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Posted on: 1/5/08 11:07 AM
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Edit: Tips on sewing real fake fur:
Thanks so much for all your comments on my gorilla suit. I wanted to let you know that I was frightened by the fur at first, but after I started working with it...it was so easy! Way easier than short nap fur. The key points were:
-use a sharp (change the blades often - those snap-off blades were a blessing) box cutter to cut only the fabric backing...not the fur.
-Be sure to leave enough room when cutting near the bottom edge of the fabric to maintain the fur length because the fabric store cut the piece with sissors (which means they also cut the fur length off).
-Use your hair brush to gently (but you don't have to be too gentle) the fur away from the seam allowance towards the garment piece's center
-I sewed with a large width, #3 (out of 4) length stitch. This allowed me to use the dull end of a needle to pull out fur trapped in the seam much easier. And with the fur so large, it didn't matter that the stich was so wide.
-Sew in the direction of the fur nap.
-Be prepared to vacumme - the fur gets everywhere!

Now I'm not afraid of fur! Again, way eaiser than the short nap stuff that wiggles around on you when you are trying to sew it! DON'T be afraid! Go get some ugly stuff in on discounted bin and practice on a silly hat.

Please see my review with photos for the project I did here:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&ID=25232

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Susan M said...
Great tip. Thanks
1/5/08 5:13 PM
CSM--Carla said...
Thanks for the education and encouragement! Great costume!!
1/5/08 9:28 PM
Andee said...
I have sewn TONS of fake fur while making prototypes for the toy industry and I will give you a couple of alternate technics. For cutting, again cut from the back but use a small sharp scissors and simply slide the blade just under the backing fabric making many small cuts, so only the backing is cut and not the fur it self. This saves having to keep replacing blades. And use a wire cat brush to get the fur out of the seams. This is much faster and then you can brush the whole garment or toy.
1/6/08 10:03 AM
Andee said...
Oops! I sent a blank comment. Now for what I meant to say. I have sewn TONS of fake fur while making prototypes for the toy industry and I will give you a couple of alternate technics. For cutting, again cut from the back but use a small sharp scissors and simply slide the blade just under the backing fabric making many small cuts, so only the backing is cut and not the fur it self. This saves having to keep replacing blades. And use a wire cat brush to get the fur out of the seams. This is much faster and then you can brush the whole garment or toy.
1/6/08 10:04 AM
ryansmumAria said...
perfect timing. I went through my fabric mega stash and found 4 different furs I've collected over the years and I've had design ideas race through my head but along with a dose of "Oh, no, I'm not really sure what to do". The snap off blades is a great idea! Thanks Andee, What brilliant ideas! Thank you thank you thank you!
1/6/08 12:19 PM
 
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