ReFur Posted July 13, 2006 Share Posted July 13, 2006 I received a pm from Tryxies Trash, our resident fur-designer-in-training, about sewing fur. As I typed, I realized this might be a good topic for the den. Her question was about using a fox wrap she has vs fox pelts on eBay as a hood with trim. So here it is: Hi! I only do minor hand repairs. I use a sharp needle and waxed thread and a furbond to reinforce. Fox pelts have very thin hides and dry out within about 15(?) years, so not certain your wrap will hold a stitch well. Be careful buying pelts on eBay, sometimes they are old pelts. Old Fox guardhair can still look very nice on the surface and underneath the hide is literally turn to dust! If you tug on the fur it can come out easily in clumps! As for using a sewing machine, there are specific fur sewing machines. I have them. But, from what I can tell, the real difference with them is the superior ability to control the "fabric". You can tuck the hair back as you stitch, so you know you are actually sewing on the hide and not just the hair. The tool that is used looks like an ice pick. It also is designed to not damage the delicate hide as it moves the fur. Another feature is the fur is "in-your-face" so to speak. So, you really can see what is happening with the seam. It also allows an quality of workmanship not available with a regular sewing machine. A trick I learned in new york is to moisten the fur as you try to work with it. But, they didn't use water. They used pure alcohol I believe, in a spray bottle. But, I am not certain on this. Will see if I can find out. Or, maybe someone knows. There is one other technique that you should know about. It is like a thin sticky sheet of specially designed material called Furbond. I believe it is in our links? If not it should be. You layer it on the fur after sewn to reinforce. It is unique from other products in that it does not dry the pelt. And, it will hold up for several cleanings, which is very hard on a fur. One last thing. Pro's use a sticky seam tape along the seam to stop the fur from stretching as you sew. It is will dry the pelts if you don't remove the tape after sewing. It is important to state I have been trained for a few days by THE BEST. But, I have yet to have the guts to set down at my fur sewing machine! So, take may information with a certain amount of caution. This is an art that can take years and years to learn. And, even then there is more to learn. Check out SAGA's site on all the new fur techniques. But, it also sewing with fur is not to be feared! It is a fabric medium that is just unique. The hardest part is learning style, having patience, and good sewing skills. So, go for it girl!! I hope this helps. And, other fur experts out there please feel free to comment or disagree, or just state a different point of view. OFF, see if you can get your wonderful fur blanket lady to come in and comment. She would be a true expert on this. The reason I say this is she is a pro making blankets, pillow from used furs, fur plates, and new fur pelts. If we could get her to comment that would be just incredible!! (Pat, pretty please!!?) Linda Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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