BioThane Sewing Tips

Here are some sewing tips to keep in mind when working with BioThane® coated webbing.

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Heavy Material Sewing Machine

  • Typically, machines used for sewing heavy materials such as leather can handle BioThane® belting.
  • For continuous feed, use a walking foot or compound-feed sewing machine with a toothed plate.

Thread Tension and Lubrication

  • Maintain close control over thread tension and lubrication.
  • Thread tension must be higher than for sewing leather.
  • Only lubricated or bonded thread is recommended.
  • Ready-wound bobbins will keep thread tension consistent.
  • Changing gearbox settings to reduce speed and increase power produces a tighter, more uniform stitch pattern.
  • Spraying thread with silicone improves sewing.
  • Either “MB” or “GM” treatment also helps performance.
  • Most commonly used thread weights are #69, #92 and #99.

Needles: Diamond Point or Standard

  • Use needles with a sharp point.
    • Diamond point and standard needles will provide the best results.
    • Do NOT use Teflon coated needles. They have not performed well on our belting.
  • Choose needles that have grooves twice the size of the thread being used so the thread is forced through the stitch.
  • The maximum recommended stitch pattern is 6 stitches per inch.
  • Sewing BioThane® belting tends to dull any needle, so be sure to replace needles before they lose their effectiveness.

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