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working with persian lamb fabric

BessieB | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi all,
on the back cover of issue 122, I am sure I have that exact fabric that I purchased from Britex. Well I am now starting a project with this fabric. I obviously can’t put fusible interfacing on, it squashed the texture, so I am now sewing on silk organza. My question now is, pressing in hems and what not, any good advice?
thank you,
Beth

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    I had a look at the photo and assume you are making a jacket. I don't know what the backing is of this fabric, am (again) assuming it is a knit. Usually faux fur is not floppy and will hold its shape without interlining. You will of course be lining it.

    Don't take an iron anywhere near faux fur, so no pressing. I have always drawn the pattern pieces on the backing and either cut with a razor blade or very sharp scissors pushed through the fur close to the base. Lots of fluff. To avoid bulky turnings, shear or shave the seam allowances. Some faux fur can be sewn quite easily but I have always sewn most of the seams by hand.

    If you will read instructions on sewing with fur fabric which I assume will be somewhere on the 'net, you will find that the technique is quite close to the techniques used for real fur.

    1. BessieB | | #2

      I was also thinking of the steam and pound with the block? I will test. But good idea, I will google sewing with this type of fabric and see what pops up.
      Thanx,
      Beth

      1. starzoe | | #3

        Don't try steam (except on a small scrap as an experiment. Faux fur is made of acrylic, steaming "kills" acrylic. The fabric will go limp and lose its naural look. I don't think I would use a block either, you want the loft to stay lofty and natural looking.

        1. BessieB | | #4

          Steam and pound works without distortion to the fabric.
          Beth

  2. jjgg | | #5

    When working with fake fur, make sure you wear a face mask. When you cut it the little bits go flying everywhere, also, if you wear contacts it can really bother your eyes (ask me how I know...)

  3. sewelegant | | #6

    The Emma One Sock fabric site has excellent sewing guides and she has one on Persian Lamb      http://emmaonesock.com/index.htm      

    1. BessieB | | #7

      yes,
      The onesock came up in the search, so the walking foot is on.
      Beth

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    paddyscar | | #8

    I'm with jjgg!!! Wear a mask or you'll be eating the fluff for the entire project and coughing it up for weeks.

    Paddyscar

    1. BessieB | | #9

      Hi,
      It wasn't too bad to work with. Steam and finger press was all it really needed. I lengthened the stitch but forgot when I put the lining in, bad me. Just got done vacuuming up the mess.
      The only disappointment was, the coat does not hang on me well. It looks great on my form, but something goes bad on me in the back. But will hope I can find someone who will appreciate this scrumptious project and it will look better on them.
      This is a very rare occurrence when things don't work, bummer,
      Beth

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