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7 Tips to Eliminating Frustration When Using Minky Fabrics

Posted: 17 November 2015 at 9:47 a.m.

Tips for using Minky Fabric

We love the feel of Minky fabrics.  So cuddly, warm, and perfect for snuggling!  It’s a wonderful fabric, but we frequently hear, “If only it were easier to sew with!”

Never fear, there are ways to make sewing with Minky less of a challenge!  Today we’re discussing 7 tips on how to eliminate frustration when using Minky fabrics.

1. Get Rid of That Fluff!

Not entirely, of course.  Minky tends to have a lot of loose fuzz.  It’s almost like stitching a Muppet costume for all the fluff that ends up in the machine, the floor, your hair, etc.  Prior to cutting or pinning, take your fabric outside and give it a good shake.  Keep your vacuum or lint roller nearby when cutting.  Your machine and your home will thank you for it!

2. Pin Like Crazy

Pins are your best friend with this fabric.  Minky behaves best when pins are placed 1-1.5” apart.

3. Use a size #90/14 Topstitch needle

Minky is a bit thicker than cotton fabric.  The thicker fabric can be more abrasive on the needle and thread.  Using a larger #90/14 Topstitch needle protects the thread and ensures less thread shredding and breaking. 

4. Use a walking foot

Do not stretch Minky while sewing.  Using a walking foot maintains even pressure and avoids stretching.   The walking foot also prevents slipping.  For more stability, try hand basting prior to quilting. Lengthen your stitch to 3.0-3.5 mm.

5. Understand Nap 

The nap of a fabric is the direction of its pattern, but in Minky’s case it’s the direction of the texture.  If you iron Minky it will ruin the nap (so don’t even think about it!).  Another fun fact is Minky doesn’t stretch lengthwise, it stretches on the crosswise grain and bias.  Be sure you have your stretch in the right direction prior to stitching!

6. Use a Rotary Cutter

It’s much easier to cut Minky with a rotary cutter.  Rotary cutters ensure clean, even lines.  Keep in mind the nap when cutting!

7. Clean your Sewing Machine

It’s a definite must to clean your machine after you’ve finished sewing with Minky.  If you see your stitch quality start to deteriorate mid-sewing, it’s a great idea to stop and clean out your machine and possibly change your needle.

Follow these tips for an easier time quilting with Minky.  Today we had only time to share 7 tips, but we know there are more!  Please share your tips for sewing with Minky in the comments below!

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  • 4. Deb (19 July 2017 at 3:47 p.m.)

    I make lots of things with minky! Love the results, don't always love the mess. I've learned how to minimize though! When I have items to make, I try to maximize my cutting time and minimize my mess. I set up an 8 ft folding table in my back yard, and cut...cut...cut.! Once I have a piece cut, I shake it to get off excess "fur".Once I've cut everything I want, I"shake"the remaining piece,so loose "fur" isn't packed away. Sometimes I cut multiple pieces and label them, to make my job easier, as I don't usually get everything sewn at once. This has made my projects, much more enjoyable!!! Hope this helps someone!
  • 3. Susan (19 November 2015 at 9:44 a.m.)

    I used a serger on a baby blanket edges, then used a sewing machine to attach the ruffled binding.
  • 2. Jean (19 November 2015 at 12:08 a.m.)

    I always throw my Minky in the dryer on fluff dry for 15 to 20 minutes to remove the fluff and make it easier to work with.
  • 1. Cozette (17 November 2015 at 1:05 p.m.)

    I made a pieced baby quilt with Minky a 2 or 3 years ago. I stabilized the edges with strips of stabilizer. I believe I used a soft fusible. I also used a walking foot.

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