CAN I SEW ON PLASTIC? GREAT SUMMER SEWING PROJECTS: BEACH BAGS AND MORE

This JELLY BAG  is made by trapping bits of tissue paper & yarn scraps between 2 sheets of table cloth clear vinyl. Then pressing it WITH  Teflon pressing sheet (IMPORTANT or the plastic will melt & stick to your iron!). Then the little bag was constructed from this vinyl using the JANOME ULTRA GLIDE FOOT to make an envelope style baggie with popper as the closure. Great for all sorts of bits & pieces from sewing notions, to pencils to cosmetics to meds to whatever!

This JELLY BAG is made by trapping bits of tissue paper & yarn scraps between 2 sheets of clear table cloth vinyl. Then pressing it WITH Teflon pressing sheet (IMPORTANT or the plastic will melt & stick to your iron!). Then the little bag was constructed from this vinyl sandwich using the JANOME ULTRA GLIDE FOOT to make an envelope style baggie with popper as the closure. Great for all sorts of bits & pieces from sewing notions, to pencils to cosmetics to meds to whatever!

YES you can! provided you have the right tools, of course. If you perhaps tried to sew on/with plastic like table cloth vinyl, pleather, rubberized fabrics, rainwear fabrics like Gortex, etc you probably found that the results were a bit iffy as the metal presser foot “sticks” to the plastic and your stitches distort or pile up & make a jam up. Happen to you?? You are not alone. BUT the problem can be fixed if you purchase the correct tool which just happens to be called the JANOME ULTRA GLIDE FOOT. This foot is a Teflon foot which literally glides over the plastic with no problems at all.

This foot is available for 7mm and 9mm machines as well as together with the NEW ultra glide needle plate for Easy set bobbin machine models.  Part #’s are as follows:

  1. For 7mm machines with top loading bobbin: Part # 200329004   ultra%20glide2. For Front loading bobbin machines: Part # 200141000

3. For 9mm machines: Part #2020910009mm ultra glide

4. Ultra glide needle plate & foot set for ALL 9mm machines: Part# 202201005 – please refer to the recent blog post on 9th May on this particular NEW foot & accessory ultra glide np

5. There is also an Ultra glide foot for the JANOME 1600P straight stitch machine. Part#:767404028 1600P ultra glide I have used these feet on a number of occasions to make a variety of projects where I used plastic of one sort or another: beach tote bags, pencil cases for kids, vinyl place mats, luggage tags with a clear vinyl window for the address label, etc.

Here are some more pics:

A slightly bigger version of the little envelope baggie above - this one has handles as well as a popper and the layers of plastic were stitched together with a few random lines of straight stitch

A slightly bigger version of the little envelope baggie above – this one has handles as well as a popper and the layers of plastic were stitched together with a few random lines of straight stitch

And a larger shopping tote bag or beach bag - same technique

And a larger shopping tote bag or beach bag – same technique

 

More of less the same technique where fussy cut fish from a quilting cotton were sandwiched & pressed between 2 layers of table cloth plastic. And a mesh base was added to the bag for collecting sandy sea shells or holding a wet beach towel.

More or less the same technique where fussy cut fish from a quilting cotton were sandwiched & pressed between 2 layers of table cloth plastic. And a mesh base was added to the bag for collecting sandy sea shells or holding a wet beach towel.

BAGS? PLACEMATS? WHAT ELSE CAN YOU THINK OF? ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FUN WITH YOUR ULTRA GLIDE ACCESSORIES??? WHAT ABOUT CREATING A ONE-OF-A-KIND BEACH TOTE BAG FOR THE LAZY, HOT SUMMER DAYS AT THE BEACH OR LAKE??? ANYONE FANCY A DIP IN THE LAKE OR SOAKING UP THE SUN WITH A TALL COOL DRINK IN HAND? …….WELL GET BUSY AS YOU’LL NEED A TOTE BAG LIKE OURS PICTURED HERE TO GET ALL YOUR SUMMER GOODIES TO THE PERFECT SPOT ON THE BEACH OR LAKESHORE…………………WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Yet another bag using the same technique but this time chopped up pieces of gold lame fabric and organza was sandwiched between the 2 layers to make a "flashy" tote bag. Straps were strips of gold lame fabric reinforced with cutaway stabilizer.

Yet another bag using the same technique but this time chopped up pieces of gold lame fabric and yellow organza was sandwiched between the 2 layers to make a “flashy” tote bag. Straps were strips of gold lame fabric reinforced with cutaway stabilizer.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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6 Responses to CAN I SEW ON PLASTIC? GREAT SUMMER SEWING PROJECTS: BEACH BAGS AND MORE

  1. Karl says:

    Hi
    I have a sewing related question I’m hoping that you as a sewing legend can answer. Rescuers, medics, police, military, virtually all uniformed personell use MOLLE attached equipment. The MOLLE is basically a system where you braid pockets and equipment panels onto horisontal nylon bands on your belt/vest/leg or wherever. Now there are two width of braiding band included under that name, but we won’t get into that.

    There are, however, two ways of attaching the braid-in nylon ribbons.
    The BAD way, used by many aftermarket sellers, uses a push button to fix the end of each nylon band braided into your vest (or other panel).
    The GOOD way uses three nylon bands. One comes from the top, braids in and ends with a Velcro-covered part. To fix it to your MOLLE webbing, you now gently move the second Velcro covered nylon band onto the first, fixing it in place, The second band is short. At the end of the second band there is a third band used to un-stick the Velcro. This third nylon band has a sheet of soft plastic sown onto it to prevent accidental removal.

    What plastic is this?
    At about 1 mm thick (0.04 in) it’s fairly rigid, but soft enough to sow through. Doesn’t freeze and shatter at the -40 Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit) that mountain rescuers work in.

    I’m working on a new rescue harness and this plastic is vital to my efforts.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Karl,

      We are a Sewing machine company specializing in sewing machines and related accessories. We are sorry but we are unable to assist you with identifying this kind of specialty plastic. We have no knowledge of this.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. gayle rush says:

    HI Just found your site and i love it. I need advice. i once read that denim needles work better on leather and vice versa. i need to sew thru some (french??) seam on leather chaps for motorcycle riding and have heavy duty thread ordered, but i cannot find advice on sewing thru thick seams of leather. Can you advise me? Also i have a Memory Craft 9000. Is that a good sewing machine or not so much? I am Gayle Rush and I live in Wheatland, Wyoming. I grew up in Tucson. my contact address is siennasierra8811@gmil.com. thanks for any help. Nice to meet you and your site.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Gayle,

      We have not heard what you report about denim needles for leather. We would recommend leather needles for sewing leather.
      Gayle, the Janome MC9000 is a great machine (it was a top of the line in its day) but it is now an older model with somewhat outdated technology. If it is still sewing well, there is no issue but you might like to think about upgrading your machine at some point going forward?

      I would recommend you check out the Schmetz website for more educational information about needles. Theyoffer very good information.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. cjancola says:

    My ultra glide foot is on its way! Can you point those non-creatives (me) towards a tutorial on this process?

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