Puppets and Stuff

At the end of the year 2019 Puppets and Stuff well be migrating to a new server and system. Please see migration info for important details.

Pages: [1] 2  All   Go Down
how to sew fake fur together?  (Read 22527 times)
tsu
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:51:56 am »

hi guys,

again me...
I'm about to sew fake fur together (I'm, first I must learn how to use a sewing machine properly - yesterday I spent some time on how to prepare machine to work and was a bit pissed off, but finally everything went fine) and need some advice:
do you usually sew it together by hand or using a sewing machine?
is there any special "technique" on how to do this, what kind of stitch to use or you just use a plain one and a regular needle? (my fake fur is not very thick)
I only know I should cut my fur not with the scissors but with the razor blade or knife...
(Jay, your video tutorial is being needed now laughing)

 Roll Eyes

thank you in advance,
Iza
« Last Edit: November 12, 2008, 04:55:01 am by tsu »
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 07:19:06 am »

I have only worked with fur just a little bit but the advice that was given to me was this............... Draw out your design from the backside of the fur that you will be cutting, then when cutting it you pull the fur apart and cut into the divided section.
If sewing on a machine it will naturally pull the pile of the fur under the seam, so you will have to pick it out with a sewing needle. or you can sew it very similar to sewing Antron using the same hand stitch you use there.

Billy D.

Cutting fur
Chris Arveson
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 07:33:57 am »

I find fake fur to be very slippery, and hard to keep in place when running it through the machine. It seems no matter how many pins I put into it, the edges slide out of alignment. Now that may be because I am a klutz. But because I am a klutz, the more pins I put into the fur, the more often I get stuck on a pin. Bad news, getting drops of blood on white fur.  Shocked

Now I tend to hand sew, I just seem to get better results. Either way, you are going to have to pick your fur, as Billy mentioned above. One time as I was picking through some seams, my wife said I looked like some kind of monkey, checking another monkey's fur for bugs.  spin
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008, 07:38:21 am »

When sewing fur together by hand or by machine you can "brush" the fur away from the edges before you sew them together.  This helps to keep the fur out of the seam as Billy describes.  You may still have to pick some of it out of the seam but not as much.

I don't separate the fur to cut it but simply cut the fabric from the back side. You can slip the tip of your scissors in and catch just the backing fabric of the fur so it won't cut the fur itself.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008, 07:41:27 am »

Chris,

Try adjusting the pressure of the foot on the sewing machine.  See those small little bits of metal that have the "teeth" on them?  You should have a dial on the machine that well move them up and down. When you are working on thicker fabrics like fur you want to lower them some so the pressure of the foot is not as much.
Na
No Avatar
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008, 11:54:24 am »

One time as I was picking through some seams, my wife said I looked like some kind of monkey, checking another monkey's fur for bugs.  spin

Ahah, so funny! I recently started picking out fur from seams, and I never thought it might look like that; but it does!
tsu
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2008, 12:15:42 pm »

thanks guys, that sounds very clear to me. but there is one thing I'm thinking of - I do not cut the pile too while I'll be cutting fur from the back side? I'm afraid I may draw the line in the wrong place and then I'll cut the nap, instead of cutting between them.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008, 04:13:43 pm »

but there is one thing I'm thinking of - I do not cut the pile too while I'll be cutting fur from the back side?

That is correct Tsu, you do not want to cut the pile/fur.  You only want to cut the back side.  If you use just the tips of the scissors to cut you can accomplish this.
tsu
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2008, 06:41:36 am »

hmmm... so I should not use a blade/knife to cut the fur but scissors then?
I remember Jay's video where he said that would be better to use a (razor?)blade...
Jon
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2008, 06:51:24 am »

It doesn't really matter what you cut the fur fabric with.  You just need to be careful that you don't cut the actualy fur only the fabric that holds it together.  I find that easier to do with scissors
miguel
No Avatar
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2008, 06:53:52 am »

Yes, Is true. I tried with scissor, and it was easy and came out good!

Miguel!
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2008, 07:14:32 am »

I use a razor quite often to cut the fur backing but most folks are more comfortable using scissors.
tsu
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2008, 07:27:46 am »

ah, that's clear, thanks Smiley
DrPuppet
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2008, 10:29:41 am »

TSU my latest video which should be up this weekend is a puppet made of fur and fleece. Its shows cutting with a razor like shawn said. I can PM you when its up. I also show sewing on a machine and handstiching fur.
miguel
No Avatar
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2008, 10:42:11 am »

Cool! Any video you do, please let us knows.

Would be great if you do a video for the head of the naked guy and his body!

Ah, Mr. Tyson. You said you were going to upload a video for the rest of the feature of Dr, Who (David tennant) puppet, like ears, etc.

Miguel!
Pages: [1] 2  All   Go Up

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines

Copyright © 2000-2019 Puppets And Stuff, All Rights Reserved

Privacy Policy - Terms of Service

Page created in 0.175 seconds with 24 queries.

Puppets and Stuff