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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26 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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      • Sandy

        Also putting it in the dryer for a few minutes before cutting cuts down on fuzz

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    • Anna E

      Whenever I cut minky or any fur-type fabric, I mark the pattern on the wrong side of the furry fabric and use an Xacto Knife to cut only the woven part of the fabric. I then pull the pieces apart and no shedding since you never cut the actual furry part, just the backing.

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    • Karen Thomas

      Minky only shedd’s when it’s cut. I get the shop vac out, and after every cut (keep the ruler in place too) I vacuume … a lot less mess..

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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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    • Sandra Lawson

      I’h Very old school. We were taught to cut the furry fabrics from the wrong side only. The base fabric gets cut, sliding the scissors between the hair fibers. Then you pull the cut pieces apart. This leaves VERY few loose “hairs” and a clean cut edge.
      You may need to hand baste the pieces together to keep them from sliding. Once you decide that this is something you LIKE to do you will find it more enjoyable and relaxing!

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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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    • Victoria O'Meara

      Try lessening the pressure of the presser foot.
      Sometimes when it’s set to put a lot of pressure on certain materials, it can Grab by the feed dogs and not move through evenly.
      Ive learned, like top tension, different fabrics need tension adjustments.
      Same is for the presser foot pressure.

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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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    • Regina

      To keep from the seams from puckering, lengthen your stitch. Try putting minky in the dryer for about 15 minkies before cutting, it really helps with the shedding. Also, have a mini vac handy and vacuum the edges after cutting.

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  6. Regina

    To keep from the seams from puckering, lengthen your stitch. Try putting minky in the dryer for about 15 minkies before cutting, it really helps with the shedding. Also, have a mini vac handy and vacuum the edges after cutting.

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  7. Lisa

    Currently making a throw quilt with 13 stars. I have tried to cut everything perfectly and see it perfectly but it’s not coming out perfectly. Any suggestions on cutting? Piecing stars?

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  8. Deb

    How do you he T-SHIRTS? I am on the short side & t-shirts are always too long. I’ve tried hemming by hand & with a double needed. They always look terrible & I end up getting rid of them or using them for rags. Thank you for your time.

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  9. Barbara hoefling

    This is a wonderful idea. I have had many questions in the past, and never been able to get direct answers. I hope you keep this going. (No questions now)

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  10. Lori

    I’m making baby blankets using satin ruffle on the edges. My serger gathering foot barely creates any gather so I end up pulling a thread and pulling the gather by hand. Any suggestions?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Lori,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      Depending on the brand/type of machine you are using, you could consider getting a ruffler attachment as this may help you better create the look you are wanting.

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      Ashley
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