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What's the best way for cutting fur?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Animal31, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    For two reasons:

    1. The mess!
    2. Without shortening the fur on the edges by mistake


    Thanks!
  2. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I mark the pattern on the back, then cut it with a very sharp blade rather than a scissors. If it's too soft for that I cut very carefully with scissors, sliding the blade between the fur fibers rather than chopping down on them.
  3. I use scissors but I make very tiny snips. It's time consuming but ensures precise cutting and doesn't stretch or fray the edge of the material which is better for sewing.
    Also, remember when sewing fur pieces together [inside out], to make sure no fur gets trapped in the seam by poking any stray hair back through.
  4. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Thanks guys! :)
  5. Oops, forgot to add, and can't edit the post, I always cut the backing, with the fur side down. You don't really need to brush the fur any, so long as you just cut the backing, when you're done, gently pulling your piece out, the hairs will untangle.
  6. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    Okay, another good question then.......

    What method do you use for hand sewing? Which would be the best for puppet usage? Project Puppet mentions the "Whipstitch", but how does it hold up, up until now I've been using the old "In and Out".........(yeah, I caught that too, insert snicker here)


    Thanks!
  7. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Ladder Stitch! AKA- Double Gathering Stitch, AKA-Henson Stitch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo
  8. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    You can do a ladder stitch with fur? I thought that was mainly for fleece when sewing from the right side?

    Interesting!
  9. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    LOL Sorry I was in fleece mode. The whipstitch is a good one- make certain you sew on the opposite side of the fur though.
  10. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    You can use the ladder stitch on just about any fabric. in fact, my couch is held together by a ladder stitch after it got a tear all along the back of it. ;)
  11. My sewing is still pretty hamfisted and basic- in one end, out the other, but I only use the ladder stitch when I can't turn the material inside-out, like the neck for example, which is usually smaller than the head. I only use the whipstich If I want to really strengthen a seam I know is a gonna get a bit more of a workout than the rest.. or if my sewing was particularly shoddy.
  12. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    What's the best way to keep the fur out of the stitch? I just did one and tried keeping it back with masking tape, it's tough to try to free it afterwards.......


    Thanks again for all your suggestions and help!
  13. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Trim the fur back from the seam.
  14. Melonpool

    Melonpool Member

    One thing I always try to do is have the fur lay away from the nose of the character. As long as I do that, the fur always seems to lie the way I want it to.
  15. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    When I say Trim the fur from the seam I mean trim the fur from the edge of the fur before you sew it.
  16. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    What would you suggest, about a 1/8 of an inch in and sew at the line?
  17. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Member

    Hey i seen some of these responses and need to respond on them.

    I agree with cutting the back. Use a razor, or box cutting blade. Scissors will make a mess, and when cutting the fur side, you can accidentally cut fur that will be seen in the final project.
  18. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Member

    I do a back-stitch. I think it's stronger. Whip stitches can lead to the "tension" being off when you're hand sewing & too many seams showing.

    If I'm sewing something over the top of something else (or right side out), I use a ladder stitch.

    Mostly I use my machine. because I'm lazy.
  19. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    I wish I could get my sewing machine to work! What is a back-stitch?
  20. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Member



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