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I am trying to sew together some vinyl, I am using a standard sewing machine but with a leather standard needle and the correct thread. The machine keeps missing stitches and the stitching underneath keeps coming loose and puckering up. Do I need to use a heavy duty machine? an hire a specialist machine.

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I think you need to use a teflon foot (the white plastic one) when sewing vinyl. Hope this helps.

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