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How Do I Sew With Fur Fabric?
There are some fabrics that can be difficult to work with, especially for those with little experience in sewing. Materials that are thicker and heavier can be in that category, but also extremely thin materials. So, how do you get around that?
One of the materials we often get questions about is faux fur. Naturally, fur looks quite different from the average bolt of cotton fabric, so working with the material can be a little daunting. That being said, fur can create some unique effects that make your masterpiece truly stand out. So, to help you get started with fur, we have created a useful guide for beginners below.
Which Sewing Projects Can I Use Fur For?
There are many sewing projects where you can use fur. You can use it to make warm clothing for the colder months, but also projects such as plush toys, cushions, and even handbags. Since there are so many applications for it, crafters are likely to encounter this fabric sooner or later.
Do I Need To Prepare A Fur Fabric Before I Start Sewing?
Much like other fabrics, fur fabric will need some preparation. One of the problems with any kind of fur fabric is that it can shed, even if you choose a faux fur material. Therefore, it is always recommended to brush your fur fabric before you do any cutting, marking, or sewing.
There are a lot of ways to brush your fur fabric. The most thorough method is a dedicated skin brush, which contains natural animal hair and gives your fur material a nice shine to boot. However, if you do not have this kind of brush, you can use your own hands to manually brush the fabric.
Where Is The Nap Of Fur Fabric?
Finding the nap on fur fabric can be confusing - this because the fibres in this sort of material can have a "wrong direction." Before you start cutting into the fabric, you must make sure the fibres are laying in the right direction. The easiest way to tell is by looking out for the so-called "tufty" look. If you can see tuft on your fabric, it means that your fibres are in the wrong direction.
Please note that finding the right direction of the fibres is not only important for the cutting process. You will also require it for the sewing process. To work with fur properly, you must sew in the direction of the fabric nap.
How Do I Cut Fur Fabric?
To cut your fur fabric, avoid the piles of fur at all cost! Instead, you should concentrate on the back fabric - this will ensure the seam of the fur remains hidden once your project is finished.
When you start the cutting process, make sure you have a sharp pair of fabric scissors at your disposal. Do not take cuts that are too big and work slowly - this will enable you to remove loose bits of fur pile as you go along.
Can I Use Pins On Fur Fabric?
Since pin marks can become quite obvious on fur fabric, it is not recommended to use your regular pins during the sewing process. Instead, it is better to keep your fabric in place with special fabric clips. Remember, fur is heavy as well, so regular pins will not keep your fabric in place either.
How Big Should My Stitch Be?
With heavier fabrics such as fur, the strength of your stitch is important. Therefore, the use of a larger stitch is certainly advised.
Before you start sewing on your fabric, it is best to test your stitch on a separate piece of fur fabric. So, when you order your fabric and expect not to have a testing sample after cutting your material, it could be a good idea to add a sample piece to your order.
Which Fur Fabrics Are Available At Spotlight?
Spotlight offers a large range of fur fabrics in a variety of different colours - this enables you to find some amazing options for your sewing projects. We also offer attractive prices for fur fabrics, so be sure to choose Spotlight and benefit from the amazing deals on fur fabrics we offer!