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Fake Fur Crawling
Stitching fake fur is difficult
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Date: 7/13/12 12:52 PM

do any of the experts have a solution to hold the fake fur fabric in place while stitching? I'm somewhere between a beginning sewer and intermediate and have not used fake fur in the past.

I am constructing a santa claus for this coming Christmas. The body was clear sailing but the suit is troublesome. Not only is the fabric creeping and crawling but I can't seem to get the right adjustments on my sewing machine. I've changed needles and blown out lint but don't get consistent stitch lengths.

any help will be appreciated. --Judy

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Date: 7/13/12 12:57 PM

I have never made anything with fake fur but I would imagine a walking foot would help with the problems you are having at the machine. You could also use alligator clips to hold the layers together, maybe even washable tape?

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Date: 7/13/12 1:10 PM

Thanks for your suggestions, I had not thought about using clips...and washable tape.

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Date: 7/13/12 1:44 PM

that would be my suggestion also . I once make a tiger costume for my daughter years ago and vowed never to work with fake fur again. And I haven't.

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Date: 7/13/12 2:34 PM

Be sure to pin well - closely spaced and perpendicular to your stitching line. Also, try adjusting the pressure foot pressure if you can. Lighter or heavier may be required, you'll have to test it out.

The wallking foot will help, but it's not so great if your pieces have tight curves.

And you can always baste with actual needle and thread vs. just pinning. I know it can be a pain, but it will definitely do the trick!

HTH

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Date: 7/13/12 3:53 PM

I found that clipping the fur along the seamlines helps. It could be that the fur hairs are binding/catching somewhere causing the skips. Good luck with your project.

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Date: 7/14/12 9:26 AM

I made an ankle length coat once and found that I had to hand baste the seams before stitching. Also to try cutting off the saem allowances and using a small width zig zag one stitch on one stitch off the fabric. I have used fusible stabilizing tape as well. Good luck.

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Date: 7/14/12 1:33 PM

A roller foot will help when dealing with crawling fabrics. I believe Threads had an article that discussed how to sew artificial fur. Issue 32 page120 (fake fur) and issue 104 page 108 (shearling).

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Date: 7/14/12 3:22 PM

I've sewn fake fur a couple of times, using a scant 1/4" seam and a wide zig zag stitch, one side of which swings just off the fabric. I pin about every inch, using the pin to sweep the fur away from the seam before pinning perpendicular to the seam. Alternate directions with each pin (1st pin starts on the top side, next pin starts from the underside).

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Date: 7/14/12 6:03 PM

I pinned a lot, did some hand basting, and clipped the fur down at the seam line. I made a lined vest that I still have and wear.

I'm planning a stuffed dog from a new McCalls pattern for my oldest son's apartment with the leftover fur and some fake suede soon.

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