- I tried. I really tried. I tried not to baste my seam together but keeping a neat and even seam on vinyl is tough. So, I used the thinnest needle (that would hold a stitch on the material) possible and basted the seam anyway. There were tiny puncture marks after I removed the stitches, but they are pretty minute and not visible unless you look for them.
- I pinned the zipper. I discovered that tape is extremely difficult to remove from the vinyl so I opted not to use this method and used thin, silk pins along what would be the topstitched area instead. As far as I can tell, you can’t see any permanent holes so I think I kept them fairly lined up along the sewing line.
- I didn’t baste the zipper. I tried to avoid making any extra holes in the material than what was necessary (and I feared sewing over the material too many times would tear\rip the vinyl) so I risked it and sewed the zipper directly from the front… very carefully.
- I used cooking spray. Yes, you read that right. I used Pam in my sewing room. I used a light coat as a lubricant to keep the presser foot from sticking when stitching on top of the vinyl (because I still haven’t purchased a teflon foot). It worked very well – too bad I didn’t know that before I stitched in the collar and left all that tissue paper behind.
What does that mean? It means the zipper on this body suit probably isn’t the best one that I’ve ever put in, but overall it looks pretty darn good, the seams are perfectly aligned, and it was a lot easier than what I had prepared myself for. If your decide to make this bodysuit with vinyl, I highly recommend using some (if not all) of the “no-no’s” listed above and definitely keep that Pam handy in your sewing room!