Topstitch faux leather can quickly become an ordeal. Some faux leather are no problem, but others can be very stubborn, preventing your presser foot to slide properly and creating ugly stitching (see photo at the end of the post).
Teflon, roller or walking feet are often a great help in this case, but what if you do not have one on hand?
Here’s an easy trick to toptstitch a stubborn faux leather. The best thing is, the trick uses something you already have in your kitchen: wax paper or parchment paper. Yes, the one you buy in rolls at the supermarket and use to bake pies and cakes !
Topstitching faux leather with a regular presser foot tutorial
Cut 2.5 cm (1″) wide strips of wax paper or parchment paper. Strips must be at least as wide as your presser foot + seam allowance.
The length of the strip should ideally be that of the stitchline you’ll have to sew but putting several shorter strips end to end will work perfectly and will sometimes be more convenient.
And if the edge I have to topstitch is rounded?
If the edge is rounded you can’t use straight strips of parchment paper because they can not follow the curve while remaining flat. So, in this case, trace the curve on parchment paper and cut a strip that follows this curve. This way the parchment paper will fit perfectly to the contour of the faux leather.
Place a strip of wax paper on the faux leather, lining its side to the edge you need to topstitch. This way you can still use the edge of the faux leather as a guide for topstitching.
Needle : denim needle size 90 or 100
Stitch length : 3.5 to 4.5 mm depending on the number of layers and thickness.
All these settings will of course need to be tested on a scrap of faux leather, using the same number of layers!
Topstitch using the needed seam allowance : it ‘s easy use the right seam allowance because the edge of the paper is aligned with the edge you need to topstitch.
Tear away !
Remove the parchment paper by pulling it at the base.
Small bits of paper can remain stuck below the stitches, do not panic, you can easily remove them with your fingers. Much more easily than tissue paper, which often requires tweezers to be removed.
This is what happens if trying to topstitch the same faux leather without parchment paper
A nightmare !
Voilà ! Piece of cake, non ?
(Ahah… baking paper… cake… Sorry^^)