We get a lot of questions from customers who are new to sewing heavy canvas projects. Helping people get started on doing their own canvaswork is one of our favorite things to do! We hear a lot from people who want to start sewing, but aren’t sure if their sewing machine will be up to the task. If that sounds familiar, this post is for you! We’re going to share with you a quick and easy way to test out your sewing machine’s capabilities.
1. Select a Heavy Thread
You’ll want to thread your machine with a strong thread, preferably one that is recommended for use with Sunbrella®. If you have a home machine, the largest size we suggest using is a V-69 thread, but if you have a heavy-duty machine, try a V-92. You may need to increase the upper tension on your sewing machine to handle the heavier thread.
2.Try Sewing Several Layers of Denim
Take a pair of old jeans and fold them up so you are sewing through about 4-5 layers of the material and see how your machine fairs. If you can easily sew through 4 layers of denim, then you can also sew heavy canvas, like Sunbrella.
If you find that your sewing machine balks at 4 layers of denim, you probably don’t want to try canvaswork on that machine. If you’re ready to take the plunge and upgrade your machine, the Sailrite® Ultrafeed Sewing Machine can sew through 10 layers of heavy canvas.
Want more great tips on starting canvas work? Check out our guide “What Do I Need To Do Canvaswork?” which includes a list of Matt Grant’s top 11 tools for Canvas workers and some helpful materials to keep on hand.
Find all the tools you need to do your own canvaswork including thread, material, sewing machines and much more at Sailrite.com.
Do any of you sew heavy canvas on a home sewing machine? What tips and tricks have you learned along the way? Share your advice and experiences in the comments!