How to Sew With Cordura

Written by amy l. gouger
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How to Sew With Cordura
Cordura works great for backpacks and other outdoor items. (NA/ Images)

Cordura is a heavy duty fabric that is perfect for outdoor use. Cordura varies in weight and heavier weights stress the home machine. That doesn't mean your machine can't handle a project or two involving cordura. Before you begin sewing with cordura, you should know how to sew a seam, change needles, thread the machine, and wind a bobbin.

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Things you need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Denim
  • Pattern
  • Pins
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Purchase strong needles between 80/10 and 110/18 and polyester thread. Check the label to ensure it's 100 per cent polyester. Replace the needle in your machine with the new one. Thread the needle and wind the bobbin with the new thread.

  2. 2

    Test your machine by folding a square of denim three times and sew a seam through it. Keep the machine at a slow and steady pace to prevent the needle and thread from breaking. If the thread and needle don't break, run a second test. Look for excessive bending in the needle. You can try a thicker needle and go even slower, if this is the case.

  3. 3

    Pin the fabric to the pattern. Place the pins out of the way of the path of the needle.

  4. 4

    Begin to sew. Go slow and steady as you did in the test. Change the needle as it dulls. It will dull quicker than with lighter fabrics.

Tips and warnings

  • If your machine failed the tests, then purchase an industrial sewing machine suited to heavy fabric. Be careful not to choose an industrial machine made to sew light fabrics fast. If you choose the right machine, sewing cordura will seem similar to sewing light fabrics.
  • If you plan on sewing cordura often, an industrial sewing machine will save you time and make the experience easier.

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