Tips for Sewing with Faux Fur
Faux fur is slightly more complicated than regular cotton, so check out our comprehensive list of tips for making faux fur less frightening. Pile refers to the length of the fur; nap refers to the direction the fur runs.
It’s going to be messy.
Faux fur generates a lot of lint, which you can remove by shaking it off outside or putting it in the dryer for a few minutes. Use a lint roller to clean your sewing machine after you’ve finished faking fur.
Trace and cut carefully.
To reduce bulk in your seams, trace the pattern on the back of the fabric with a marker. Some people recommend weighing the pattern down, but mine was so thick that I found pinning straight up and down worked better. Don’t cut out notches on patterns; trace them on the inside instead.
Keep fur out of seams.
Use a walking foot, especially for thicker fur, and pin sideways with lots of long pins, starting from the ends and working toward the middle. If the seam is too bulky, cut or shave down the hair inside the seam allowance. Follow these tips and you’ll have amazingly hidden seams.
Shave for shorter hair.
Faux fur will dull your blades faster than regular hair, so practice on a scrap piece first. If you want a more sculpted look on something like a bear’s muzzle, it’s probably best to do it after it’s sewn.
Plan for extra time.
Sewing with faux fur is more work, but the end result is totally worth it! Just be prepared for everyone to want to pet you! The extra care and attention you have to take in almost every step adds up quickly.
How do you finish the edges of faux fur?
Because faux fur’s cut edges don’t fray, the knit fur backings can be sewn with a hinge seam, which means the faux fur fabric can be cut without seam allowances and sewn edge to edge with a zigzag stitch. If you do use a seam allowance, keep it between 14 and 12 inches.
How do you finish the edges of fabric without sewing?
If you want to finish the raw edges of fabric without using a serger, sewing machine, or even stitches, you can use a pair of pinking shears, which are one of the simplest ways to seal fabric edges without sewing you’ll ever come across. These shears cut the edges unevenly, making it difficult to fray.
Can you Serge faux fur?
When sewing with faux fur, always leave a 1/4u2032u2032 seam allowance and use a longer stitch (3u20133.5). (9) Using a serger on the seam allowances will clean up the edges and compress the bulk; this is optional, but it does give your project a nice finish.
How do I keep my fur from shedding?
Brush the fur like you would a cat if shedding persists, or use a masking tape lint roller rolled against the grain of the fur to shed loose fibers.
What does a walking presser foot look like?
To begin with, the Walking Foot differs from other sewing machine feet in that it is large and bulky, and it has an arm that attaches to the needle bar, which instructs the sewing machine to pull the top and bottom fabrics through the sewing machine at the same time.
How do you push a needle through thick fabric?
Use a standard awl to pre-punch holes in the fabric for your needle to slide through in really thick assemblies; the sharper point on the awl will puncture the fabric much easier than your needle, saving you a lot of time and effort, and helping you create uniform and evenly spaced stitches.
How do you fix waterproof seams?
If you only have small areas of peeling tape, you may be able to stick them back in place using a seam sealing product like Seam Grip if you clean the garment and degrease the seam area thoroughly before applying.
How do you seal fabric seams?
If your fabric can’t handle any kind of heat, you’ll have to use a liquid “glue” to seal all holes, or bondable tape applied with heat. If your fabric can handle any kind of heat, you’ll have to use the liquid, but if you can use an iron, I recommend using the seam tape.
Can you sew tarpaulin?
Sewing Tarps Canvas tarps are the only ones that can be sewn, and you can use a heavy-duty machine or a special needle called a sailmaker’s needle to sew on a patch, darn a hole, or tear. Use sturdy thread made of the same material as the canvas.