As mentioned yesterday, we’re back with some tips on working with the new Michael Miller PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabrics. It’s really not hard if you just follow a few simple suggestions.
The first questions we get asked are what is PUL and what makes it different? Michael Miller describes it as follows:
1. PUL is 100% polyester knit fabric that is backed with a polyurethane laminate.
2. PUL is waterproof which makes it absolutely perfect for use in diapers, bibs, bags, raincoats, etc.
3. As we said yesterday, PUL is super soft and pliable. It resists wrinkling and drapes beautifully.
4. PUL holds up to heavy, long term use.
5. PUL is lead free and meets CPSIA requirements.
So now that you know what PUL is .. how the heck do you sew with it??
1. Michael Miller suggests using a walking foot or a Teflon foot. If you don’t have a walking foot or Teflon foot, you can sew with a piece of wax paper over the top and tear it away when finished.
2. You want to make sure and pin within the seam allowances. Otherwise you put holes through which water can seep in. Want to avoid pins altogether? Try using a glue stick or clips instead.
3. If you happen to get holes outside the seam allowances, washing and drying in high heat will help seal up the holes.
4. Use all-purpose polyester threads like the Mettler Metrosene threads we carry. Cotton or cotton-blend threads would allow moisture to wick through.
5. For best results use a 9/65 or 11/75 ballpoint needle. If you’re sewing through many layers of PUL though, bump up to a 16/100 ballpoint.
OK, so now you what it is and how you work with it but how in the world do you clean it? Thankfully, the Michael Miller PUL fabric is safe to go through your washer and dryer with a few suggestions:
1. Wash with oxygenated bleach with NO CHLORINE. The detergent should also NOT contain Sodium Percarbonate.
2. You can wash in HOT water and it’s recommended to run it through an extra rinse cycle.
3. It’s best if you dry on MEDIUM heat (try not to exceed 130 degrees F / 50 degrees C)
4. Do not use fabric softeners.
5. Do not wring or iron on the film side of the fabric.
And there you go, PUL is such an awesome laminate and with just a few considerations, super easy to work with and keep clean!
All data and images courtesy of Michael Miller Fabrics.