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Date: 1/7/11 7:25 AM

I'm looking for any advice on sewing faux Shearling or Sherpa Suede. On impulse I bought a kit for making a wrap from it, but I didn't really think through the reality of sewing with the stuff. It's microsuede on one side and sherpa style fleece on the other, so it's pretty thick.

I think my machine can handle it, but I'm wondering about needle and thread. The kit has one big square of fabric, all of which is used for the wrap, so I don't really have any practice pieces.

Has anyone sewed with this who can give pointers about the kind of needle and thread that's best? I don't need to sew actual seams, just turn the "sherpa" side to the outside and stitch around it. Will jeans needles and topstitching thread work?

I found a few older posts about this, but they were mostly about locating the fabric. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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Date: 1/7/11 8:42 AM

I used standard thread, jeans needle and a teflon foot, and had no major troubles. But I have only used this fabric once so maybe others can give better advice.

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Date: 1/7/11 11:50 AM

This isn't really the same thing, but I just sewed faux fur (to velvet) for the first time, and the clerk at the LSMS gave me some great pointers. She said to use a walking foot, a longer-than-average stitch length, and to lower the presser foot pressure. All of these tips were because of the thickness of the material, so I bet they'd apply to your sherpa, too.

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Date: 1/7/11 12:33 PM

I just reviewed a faux fur/shearling jacket here, & detailed a lot of my experiences & tips. The material is a bit different, because the 'shearling' side of mine is more like short fur, but I think that a lot of my experiences would still be the same.

A regular foot didn't work at all, and I ended up having a better experience with a teflon foot than a walking foot, but I think that one of the two is necessary for working with this stuff. I also used a jeans needle, but I broke two of them on buttonholes. And I was topstitching, so I used a heavy thread on top; regular thread in the bobbin.

There are a number of pics linked, with notes, that show what I learned. I hope you find it helpful :). & have fun - I actually really would like to work with some of the sherpa shearling as well! It was a bit of a challenge, but SO worth it!

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Date: 1/7/11 2:07 PM

Thanks for the responses. They've given me some ideas of things to try. Essentially I only have to hem a big square of fabric and hem it on the less slippery side. Maybe I'll be able to do it with the tools I already have.

JillyBe, you did a great job on your jacket. If I checked the Review Gallery more often, I might have more questions answered. Your fabric looks a lot more furry than mine, which seems decidedly more fleecy. I would guess yours is a higher quality, too. Very nice.

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Date: 1/7/11 11:05 PM

Jillybe, that jacket is FANTASTIC! Well done!

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