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sewing with minky tips by gurliebot sewing with minky tips by gurliebot
Ah! A monster!

Anyway, here is a tutorial/tips on using minky. I'm assuming that you know how it use a sewing machine and know basic construction. :)

The techniques of this tutorial can also be applied to fleece and velour! :)

Feel free to ask me questions! I'll either answer, or direct you to a more reliable resource. <3

Enjoy!
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:icondeidaraslittlebird:
Deidaraslittlebird Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
i hear that you need a stabilizer o.o is it completely necessary to work with minky or can it be done without it?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
If you are using an embroidery machine, and embroidering things, then yes.
Regular sewing, no.
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YouTubeAddict-5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
can i do this without a machine?  Like, can i just use my hooves?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Generally sewing is much easier when you have opposable thumbs.
But yes, you can sew minky without a machine.
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YouTubeAddict-5 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok :)
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Why shouldn't you fold over the fabric and cut? Also how much does it shed when you cut it?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
when working with thicker fabrics/faux furs, cutting individual pieces reduces the chances of a bottom piece being slightly smaller or inexact.

it sheds mildly when cut.
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Pin, pin, pin~ I almost never pin, no wonder my pieces often shift a bit. xwx"
Thanks for making this!
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PonyPuffer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you sew a minky plush by hand?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes! Just make sure to use pins and a sharp needle :) it maybe a bit tough if you get to more than two layers.
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talonvaki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is awesome. I'm used to making Plushies with the "real" fake fur with the woven backing, but haven't tried Minky yet...this will be handy to have as a reference.
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Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! The visuals are really clear, and the tutorial is very straightforward and helpful. I have a question though: how do you "notch" the corners?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
To notch an inner corner, like at the neck junction or at the crotch, you either snip once or cut out a little triangle. For outer corners, you snip off a triangle. Hope that helps! :)
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Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok, thank you very much! That'll definitely be helpful in the future =D
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Meowchee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial :) By the way, does your minky shed everywhere when you're using it? What do you do about it?
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Cow-In-A-Keyhole Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've read somewhere that using a rotary cutter can lessen the shed a lot, but I haven't tried that yet so I wouldn't know. Might be worth a try if it bothers you :3
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! My minky does shed when I cut it. I usually keep a roll of packaging tape handy to pick up fuzzies. I usually wait until I finish to clean up. :) I also clean my machine often to make sure the fuzz won't affect it.
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Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great tips, I've been learning this with the last two plushes i've made... Pins are key!
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Photographer
So you don't pin the pattern to minky? And you can't double it when cutting? Huh, I didn't know that! Thanks for letting me know!
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!

Tracing the pattern instead of pinning it, and cutting each piece individually ensures that your pieces are accurate :)
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Would you recommend the same for fleece?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes. :)
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Photographer
Whoops. I will keep that in mind for the next Torchic hat I make.
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist
This is pretty awesome! I've added it to my list of resources for people sewing pony plushies. Thanks so much for writing it! :hug:
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! <3 thanks :)
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queerponies Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the great tutorial!
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3
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Tylon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artist
I never knew there were special pens for this! Is there any types you recommend? I am going to be doing bulk orders soon same sizing and would love to get a few good pens so I can size everything out to cut.

I also cannot seem to ever work with pins. My machine tends to be really difficult to move this and that through. It works good when I do the body pillows (5 feet) but when I do my regular 8-22 inch plush animals it is a disaster! My machine also tends to skip stitches for some odd reason or another not sure if there is a way to fix that as well.
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I generally use thin sharpies for pattern transferring and clover brand/nancy zieman 'trace n' mark' for when I mark for embroidery, since it comes off with a damp cloth. :)

My machine used to have issues with pins and skipping as well, but when I switched to using a walking foot, it made life so much easier! I also use flat headed pins and use a longer stitch. The biggest stuffed animals I make are around 30in, the smallest are about 5in!
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I generally use ultra cuddle and square chalk charcoal pastels seem to work best for tracing that stuff. I know that seems strange, but I can just barely press and it glides right on. :)
Haven’t tried a walking foot yet though, but haven’t had too many problems.
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I sometimes use chalk too for dark colors. :D
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, definitely. :nod:
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Krinkee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've only worked with velour thus far (assuming its comparable to minky), and from what I've experienced is that even with pinning when I machine sew two pieces together they move and sew incorrectly, making ripples in the fabric. I didn't pin every half inch though, would pinning that often fix the problem?
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Velour is comparable to minky. I actually find velour to be easier to sew, but i just doesn't have as many colors. :)
Yes, pinning frequently, as well as using a bit of longer stitch (I use about a '3' on my machine), will help with slipping and rippling. An even feed foot makes it much easier as well. My pieces often resemble pincushions!
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Krinkee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
True, I've just been using velour since I can't order minky online often and my local craft store carries velour. Thanks for the help! I've definitely been using too short of a stitch and not enough pins then, and I'll keep an eye out for an even feed foot. Again, thank you so much, this was very informative! :hug:
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3
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eebharas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is very helpful!:) I would say though, that my favorite utensil for writing on the back of minky is a ball point, regular, bic-type pen. They write clearly on the back and they don't bleed through at all!:)
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I use a white gel pen for dark fabrics myself. :D I'll have to remember about the ball point, although I've never hand an issue with bleeding sharpies.
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grandmoonma Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
don't know if I'll ever be able to afford minky, but just in case

thank you:D
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
If you have a jo-ann fabrics nearby, they always have coupons (usually 40% off!) Minky is fairly wide, so even getting a half yard is more than enough for a medium size plush. :)
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grandmoonma Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my joann fabrics doesn't carry minky. i've asked
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
that's a bummer. usually it's with the 'soft and comfy' section in my home store. fabric.com has a nice selection of minky though. [link]
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gurliebot Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
whoops. on fabric.com, look under 'Minky Cuddle 3'
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is why I use ultra cuddle at the moment. :meow:
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Beebox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Thanks! Can't wait to try it out now. Love your stuff by the way!
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starrasberry89 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
This is great, I've heard great stuff about minky, but never tips beyond it sheds a lot lol so this is really helpful! Thanks :D
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