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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > sewing real fur ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Michelle T

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Date: 5/29/06 5:28 PM

I have taken apart a fur coat to make a bed for my very special kitties. It appears the fur was pieced and either zigzagged or serged together. Then the original garmet was cut from the pieced fur. There is a seam tape on either side of the garmet seams, which also appear to be zz together.

I would appreciate any suggestions on thread, needles (leather I am guessing) stitch type etc. I have a serger in addition to the sm.

I do have some extra for practising, but not too much.

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Date: 5/29/06 5:43 PM

I don't recommend a leather needle as it will leave holes that are too large, weakening the hide. I would only use a leather needle with thick leather when I needed the cutting point to pierce the leather.

For sewing fur and lightweight leather, I like small size denim needles. Either a 10 or a 12. You may break a couple but this is better than ruining the hide.

The piecing that you see is what they call "dropping" the pelts -- they do this to get more fur on the same grain line from each pelt.

Domestic sewing machines don't join fur in the same manner. Perhaps another PR member has more experience in sewing fur than I do and has other suggestions.

What I would do is just make fairly small seams - say 3/8 inch - and push the fur into the seam as you sew. An emery board (used to file you nails) does this quite nicely. Just use it to sweep the fur into the seam as you sew.

I'll bet that there are other, better, techniques for sewing real fur and I hope someone posts on this topic.

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Date: 10/21/06 4:41 PM

Fur is all the rage this year, and I would love to pick up some fur pelts and make a collar for a wool coat. I'd love some tips or ideas on sewing real fur.

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Date: 10/21/06 5:40 PM


My fake fur, which looks something like the Nov. WOG looks to be trimmed close and sewn thru with no lining, because it has the suede on the outside and the fur on the inside. Ribbons sewn into the pocket and the sides of the coat keep them in place.

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-- Edited on 10/22/06 2:01 PM --

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Date: 11/29/06 9:57 AM

I have some fur pelts that I picked up an I would love to make detachable cuffs and collar with. I will keep in mind the needle suggestions but I have a question about interfacing. I have actually used fusible with leather and been very pleased with the results. Are there any suggestions for this?

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Date: 11/29/06 1:08 PM

When you are cutting the fur, be sure to cut from the back (suede/leather side) and use a razor blade or Stanley knife or something like that. Otherwise you run the risk of cutting the hair from the other side of the cut.

When sewing you can use a narrow zig-zag and don't leave any seam allowance on the fur; this also is so you don't catch the hair on the other side of the seam.

I made a coat and muff from a recycled mink stole for my niece's American Girl doll and it was actually pretty easy.

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Date: 12/1/06 2:26 AM

The Vogue sewing book has a nice-looking section on sewing with fur. It might be worth going to the library.

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Date: 12/1/06 6:05 PM

That is a great idea. I don't actually have that book, but I have seen it in the stores.

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Date: 12/1/06 9:04 PM

This topic is discussed earlier here on PR see this link
The link for recycled furs is not working anymore but here it is again.
The fur you are talking about is stitched with a fur sewingmachine.

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