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Date: 5/17/13 1:15 PM

I bought some fabulous retro-patterned oilcloth to make place mats, but when I sew two layers together I always end up with bubbles in the finished place mat. I've already scoured the internet for advice and tried some different techniques - using tissue paper on top of the oilcloth, using paper clips in lieu of pins to prevent putting holes in the fabric, using pins, putting small dabs of glue at the corners. My machine has a walking foot, which I thought would be especially helpful with this project, but it doesn't seem to be doing much.

Does anyone have any other tips? Thanks!
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Date: 5/18/13 1:22 AM

When I first started with oilcloth, I googled how to sew on laminated fabric and some great tutorials came up.
Some of the tips were the clips instead of pins, slower speed, and using thin paper between the fabric and foot. Also suggested painter's tape on the bottom of the foot, which I did try, worked O.K.
If you plan of sewing on oilcloth or leather very often, a teflon coated foot works great!

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Date: 5/18/13 7:13 AM

Yes, I agree. I would try either a roller foot or teflon foot.

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Date: 5/19/13 12:49 PM

Thanks for your replies! I tried the painter's tape method, and it worked pretty well. I love how the oilcloth looks, and went ahead and bought a teflon foot to have for future projects.
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In reply to meldensey

Date: 6/1/13 8:05 PM

I use a roller foot and lengthen my stitch length.
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Date: 6/3/13 3:21 PM

We recently bought a new patio table with a glass top, and my husband has requested that I sew a cover for it to keep it clean. Essentially a tablecloth, except we'd take it off before setting the table. Would oilcloth be a good choice?

Also, the table has that small hole in the middle to accommodate the umbrella, so the cloth would have to become a cape to drape around the hole/umbrella stand. If I use sew-in velcro to keep it together, I'd end up with small holes. The adhesive velcro might not be strong enough or would it be?

What have other folks done? I'd love some feedback.

Thank you.

Claudia
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