How do you deal with Minky seams?

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So one minor but persistent problem I've had when sewing with Minky is the way the fibers sometimes get caught in the seams, leaving a relatively prominent groove. This also happens to some degree when embroidering on any substantially-napped fabric. I've tried searching online about this quirk, but have not found any articles addressing it. Have any of you who have worked with Minky experienced this problem, or is it just me? If the former, how do you resolve it?

Thanks for any help!
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digigirl789's avatar
I used a dog groming brush when I was working with fake fur.
eebharas's avatar
I rub a fine toothed comb up and down the seams to get the fibers out. I haven't actually had the issue with embroidery, as I like it to lay down around the eyes and cutie marks to make them more visible, but I prefer the facial seams to be smooth. I'm pretty sure it's just minky.
thurinus's avatar
That's a good point, I guess the nap that gets sewn down just allows more of the edge of the embroidery to show through :)
Yunalicia's avatar
I rub and pick at it with a pin. I find my seam ripper isn't fine enough and I don't want to accidentally bend my needles. I usually only do this down the front seam where the mouth is and sometime around the cutie mark if it's prominent.
deeed's avatar
I haven't used minky but do find the same thing happens with my synthetic fur. I keep a (un-used) toothbrush handy and brush up against the direction of the nap and away from the seam to gently tease the fur out and fluffy it up again. I'm sure the same thing would work on minky. :)
thurinus's avatar
Time to put one of those 2565248214 toothbrushes I get from every dental visit to some use! Thanks for the tip!
Piquipauparro's avatar
those are the best ones as they are pretty soft and flexible :)
deeed's avatar
Your plushies will be plaque-free too! XD
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I've used a toothbrush and needles. But most of the time I'll just brush a needle across the seam nap a couple times and it works out fairly well. :)
PheiPlushies's avatar
Definitely going to try a toothbrush as well! I imagine it won't work that well for embroidery, though. In that case I definitely would give the needle-method a try.
ShadowedPorcelain's avatar
I have a finger brush that I use on mohair to tease the fibers out. Works for my minky too
thurinus's avatar
Ooh I'll have to try that. If it works it'll be a hell lot faster than plucking them out with the seam ripper like I do now, haha. Thanks much!
ShadowedPorcelain's avatar
It's like a fine tooth brush that is only the size of my finger. I found it on ebay I think or etsy
PheiPlushies's avatar
Haha, I actually wanted to write a mini tutorial about this.

I use a needle to pluck out the nap. [link]

It's a bit tedious, but definitely worth it for critical seams. I managed to completely hide my darts with this.

:icontwilightsmileplz:
thurinus's avatar
Ah ha! This is good to know. I've actually been using my seam ripper to tease the fibers out but it's like trying to scrape a stubble with a blunt knife. I'll try doing it with a needle under the loops like in the photo. Thanks!

Also I thought I was already watching you. FIXED!
WhiteHeather's avatar
I do that too if I'm feeling enterprising.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I can relate to that. :D
PheiPlushies's avatar
Yeah, I feel like it's a thing many people won't notice.
WhiteHeather's avatar
I mostly do it around the cutie mark applique and eye appliques more than at the seams, but if seam looks especially bad I'll do it there too.
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