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So You Want to Sew Some Fur

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ENJOY MY GLORIOUS CHIPPED NAIL POLISH. Blame the sewing machines. They always ruin my nails. Anyway, this is how the furriers do it. Now you guys can be pros~!


Side note: in this tutorial I'm stitching FAKE fur. I think real fur would work the same way, since leather doesn't have a grain, but to be safe I'm going to say test it with scraps first.

Edit 1/23/14: on a home machine, I suggest sewing with a knit stitch (the triple/stretch stitch). If you want to look pretty like mine afterward, cut off the excess to whatever is a comfortable amount and use the fake overlock stitch setting. Or if you have a home overlock, just overlock it.

Edit 12/31/2013: I've tried this on a home machine and yes, it works perfectly fine. Just watch out for the thickness, because your machine may not be able to sew through it depending on how thick the fur is. However, if you tuck it all in like I said, you won't have to brush it out afterward and it'll look seamless. If it is too thick, cut away the fur within the seam allowance, so at 1/2 inch if it's a 5/8th seam allowance or 1/4 if it's a 1/2 seam allowance. (Experiment here; your machine may require you to cut exactly to the seam allowance.)  Also, use a razor blade to cut the fur when cutting from a pattern, not regular fabric scissors. Cut from the knit side (back) and slice through. The fur will not fall off in clumps if you do this. If you cut from a slight angle it will be easier. This is also how you cut real fur.


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LadyOf7Sins's avatar
LadyOf7SinsHobbyist Digital Artist
Welp, I'm going to sew a wolf plushie on my regular sewing mashine. I had no idea how to do it, especially that I tend to sew out of the lines and then cover mistakes of the patterns by sewing a little bit more over old seams (I don't trust my patterns!). I hope it will work for me too! Thanks for help :]
moonymonster's avatar
Yeah, this should help with anything fuzzy. My example was made with...I dunno the name, but that fuzzy stuff you use for sheep or Santa (I was making a Santa costume). I'M SUCH A GOOD SEAMSTRESS I KNOW ALL THE NAMES RIGHT? *sigh* But anyway, it should be fine :D
Toxicated-kisame52's avatar
Toxicated-kisame52Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!
May I ask though, whats basting the fur??
moonymonster's avatar
You don't need to do it unless it gets really difficult to hold together, but it's basically just a really loose hand stitch to hold the two pieces of fabric together. Dawn from Monkey See the website has an excellent example. My stitches can be anywhere from a centimeter to an inch long, depending on the fabric. It is also INSANELY helpful to baste your seam allowance line if you're using an industrial, as they have no markers for seam allowanances and cut as they sew. On a side note, use a knit stitch when doing this on a home machine.
Antilogist's avatar
AntilogistStudent General Artist
I have been doing it wrong. 0_0
moonymonster's avatar
Lol I was too. My teacher is pretty awesome ^^
ZiBaricon's avatar
ZiBariconProfessional Digital Artist
I have a question that hopefully you can answer. I'm pretty new to sewing (I'm making plushies), and when sewing with fur, I always end up clogging my sewing machine with it and spending more time cleaning that out than actually sewing. Are there any tricks that will keep the fur from clogging the machine? Am I doing something wrong?
moonymonster's avatar
Mostly the way you're stitching it is the problem. Sewing it like this is going to help immensely. Also cutting it properly will help (I'll be doing a tut on that as well). Basically though you need to cut it with a razor or a box cutter or something with a blade, NOT scissors. If the problem continues you need to actually cut off the fur within the seam allowance and stich it that way. Like I said, eventually I'll do a tutorial with pictures, but honestly just stitching it correctly should help a lot.
ZiBaricon's avatar
ZiBariconProfessional Digital Artist
Okay, thanks a lot for the information!
GalacticHyena's avatar
GalacticHyenaProfessional Digital Artist
I use a ladder stitch so it makes sewing clumps of fur easier. It really helps, and it's very hardy. x3
ZiBaricon's avatar
ZiBariconProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't even know about that kind of stitch!  Thank you!
GalacticHyena's avatar
GalacticHyenaProfessional Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^3^
GalacticHyena's avatar
GalacticHyenaProfessional Digital Artist
Not like I do sew clumps of fur, but what I mean is on the edges the fur is very thick, and when I tuck it in, my machine slows down but a simple way to fix this is the ladder stitch. (Trying as much as I can to explain in PROPER english LOL)
moonymonster's avatar
Haha sounds good. I'm used to working with industrial machines so I forgot home machines have trouble with thick fur. XD Ladder stitch sounds like a good idea!
AkitoKitty's avatar
Thank you^ _^ I always hated it when the seams showed!!
moonymonster's avatar
No problem. I have a teacher that's been in costuming for over 30 years, and she taught me this trick. I figured no one else knew about it or else I wouldn't see so many people wasting time picking fur out of the seam after they stitch it << Give it a quick brush after you stitch the seam and you should be good to go.
Freyarule's avatar
Aaah so that's the trick with the seams! I shall bear that in mind next time :D thanks!
AkatsukiKurohana's avatar
Very helpful; Thank you so much! :la:
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superjammieover9000Student Traditional Artist
can the fur be hand sewn
Dark-Wolf-Grayson's avatar
Dark-Wolf-GraysonHobbyist Artist
you sjut have to use a blanket stitch when hand sewing ^^ its a very strong stitch and very easy too ^^
also remember when cutting fur don't use scissors use an exacto knife on the back side of the fur (this way you wont have pieces of fur cut in half by the scirrors by the edge)
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superjammieover9000Student Traditional Artist
thank you very much
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Dark-Wolf-GraysonHobbyist Artist
you're welcome ^^
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