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Can I sew lightweight rubber with my (old) Bernina 930?
client has artwork that needs to be pieced together
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Date: 12/3/13 5:53 AM

My client is an artist. Previously I sewed 2 giant pieces of that woven blanket weave type fabric together to create his wall hanging. It had a seam down the middle that I pressed open.

This project is a lightweight rubber, maybe ⅛" thick.
When I bought my Bernina 930 in 1984 the guy demonstrated it sewing naugahyde. I figure maybe a teflon foot would be good. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Also he thinks he wants me to seam it the same as the blanket fabric. I don't think that rubber will press open will it?
The blanket design had a person's torso woven into it, with overlap on each side so I could match it perfectly. I'm thinking this one will be similar.

I do have plenty of scraps to work with.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Date: 12/3/13 9:09 AM

I can use regular needles on a old mechanical for items like fake leather/vinyl for doll shoes, so thin rubber should be fine, might shift.
Show him the various joining stitches like elastic or fagoting for joining with less bulk by butting edges. Maybe extra interest using colored thread or butt edges with a thin line of an underneath color showing?
I also like the curved zigzag stitch, called double action on my machine, which gives you the rolling-hills effect.

Any photos? I'm wanting to try mixed media/fabric art wall hangings found in the Somerset magazines.

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Date: 12/3/13 10:57 AM

I would use a Teflon foot (no marring) and Titanium coated sewing machine needles as they are stronger and stay cooler than the regular needle.


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Date: 12/3/13 1:07 PM

Maybe you need to go to an adult emporium to do some snoop shopping for sewing with latex and rubber...

I'd be concerned more about technique than the machine's ability to handle the material. Though I suppose it wouldn't be much different than sewing with crib liners or diaper covers. There are many diapering resources you can access online.

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Date: 12/3/13 1:45 PM

I'd use a roller foot.

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Date: 12/3/13 2:11 PM

Soolip is correct. You want the #201 or the #51 which will fit the old 930 machines. incredible foot!!! I sewed neoprene(rubber) with it..and it was perfect.

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Date: 12/3/13 3:20 PM

Wow it's been so long since I bought a new foot for this baby. I just went through all my feet and I don't have that one. Any thoughts on where to purchase?
And, I've never heard of the Titanium coated sewing machine needles. Where would I find those?

I often feel like such a novice when I come here to ask a question. Folks have such a wealth of knowledge. 40 years and still learning! Thanks.

Oh, and how about a sewing field trip to that emporium
I will try to dig up a photo of the previous wall hanging. I have only scraps of this fabric/rubber, but when I test the stitching I will post.

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Date: 12/3/13 3:37 PM

You should be able to get the #51 OLD STYLE foot from any bernina dealer. Make sure you specify it is for your 930. Ebay might have one but that is a hunt and peck proposition.

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Date: 12/3/13 4:10 PM

You can try. Longest stitch length possible maybe. Since it's rubber though, I think it's going to be sort of like trying to be attempting to sew on, iron on girl scout or boy scout patches onto some scout badge/sash though, that someone has already taken a jar of rubber cement and tried to rubber cement them (and very thickly) down onto there first. But even worse, as even that has real fabric on top and on the bottom and only the real rubber, more in-between. So maybe not fun.

I think maybe the rubber is going try to stick to your needle and even raise up your rubber with each needle upwards movement. Plus any needle hole it it, that gets made, may even try to close up on it's self before your stitch even gets fully formed and that needle is able to rise all the way out of there. If the thread was really able to be fully protected in the groove of a needle, and not tugged on by the rubber as the needle was moving through it at all, it would probably be better. Probably just have to try it careful, and see what happens with whatever you got. Some talcum powder on top of the rubber or maybe some clear wash away stabilizer you removed with a damp qtip after the fact, might do something good? Good Luck!

If you mean it's just a loose sheet of all real sticky rubber and even maybe red color like a make your own stamp pad kind of rubber sheet, maybe you could even send it through the machine all by it's self with no thread at all, to make and mark some holes in it. I think they will close up, but if you keep putting black felt tip sharpie on your needle it might mark them better. Then go back in with a big hand needle or an awl or something and even add in the thread like that later?
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Date: 12/3/13 8:17 PM

Ok, so I have given eBay a quick check. They do have a roller foot, but it comes with an adapter for the old style 930. It looks like the adapter converts it from a low shank to a high shank foot.
Is this ok?? Is there a down side to buying this foot, not produced by Bernina?

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