Sewing With Fur

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Don’t avoid working with novelty fabrics; use some of our top tips on buying, cutting, handling and sewing this season’s popular novelty fabrics!

The best place to start is always with a small sample piece of the fabric you’d like to use and to try several stitches on it to get used to the weight, feel, ease and style of stitch. Christmas is the season most likely to use novelty fabrics, so be prepared and give it a go … whether you’re challenged to create a costume for your child’s nativity play, a hot water bottle cover, or just some creative craft pieces. If you really get to grips sewing with fur then you could even create your own jacket … our advice is don’t be scared to try it!

Fur Fabrics:

Design/Pattern:

Choose your design/pattern carefully…try and make it a simple, uncomplicated one with as little seams, detail and fastenings as possible (especially just to begin with). Remember fur fabrics can look bulky especially if they have a shaggy pile, so be wise if using them to create any clothing/jackets and don’t give something a heavy look.

Cutting:

Begin by checking you have sharp scissors and cut in single layers to ensure you get an accurate cut (but remember to flip the pattern piece if a right and left side are needed!). Cutting with the pile is also important so put a little arrow on each pattern piece to help you cut in the direction you choose. Avoid giving the ends a blunt “chopped” look when cutting with long haired fabrics by only cutting the backing fabric (and maybe the odd strand that need to be set free).

Sewing:

If you need to hold layers or edges together it can be quite useful to try out paper clips and tape as well as pins as they hold the thickness and are easy to remove. We recommend colourful glass headed pins with fur as they are so easy to see, sew around and remove which is important – you need to make sure you don’t miss any and leave any in after sewing!! Prevent stretching the fabric whilst you sew by using a small tack or even some tape to stabilise it on the backing. It’s best to avoid top stitching on long pile fabrics and any iron-on interfacings as they can be really messy.

Finishing:

Go around the finished seams on the right side of the fabric and use a sturdy pin to pick out the fur along the seams to cover and neaten them. Also, be careful if you choose to press it as most fur fabrics are very sensitive to heat – to be honest it’s best to avoid any pressing when working with fur and you will find most fur fabrics won’t need it anyway!

Sewing Machine Tip:

Clean your sewing machine regularly to avoid any fur clogging it up, it only takes a moment and can make a big difference to maintaining the performance of your machine!

We’ve created some great pieces using fur in the past, so give it a go, stick with it and keep testing ideas out. Share your creations with us on our Facebook pages and let us know if you have any tips to feed back to us…we’d love to hear!!

How to wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

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How to wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

Before you thread a sewing machine always make sure you have enough of your desired thread on the bobbin. Otherwise, it usually never fails that you?ll thread your machine to discover the bobbin is virtually all out, or, doesn’t match your top colour.

Sewing Machine
  • Put your thread spool on the spool pin at the top of your sewing machine
  • Slip your spool cover/clip onto the spool pin to keep in place (if you have one)
  • There is usually a diagram on the top of your machine to direct you.
  • Wrap the thread around the bobbin tension disk (on the top of your machine, usually distinguished with a screw and towards the top left)
  • Take the thread towards the right and wind it around the bobbin, a few times to secure.
  • Push the bobbin pin over to the right to activate the bobbin winder.
  • Press the foot pedal to start the bobbin winding and the thread should evenly wrap around the bobbin and stop when full.
  • Take off the bobbin and cut thread to release.
  • Drop the bobbin in the lower plate and follow instructions of where to feed the thread.
  • Now to thread your machine.
  • Take the end of your top thread and follow the arrows/numbers on your machine.
  • Pull the thread behind the upper tension disk (this is what creates a nice smooth stitch? check out our? How to adjust thread tension? section for advise on this)
  • Continue following the arrows & thread path and pull the thread down towards you and make a ?u? shape back up to the top of the machine.
  • Turn the wheel at the right, toward you, until the metal lever reaches the surface.
  • Move your thread to the back of the metal lever and around (to left) to catch in the groove.
  • Follow the arrows back down the front of the machine with your thread.
  • Secure the thread behind or through any metal hook/s before reaching the needle.
  • Finally, thread your needle and pull the thread down through the opening of the presser foot.

And, last but not least, bring both the threads together

  • Turn the wheel on the right side of the machine towards you (hold the end of the top thread to keep above surface)
  • This will then catch your bobbin thread and pull it to the top.

Congratulations, you are now threaded and ready to start sewing!!