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Sewing puppet hands  (Read 18676 times)
Billy D. Fuller
« on: December 12, 2010, 09:36:41 am »

Does anyone know of a tutorial on sewing puppet hands. I've seen many on how to prepare the foam for the hands, but not the actual sewing of the fabric (hand glove) Do most machine or hand stitch? I find hands and feet the most difficult of all the process.

Billy d.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010, 12:14:27 pm »

Project puppet have how to sew hands in their plans, I machine sew min leaving a gap down the side to insert the foam, I will try and make one and take photos of the process there are quite easy.
StiqPuppet Productions
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 12:40:30 pm »

I thought I did have a video on it but I don't. Oh well I will have to make one!

I do not have the sewing part to show but basically I trace the hands on the fabric cut out a around it leaving a generous amount of material and then so it using an embroidery foot for the sewing machine so you can sew freely in any direction.  Sew around your fingers following the lines.  Then cut about 1/3 away from your sew line as you cut it out.  There a nice hand will emerge.  DO NOT CUT IT OUT FIRST it will be a nightmare to try to sew along the edge.

Hope this helps....I guess a new video to do.  "Focused on sewing hands."

« Last Edit: December 13, 2010, 12:57:25 pm by StiqPuppet Productions »
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010, 01:28:33 pm »

What does a embroidery foot look like?
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010, 08:07:10 am »

Not sure what Daryl's embroidery foot looks like but not sure that is big question here. Smiley  There are what is called "feed dogs" on a sewing machine.  Those are on the bottom plate coming up form where your bobbin is.  They look like little ridges that have teeth on them.  During normal sewing they move up, back, down, forward.  This movement grabs the fabric and moves it along.  On many machines (not all) you can drop the feed dogs so they do not grab the fabric and manipulate it yourself.  That is what happens when you use an embroidery foot on a sewing machine that has this feature. A google search on the phrase embroidery foot well bring up all the different types out there.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010, 09:18:16 am »

I guess my reason for asking is that ................. when I sew hands on a machine I usually have to walk the needle by moving the needle up and down by hand around the tips and in between the fingers. I'm a bit of a heavy foot with the foot peddle and end up sewing to fast and messing up my stitches. I'm trying to learn a easier way of machine stitching. I can sew real well by hand..................... which is what I do most of the time.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010, 05:00:16 pm »

Well even with an embroidery foot and the dog feeds down you have to guide the direction of the stitch so if you have a heavy foot on the accelerator, it is going to still be touchy. Smiley I would say that as it is with anything, practice makes perfect.  See if your machine has the ability to lower the dog feeds and then pull out a scrap of fabric and trace some hands on it.  Practice following the lines.  If things don't get better then go with hand sewing.  There is no shame in hand sewing, and many times I prefer it.
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 02:05:03 pm »

I draw the hand on the fabric with a fabric marker (one that disappears after 24 hours or can be wiped off with a damp cloth).  Sew first, then cut.

I use a machine. After doing a bunch, you get to the point where you can go around the corners, etc. without walking (hand controlling the wheel) the machine.  I have found that a clear presser foot works better than a metal one.
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 11:38:57 am »

i hate making hands! it seems with hand sewing... one sideways stitch will mess up a finger! when it comes to hand sewing should you cut first or sew then cut the hand out? anyway sorry billy i wasent any help.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 11:50:39 am »

When I hand sew, I normally cut then sew.  The main reason for this, is that I am a big fan of the whip stitch and you can't do that unless the piece is cut out. Smiley  Actually the same would be true if you where using the ladder or henson stitch.
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 11:45:49 am »

what does the henson stitch look like?  I usually hand sew my puppet hands too after I cut them out but they can be a real pain. I have heard that the henson stitch makes things easier so how do you do it?
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2011, 01:13:40 pm »

Daryle aka StiqPuppets has created a video that shows the "Henson" stitch.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2011, 01:20:59 pm »

BTW:  In don't think the "Henson" or ladder stitch is the best thing for sewing your hands together.  As you can see in the video the fleece is already on the foam base and you are sewing from the right side of the fabric.
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2011, 01:28:38 pm »

awesome tutorial
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2011, 02:49:02 pm »

thanks for the video very well done. I didn't realize it but I have been doing that the whole time but I do need to bring my stitches closer together. The wax is a good tip I do have a horrible time with tangles! Tangles drive me up the wall! I will be using wax from now on Smiley . Thanks so much for the helpful information.
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