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Sewing With Plush Fabric

Sewing with plush fabric can present challenges. But, overcoming them is fairly easy and the results (soft and cuddly quilts) are definitely worth the extra effort.

Long-Arm Quilting: Plush Fabric on Quilt Tops


Only stretch the top enough to smooth it out.

 

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Working with Plush Fabric


After cutting plush fabric, machine-dry the pieces for a few minutes to remove the “fluffies” or “pills.”

 

Plush fabric stretches across the width, but not on the length.

 

Prepare Your Machine for Plush Fabric


Use a new needle.

 

Clean your throat plate, feed dogs, and bobbin case often.

 

Piecing Plush Fabric


Watch the nap of the fabric, especially if you want it to smooth out in the same direction.

 

When sewing plush fabric to another type of fabric, put the plush fabric on the bottom.

 

More Piecing Tips for Plush Fabric


Plush fabric tends to curl when piecing, use a slightly larger seam allowance, from 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Press your seams open.

 

Use a longer stitch length, such as 3.0, when piecing plush fabric.

 

Quilting Plush Fabric


Use a walking foot.

 

Keep your bobbin case clean.

 

More Quilting Tips for Plush Fabric


Set your stitch length to approximately 8 stitches per inch when quilting plush fabric. This allows the thread to sink into the fabric.

 

Use a lightweight, low loft batting.

 

Try to avoid the corner intersections when quilting, the thickness of the seams is very difficult to get your hopping foot over, it may jam your machine, or break your needle.

 

Long-Arm Quilting: Plush Fabric on Quilt Tops


Only stretch the top enough to smooth it out.

 

More Long-Arm Machine Quilting Tips


Use a new needle; a titanium 80/12 should work well.  The titanium needles stay sharper longer, and don’t get as hot as other needles.

 

If possible, load the plush fabric so that the selvage is parallel to your leaders. This will help reduce the stretching of the plush fabric. If you cannot load parallel to selvage, don’t crank the leaders super tight, just tighten them enough so the back is smooth.

 

Binding Plush Fabric


Cut your binding strips slightly wider (about 2-3/4” wide) when binding quilts that have plush fabric. I prefer a binding that starts out at least.

 

Machine-baste the edges of your quilt before applying the binding to provide more stability and make the binding application easier.


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