bonnie