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     Working with fur is fun - and a challenge. The more deluxe fur you have, the nicer your finished product will be. Deluxe furs are nice because they are thick, with a high per-square-inch "hair" count. That very quality means there are some added steps necessary in the construction process. These ideas should help you as you work with the fur.
  • If you are working with fake fur, you can pin your pattern pieces directly to the knit backing. If you are re-using a real fur garment to make your new creation, you will want to use a flexible fabric glue to afix muslin (or an old sheet) directly to the back of the fur. This will reinforce any weak spots in the leather, and stabilize the many tiny seams that make up the fur piece.
  • Once you have pinned the pattern to the back of your fur (or drawn the pattern pieces on the muslin backing of the genuine fur) use small trim scissors with 2" -3" blades when you cut your pieces out. Be very careful to cut only the knit backing (or the leather of the genuine fur)! You do not want to cut the fur itself!
  • Because the fur is so thick, sewing through all the bulk of the fur fibers can be difficult. Construction will be easier - and the finished product nicer - if you take the time to trim the fur from the seam allowances. This will give you bare knit (or leather) inside the seam. Of course, you don't want to trim beyond the seam allowance, or there will be a bare spot along the seam on the finished side of your new creation. Trimming like this also prevents a "valley" of shorter fur from running down each seam. The fur of the joined pieces will blend better, and your project will be that much nicer.
  • As you pin the fake fur pieces along the seams to be sewn, be very careful to brush the fur away from the seam line (at right angles to the seam line. A clean old toothbrush is a useful tool for this step.). This helps keep the fur from becoming caught in the seams. Real fur doesn't pin well at all, and the silkiness of the genuine fur makes it an extra challenge to sew. Try using bobby pins to hold pieces together, being very careful about the direction of the fur (right angles from the seam line!) and removing the bobby pins just before they get to the pressure foot.
  • After sewing the seams, examine the inside of the seams. You will probably have a little bit of fur from the seam allowance caught in the seam; this will make a "valley" of shorter fur on the right side along the seam, although not as much as if you hadn't trimmed the seam allowances. Use a seam picker tool to pull any of these fur fibers to the wrong side of the sewing, the inside of the seam, where they won't be seen.


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