Last week I shared how to make the Cuddle Buddy Bear and easy Pocket Pillow Case Project in a partnership with Shannon Fabrics. Since Cuddle™ fabric can be tricky to work with, I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips and tricks to help keep your projects top-notch!
Sewing with Cuddle ™
Top Tips for Sewing with Cuddle ™:
- Cuddle™ is a knit based fabric with a nap. The term “nap” refers to the direction of the fibers. Sometimes, the nap can also be referred to as a pile. This is extremely common with faux furs. This “nap” is the direction the long fibers lay on the fabric. You will notice that when the fibers are pushed up or “against the nap” the surface appears to be dark. When the nap is in the down and smooth position, the surface appears to be shiny.
- Cuddle ™ fabric is a one way cuttable fabric. This means that you must be sure to plan for this when purchasing your fabric. (*It will take additional yardage.)
- Cuddle™ does not fray it is a knit based construction but be warned, it sheds! So, grab your lint roller and be sure to clean out the bobbin basket after sewing your project. Your machine will thank you for it! ps- the lint roller will also help clean up your self-healing cutting mat.
- Since this is a knit fabric you can leave the cut edge raw and it will not unravel. This is great when creating a nightshirt, pj pants or even a ruffled edge.
- Straight pins are your friend. The fabric tends to shift and needs to be put in its place.
- A ball point needle is best suited for working with this knit fabric. This will keep your stitches even and looking their best!
- When sewing larger projects with straight seams a walking foot is recommended. It will help keep the fabric under pressure by applying it evenly to both the top and bottom layers. This can help prevent this sometimes slick fabric from shifting around. (One downside to the walking foot is that it does not handle curves well. So, if you have a ton of straight stitching to do, I say change your foot!)
- Cuddle™ fabric is sensitive to heat. What does this mean to you- well, it is best to use a simple press cloth when pressing fabric directly with iron or use a low heat setting. Personally, I like to press from the backside of fabric.
- Spray adhesives work great for sandwiching batting to fabric. *Just be sure to spray in a well ventilated area or better yet, do it outside.)
- If using Cuddle™ to create an appliqué, I suggest using an overlay of water-soluble stabilizer on top of the design. This will prevent your stitches from sinking into the fabric and allow them to float along the edge.
I know that sewing with Cuddle™ can be tricky but if you follow these tips your project will look top-notch! My quick take aways are: Always check the grain direction for stretch and the nap direction before cutting.
Now, if you haven’t already grabbed the free Cuddle Buddy Bear Pattern be sure to hop on over and download it today. He really is cute and you can put all your sewing with cuddle tips to work.
**Please note that this is not sponsored post. These opinions and tips are completely my own, based on personal experience and first hand knowledge. Feel free to ask any questions. I am happy to help!
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