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Date: 11/30/08 6:04 PM

I need to repair a mink blanket, I've never sewn real fur and I'm not sure how to go about it, I can probably hand-sew it, but is there a special needle or thread I should use?

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Date: 12/1/08 9:59 AM

Well, I've never sewed fur either, but I do know you need a special needle for leather, which is what the underside of the fur is - leather needles are available at any store that carries a decent variety of sewing supplies (I got mine at JoAnn's).

As for thread - I have no idea. I'd consider asking a shoe repair person and see what they suggest.

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Date: 12/1/08 10:28 AM

I have done some sewing with real fur. I made a mink collar and I talk about it in this review. Actually making part of a garment out of it is quite tedious, but repairing a blanket shouldn't be too bad. What is the backing on it? I would definitely recomend a leather needle, and you might want to use upholstery thread, but I am not sure about that. They recomend that you not use cotton thread with leather as the tanning agents tend to disolve it.

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Date: 12/1/08 10:43 AM

I know you need to wax your thread or the tannins in the leather will deteriorate your thread pretty quickly.
I guess if you get enough snippets of information you'll get what you really need.

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Date: 12/1/08 2:30 PM

Real fur sewing is done by using a fur sewingmachine

A good but old book is a great help How to Sew Leather, Suede, Fur

Article about Recycled furs

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Date: 12/1/08 2:37 PM

I have "How to Sew Leather..." and it is a really good book. It goes way back to tanning and shaping the fur for collars, coats and those creapy stoles that people used to wear with the feet and other things from the animal.
I hadn't seen the fur machine before, neat. I still think that it would be difficult to join two pieces of long pile fur without getting it caught in the machine.

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Date: 12/1/08 4:43 PM

I have a fur sewingmachine and yes it takes a lot of practise and patience to sew fur. The hairs are need to be tucked to the inside, so it is not fast sewing.

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Date: 12/1/08 5:16 PM

So, I have to ask what you have sewn that was fur? I thought I was the only that had only that had sewn with real fur. I also have two arctic fax furs at home that I have had for a couple of years that I can't figure out what to do with.

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Date: 12/1/08 5:46 PM

Thank you for your help, ladies!

Rebecca, your coat is beautiful and that review and video are very helpful.
The back of the blanket is velour (a nice plush one!)

My DH bought me this blanket 2 years ago Christmas and I am pretty rough on it, I treat it more like a fleece blanket, always sleeping with it when its cold and wrapping around me walking around when I'm sick, lol..I love that darn blanket, but its got a good 2-3 seams coming apart. It'd be easier to sew it from the outside rather than take the backing off.

I'd like to give it a try before I take it to the furrier, since I sew..its worth a shot and I'm always excited learning new sewing techniques

Thanks!

Kara


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Date: 12/1/08 6:03 PM

So, you are going to try to sew it through the backing instead of taking it apart?

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