Tips for Sewing with Minky

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I have a question on your video about how to sew with minky. I’m trying to make some quilt blocks with minky, where minky is sewn to minky. I’m using it on both sides of the quilt and swear I will never do it again! Any tips to make this easier?

Submitted by Christine

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Hi! When sewing minky to minky it is very helpful to use a walking foot. This will help guide the layers of fabric through the machine evenly and avoid puckers. I would also recommend using pins, as minky can be a little slippery. This will help ensure everything stays lined up. Another tip for sewing a quilt with minky is to use a ½” seam allowance rather than a ¼”, and then press the seam open rather than to one side. This will help eliminate some bulk. Hope these tips help!

Ashley

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11 Responses to “Tips for Sewing with Minky”
    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi Kathy. You will need to use a press cloth or other layer of fabric between the minky and the iron.
      Hope this helps!

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  1. Brenda Kirkus

    My issue with kinky is the shedding. I have like 6 beautiful colors, 2 yes each, and I got it to make small baby blankets but after cutting one out, I had that stuff everywhere and I mean everywhere. Are there any tips for cutting it without such a mess? Help please!

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    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi Brenda. One thing that can help reduce the shedding when it comes to minky is ensuring you have a super sharp rotary cutter or scissors. You can also have a lint roller near by to immediately get any stray fibers after cutting.
      Hope this helps!

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  2. Anna

    Actually I have a question, need help on how to fabric with fur on the inside, do I cut the fur where the seam to be sew? Any suggestions would be great.

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    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi Anna. With minky you do not need to trim the fur from the seams. However, if you are talking about sewing with a fur of faux fur that has a longer pile, yes it is helpful to trim the fur from the seam allowances prior to stitching to eliminate bulk.
      Hope this helps!

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      • Sharon

        I took a minky class from Connie Palmer and we put the sticky Saran wrap on the fabric before we cut it and it really cut down on the amount of fuzz that occured

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  3. Dianna

    I bought an elephant quilt kit a couple years ago and one of the tips was to use fabric adhesive. That did help a lot.

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  4. Diana

    Help! I’m having lots of issues with puckering when sewing different layers of Minky together. For example, sewing a low pile printed Minky layer to a high pile Minky fur layer. My walking foot isn’t helping. I pin a lot and go as slow as possible, and with or without the walking foot, it still puckers! Any advice on what I should change to make the layers lay flat?

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  5. June Mee

    My friend is trying to make a double sided minky blanket. She has used a walking foot, 90/14 needle, even tried stabilizer and she is still having problems. Please advise.

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