MINKY CUDDLE FABRIC
Solutions for minky fabric stretch
We can’t change the fact the minky fabric stretches (if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be so comfy and soft!),
but there are a few things you can do to reduce the stretch while you are sewing.
First, use a walking foot.
Minky is a plush fabric and Cuddle® has a nap that ranges from three to 30 mm long, so it’s much thicker than quilting cotton.
To help it feed through, it’s important to use a walking foot instead of your standard presser foot.
The walking foot will grab the top and the feed dogs will grab the bottom, and this helps it feed evenly through the machine.
If you have an even feed foot, it will work fine for the less thick Cuddle®, but if you are working with Luxe Cuddle®, we recommend putting a walking foot on, too.
Make sure to check your manual for correct placement.
Second, we recommend double pinning.
Most of the time, we pin perpendicular to the raw edge, but in order to hold down more of the minky fabric, it’s a good idea to pin parallel to the raw edge.
Pin close together along the entire edge, then go back and pin a second row about ½” away from the first row, running parallel to it.
This holds down even more fabric and won’t let it stretch or grow as you sew that seam, keeping your line straight and accurate.
Sew your seam and remove the first row of pins as you go, but leave the second row in place to hold the fabric as you stitch.
While this technique works for a number of projects, it’s especially recommended for minky fabric strip quilts.
Use a dryer to keep the minky fabric mess to a minimum.
It’s important to handle minky fabric as little as possible as you make your cuts — the less you move the pieces around, the less you’ll spread the fibers across your sewing room.
Cut all the strips/pieces at once, gently pushing them to the side of your cutting board until you are finished.
Grab a damp washcloth and wipe down your board then put all your cut minky strips or pieces in a dryer with the washcloth for up to 10 minutes on low heat.
The damp washcloth keeps the fibers from sticking to the inside of the dryer, and all the Cuddle® dust ends up in the lint trap.
Now you won’t have to worry about making a mess as you sew, or finding minky fibers caught in your sewing machine or bobbin case!
Don't feel intimidated sewing with fleece, it makes super quick cozy cuddly blankets which are top favorites with everyone.
Needle size - we like 90/14 ballpoint.
Use a longer stitch Length
Short stitch can cause it to stretch - and distort
I always increase my stitch length to at least 3.0 mm and decrease my stitch tension.
If you have a presser foot pressure dial, reduce it as well.
If you don’t adjust your stitch settings, you’ll encounter the dreaded thread nest.
for fleece, we traditionally vote for a Walking or Even Feed food when working with fleece because of the thickness and the slippery-ness of the layers
it feeds from both the top and bottom.
You don’t have to use a Walking Foot to sew fleece, but I’ve found it to be incredibly helpful because you do not have to pin as much
Fleece has a tendency to shift around, so you want to secure it well before sewing.
If you don’t have a walking foot,
utilize long straight pins or Wonder Clips ( we love wonder clips!).
Sewing with fleece is fun and rewarding, but it will leave bits of lint everywhere!
Be sure to clean your sewing machine after finishing your fleece project to avoid lint buildup inside the machine.
Consult your manual as to the recommended cleaning procedure.
Don’t disassemble any part of the machinery unless you’re absolutely certain you know what you’re doing.
This can alter the sewing machine’s timing, which can render it useless without further professional maintenance.
FLEECE IS ALL 60" WIDE - WE SELL BY YARDAGE - 36" or pre package
You may need some aid going over bulky seams
Jean a majig
Big Jig is another gadget to help with bulk
FLANNEL FABRICS HAVE ARRIVED
Flannel has to be on the list of almost everyone's favorite fabrics.
It is soft and fuzzy and makes you think of cuddling up by the fireplace in pj's.
*Flannel has a loose weave and will shrink quite a lot - better to buy more than you need.
*Prewash flannel fabric before sewing. Most important!!
*Wash in hot water to allow for shrinkage before going into the dryer
*Dry on high heat to allow for maximum shrinkage
* Pressing your Flannel Fabric is very important
* Use spray starch on wrong side and steam iron - do not drag fabric as you can distort it that way.