How to Sew With Faux Fur

Whether you want to make garments, decorative
pillows or stuffed animals, working with faux fur is intimidating but can be conquered.
But is it really as scary as it seems? This video will provide some handy tips so working
with faux fur doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Regardless of what you want to make, choose
your projects carefully. This is especially true for garments. The less seams and more
simplistic it is, the better it will turn out. The fibers coming out of the fabric is called
the fur pile. You can find faux furs with different fur pile lengths. If this is your
first time working with faux fur, consider trying to make something with a low or short
fur pile to make it a little easier. The pile will lay down in a certain direction
and you’ll want to make note of this for cutting out your pieces. When it comes to
faux fur, you’ll want to follow the nap and grainline rule so that all the fur will
lie the same way once all your pieces are sewn together. Once you figure out the direction, on the
back of the fabric use chalk or marker to draw an arrow. On your patterns you’ll also want to draw
an arrow from the top to the bottom or whichever way you want the fur to run on your project
but typically the fur should run down your body. Instead of pinning, use pattern weights to
place your pattern pieces on the wrong side of your fabric and draw around the pattern.
Because you need to do it on a single layer of fabric, if you need two from one pattern
piece, you’ll need to do this twice but don’t forget to draw one with the pattern
right side up and one with the pattern wrong side up to ensure you end up with two opposite
pieces. You’ll want to cut the fabric, looking at
the wrong side of the fabric and cut slowly with short snips using the tip of the scissors.
Ideally, you want to only cut the fabric backing and avoid cutting the fur pile. On the left is the correct way the edge should
look after you cut it. On the right is the wrong way.
When you want to do a seam between two edges, you can either use extra long pins or use
sewing clips. The fur shouldn’t be sticking out but be tucked inside. At your sewing machine, I recommend sewing
with a size 90 Universal needle. Make sure to use good quality all-purpose thread. It’s
also not a bad idea to use a walking foot to make sure the fabric feeds through the
machine evenly. If you don’t have a walking foot, consider hand basting your seam first
and then machine sewing it. Sew your seam using a regular straight stitch
with a slightly longer stitch length like a 3. Or use a, narrow zig zag stitch. You also may need to use a looser thread and
presser foot tension if the faux fur is on the thicker side. Experiment on scraps. After you do a seam, look at the right side
and use a straight pin to pull the fur from the seam. When finished, your seam should
be hardly noticeable. To cut down on bulk, trim the fur pile from
the seam allowance. You can do this prior to sewing as well. After you cut, use packing
tape to make cleaning off the trimmed fur easier. Don’t apply a hot iron directly to faux
fur. If you want to press your seams, steam the seam and finger press the wrong side of
the fabric on a plush towel. Another option, if you don’t want a big
seam allowance is doing a narrow ¼” seam with a zig zag stitch. This is a good seam
for something like armholes and sleeves. If you want to do this, consider trimming down
the seam allowance on your patterns prior to cutting your fabric pieces to make it easier. Sometimes the backing on faux fur can be stiff
and scratchy. If you’re making a garment, consider using a lightweight cotton or apparel
lining so it’ll feel more comfortable against skin.
Because of the stiffness of the fabric, you may decide to skip facings and instead consider
trimming the fur off the edges and using a binding like single folded bias tape. When
you flip the binding to the wrong side, hand stitch it in place so the stitches won’t
be seen on the right side. The same technique can be used for hemming. The biggest issue with sewing with faux fur
is that it’s very messy. Before you start, consider laying down a disposable table cloth
so when you finish, you can wrap up the mess and throw it away. Keep your vacuum cleaner
nearby. Also, sewing with faux fur can leave a lot
of fibers inside your sewing machine so you should clean your machine after you finish
your project. Working with faux fur actually isn’t difficult
and you’ll be amazed at how nice your projects can turn out. If you have some tips on working
with faux fur, share by leaving a comment below. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please
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