how to sew pleather without a teflon foot


Sewing on pleather or faux leather can be quite tricky when using a home sewing machine. When I first started working with pleather, I ┬áhad issues like skipped stitches and the material not feeding through the machine properly due to friction. Frustrated, I Googled the heck out of my computer for solutions and tried all sorts of funny ideas to make it work. The most common advice was changing to a teflon foot. Well, I didn’t . . . simply because I had to go out and hunt for one. No thanks. Next, please! I then took another advice and started sewing the pleather with a tissue paper on it. Terrible, terrible idea. Sure, it fed through my machine like a charm but I had to manually tweeze the annoying bits of tissue sticking out from each seam after tearing out the tissue paper from the pleather. TOO MUCH WORK. I didn’t even dare to attempt the “powder” advice – sounds messy. So, I did a little experimenting on my own and discovered that masking tape does have special magic powers. ;-)

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  1. what a beautiful color that is! And the faibrc looks substantial, too. Love it. Love it. Love it. Leave it long…it’s so much more elegant. Any shorter would cheapen it. Glad you’re enjoying your sewing. I put my machine away for many, many years and am just now creating away again….AND…my husband just bought me a new machine I’m addicted to.Keep creating away!xoxNancy

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