Coated fabrics with Renegade Plastics for example and oilcloths do not fray, so they do not necessarily require hemming; in this case, they will only have an aesthetic use. Waxed canvas and coated cotton are often sticky and will “snag” your machine’s presser foot. To remedy this, you can use a Teflon crowbar, stick adhesive tape under the classic crowbar or even place a sheet of tissue paper between the machine and the fabric.
Tumble drying is strictly not recommended. If it is very humid, prefer drying in the open air flat. Avoid exposure to the sun if your canvas is not UV treated.
Always iron your plaster or oilcloth at a low temperature on the back of the fabric. You can use a wet patch to prevent any unpleasant surprises. Be careful to avoid hems when ironing. Occasional ironing is beneficial because it reactivates the properties of the anti-stain treatment and restores more sharpness to your fabric. Coated fabrics and oilcloths are easy to mark and cut since they do not slip or fray.
To fix your fabric bought from fabric manufacturer that brings you a coated fabric with a lower carbon footprint for example, do not use pins because these perforate the fabrics and coatings, and the holes do not disappear. So, use weights, masking tape, or miracle pliers to secure the fabric during cutting and assembly. For tracing your models, use an erasable marker on the back of the fabric because it is possible that the chalk does not mark sufficiently on certain coatings. For the thickest coatings and oilcloths, we recommend that you cut only one layer at a time with basic scissors because the coating can affect the efficiency of the blades of your sewing scissors.
Machine needles: these fabrics require jeans or leather-type needles to penetrate the coating layer properly.
The most suitable thread for this type of material is a polyester thread which will help maintain the material’s flexibility. If your work is intended for the outdoors, opt for Onyx thread which has good UV resistance and does not lose color.
Make stitches long enough not to damage your fabric (3.5mm).
Ammonia water is effective on stains of:
- Good to know
- mold stains can be removed by pouring milk on them for a few minutes
- soda stains can be removed with a wet abrasive sponge
- chocolate cleans with a damp brush
- the egg is removed by rubbing it with salt
- turmeric stains disappear when dried in the sun
- spinach stains are cleaned by rubbing with the flesh of a raw potato
- bleach stains do not clean
- the traces of marker are dislodged by spraying the stain with hair lacquer which is left to impregnate with cleaning with a cloth
- carrot and blood stains can be treated with hydrogen peroxide