We've created limited edition Boulder Duffle kits in luxe gold and silver metallic fabric. And while we are all in agreement that the bags are fabulous (who doesn't want bling-y bag?), we are also in agreement that sewing fabrics that have a coating on them such as faux leather, oilcloth, and laminated fabrics can be tricky. Sometimes the fabric doesn't move through the sewing machine well because the fabric is sticky so the stitch lengths are uneven and skipped. Most times, they are almost impossible to press without melting or crinkling the surface. And if you make a mistake and need to remove stitches, holes appear, so you want to try to get it right the first time. Because we want you to have your kit and make it too, we've pulled some of our fabric sewing tricks from our Sewing Faux Fashion Leather Sew Confident! tutorial to help you create your own metallic Boulder Duffle.
Needles & Thread
Use good quality polyester thread such as Mettler Metrosene, cross wound on the spool. The most common problem when sewing is skipped stitches. Have a variety of needles on hand so you can test your stitching before starting your project. Universal, denim, leather and topstitching needles in various sizes are your best choices. If things don't behave for you, try changing the needle type and size and even the brand of thread. And don't start the project until you have perfected the stitch!
Whenever the coated surface is next to the throat plate of your machine, use a layer of paper under your work as you sew. It peels off easily after stitching. Medical exam paper or the extra tissue from your patterns are good choices.
To help keep the fabric moving along smoothly for even stitch lengths, try these specialty presser feet for better results.
Most coated fabrics can't be pressed with an iron on the right side of the fabric. Some have a fabric backing which might be able to be lightly pressed, but it's doubtful that you will ever be able to get a good crease, so topstitching regular seams or using the overlapping seam technique are your best solutions for keeping seams flat.
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We paired our Boulder Duffle Bag pattern with an embossed coated fabric in gold, black or silver. The duffle is a roomy 20" wide, 11" high and 8" deep. It's big enough to take for a weekend away, or to carry your workout wear plus a change of clothes to the gym. Inside the bag you will find a zippered pocket, so you can always find your keys.
Thanks for this very useful tutorial. Another good choice for paper underlay is clear (uncolored) cellophane paper which you can purchase at craft and party stores. I actually use it both under and on top of the coated pieces I am sewing together. On top works well because you can clearly see through it. Also, its useful if you do not have a teflon foot.