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From: alexissews
Date: 09-30-2004, 09:55 AM (1 of 3)
I am fairly new to sewing and I am looking for a little help. I am moving into a new house and I would like to make most of the decoration my self: throw blankets, window coverings, pillows etc. My first project is to make a faux fur throw blanket. I'd like to make one with a satin back in a deep brown shade. I have never made a throw blanket before. Should I get a pattern? Should a faux fur throw have an edge sewn in? can you offer any tips/advice or suggestions to assist in my project???
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From: dmoses
Date: 09-30-2004, 10:37 AM (2 of 3)
Welcome to the SWN discussion boards! :smile:

Your idea for a throw sounds really nice. I have never sewn with faux fur, but there are a lot of experienced sew-ers here, so I am sure that you will get some good advice here.

Good luck with your home dec sewing is a good place to start.
Take care,
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From: MaryW
Date: 10-01-2004, 10:17 AM (3 of 3)
Most faux fur has a nap. Stitch in the same direction as the nap is running.

This stuff can be cut with either scissors or a mat knife. Be careful, those knives are sharp!

Use clothespins or paper clips instead of pins.

Try to push fur away from seam allowance to lessen the bulk. If you have the patience, trim the fur away in the seam allowance with applique or small scissors.

Set your stitch length for 8-10 stitches per inch. Light presser foot pressure (say that 3 times fast) and loosen tension. Hold layers taut while sewing.

It may also be easier to hand knot your threads rather than trying to backstitch.

Anyone else have any suggestions.
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