Sunday, May 1, 2011
Quick tip Monday-sewing with plush fabrics
I love sewing with plush fabrics otherwise know as minky, cuddle, flannel or fleece. With all the great choice and variety's out there who wouldn't. As much as we like to sew with these awesome and soft fabrics our sewing machines have a different idea. I have 6 tips that have helped me and my machine have a great relationship while sewing and creating with these fabrics.
MOST IMPORTANT, USE A NEW NEEDLE
1. When desired amount is cut, ready to use, machine-dry the pieces for a few minutes to remove the “fluffies” or “pills.”
2. Make sure to clean your throat plate, feed dogs, and bobbin case often as you sew.
3. If sewing plush fabric to another type of fabric, put the plush fabric on the bottom.
4. If you are using plush fabric to piece, use a slightly larger seam allowance, about 3/8 to 1/2 inch since plush fabric tends to curl when piecing. Press your seams open. also Use a longer stitch length, such as 3.0.
5. Using a walking foot, also helps to ensure your fabric stays straight and not stretch.
6. Cut your binding strips slightly wider (about 2-3/4” wide) when binding quilts that have plush fabric.