How to Embroider on Vinyl


Vinyl fabric is usually made of PVC -- like plumbing pipes -- that is adhered to a knit fabric. This makes vinyl flexible and slightly stretchy. There are many types of vinyl fabrics; some are shiny, some are molded to look like leather and some are thin. The thicker vinyls are better for embroidery and it is a good idea to select a design that has a lot of open space to retain the fabric's stability. Adding embroidery to the vinyl takes a few minutes to prepare and then it is just a matter of stitching the design.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl fabric
  • Medium weight cut-away stabilizer
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing embroidery machine
  • 7/11 needle
  • Scissors
  • Determine the area where you want to embroider. Turn the vinyl face side down and spray the back with temporary spray adhesive. Press medium weight cut-away stabilizer fabric large enough to cover the area of the embroidery plus 2 to 4 inches on each side. Allow the adhesive 15 minutes to dry.

  • Place the vinyl and stabilizer inside an embroidery hoop. Tighten the hoop so that the fabric is taut.

  • Position the hoop in the sewing/embroidery machine in the position and orientation you want for the design.

  • Install a 7/11 size sewing needle to reduce the size of perforations. Thread the machine and embroider the vinyl.

  • Remove the vinyl. Remove the hoop. Turn the fabric upside down and pull up the edges of the stabilizer. Trim the stabilizer close to the design.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can hand embroider using a smaller sharp needle. Follow the same process with the stabilizer.


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