Faux Suede Sewing Tips

Ironing If required, use an iron with a light touch on a synthetic setting only.

Pinning Instead of pinning Faux Suede try using paper clips, bobby pins, binder clips, metal hair clips or Clover Wonder Clips to hold fabric pieces together for sewing.

Fraying To help prevent fraying we suggest using a product like Fray-Check or you can finish seams by overcasting, serging or making a flat-fell seam.

Sewing Needle A universal needle that is size 90/14 or 100/16 with a new sharp point will work best for Faux Suede. If you are sewing several layers you may have more success with 100/16.

Thread We suggest using 100% polyester spun thread for best results. A cotton-wrapped polyester thread should work well too.

Sewing Machine Foot While a standard foot should be just fine, if you find that the fabric is not gliding under the foot while sewing you can use a piece of wax paper or tissue paper between the foot and the fabric; then, simply tear the paper away after sewing.

Stitching Using a standard straight stitch should work well for Faux Suede.  Though, when topstitching it is recommended that you increase your stitch length.  If you find that seams are bunching or puckering it may be helpful to use a zig-zag stitch or a double needle.

Testing Always take care to test your machine settings on a scrap of suede before starting your project.

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