TIPS FOR SEWING WITH OILSKIN
I’m a beginner sewer. Is working with oilskin difficult?
While customers are often hesitant to work with oilskin – it’s a very stable fabric which makes it great for beginner sewists.
What size needle should I use with oilskin?
This will depend on what you’re making and how many layers of cloth you’re sewing. We generally would recommend a size 14 sewing needle for our oilskin and dry oilskin fabrics if you’re sewing through one layer of cloth and we would then move up to a 16 if you’re sewing through multiple layers.
As our beeswax oilskin is more lightweight, we’d start with a size 12 sewing needle and move up to a size 14 if you’re making something like The Landgate jacket.
Should I iron my oilskin?
Don’t iron oilskin, as it will remove the oil barrier from your cloth. To “press” your seams, use the blunt side of your scissors, a Bamboo Point Turner, or even press open with your thumb and index finger.
My pins and sewing needle have left puncture holes in my oilskin. What do I do?
Pin holes or etchings will puncture the fabric, so be careful to place pins within your seam allowance so the holes get lost in the stitching. If you need to unpick an area of stitching, rub the oilskin between your fingers to get rid of needle holes.
Should I use interfacing with my oilskin?
You won’t need to use interfacing on oilskin as it’s already got all the structure it needs.
My oilskin has arrived folded, which has creased the cloth. What do I do?
Our traditional oilskin will easily crease and wear over time adding to the overall look and feel of the cloth, so you really won’t notice these fold lines once you start to work with it. You can use a hair dryer to remove creases before working with the fabric if you want to.
How should I care for my finished oilskin makes?
Do not wash our traditional oilskin or beeswax oilskins. You can gently sponge dirty areas with a damp cloth. Our dry oilcloth can be hand washed, but it will need to be reproofed afterwards with our reproofing spray. Washing dry oilskin can change the surface of the cloth, so we still would avoid washing if you can.