There are a lot of different ways to obtain texture on fabric. I've been experimenting (again) with different mediums.
Below are several photos of the results.
I started out with a medium weight canvas fabric. Cheap canvas. No need to experiment with the expensive stuff, huh?
I applied a thin to medium coat (apx.1/16" to 1/8") of molding paste and used different "tools" (i.e. fingers, baby wipes, crunched up paper) to obtain the texture on the wet paste.
Let this dry.
I used various Golden fluid acrylic paints to add washes of color.
Click on the pictures to see the detail.
It's just awesome to see how much texture you can get and how the paint really catches on the hills and valleys of the molding paste. I used "light" molding paste so I could sew through it later.
And yes, your machine can handle it ... as long as it not TOO thick... and it would probably sew through a lot more than what you think anyway. (My hubby just has to clean the machine a little more frequently)
You can see the frayed edges of the canvas material in this photo.
Here's a close-up of one section of the piece. I just love the colors!
This next photo is of a piece of paper that I used. I actually started out covering paper and switched to fabric. The results will be just about the same with either one. I use paper and fabric interchangeably in my work anyway.
This is the same narrow piece of fabric from above.
My favorite area is in the center of it . The texture is just amazing,
as well as the flexibility of the entire piece of fabric!
I hope this will encourage you to experiment with different ways to approach your art making.
You just have to be willing to ask yourself this question
"Gee, I wonder what would happen if I did this?"