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So You Want to Sew Some Fur by moonymonster So You Want to Sew Some Fur by moonymonster
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 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!
May I ask though, whats basting the fur??
moonymonster Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
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.
NemuriMoya Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I have been doing it wrong. 0_0
moonymonster Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Lol I was too. My teacher is pretty awesome ^^
ZiBaricon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General 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 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Okay, thanks a lot for the information!
SushiHyena Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I use a ladder stitch so it makes sewing clumps of fur easier. It really helps, and it's very hardy. x3
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