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Hi Burda community ,

I am looking for some advice on how to sew a fur collar and cuffs to a duffle coat . So far I have got to the stage of cutting off the original mandarin -style collar and re pinning it as a peter pan collar . I ‘v got the fur pinned over this , so its ready to sew . I’m just not sure what the best way to sew it is …. using my machine is definetely out the question as its so bulky but should I use a special thread and needle ? Has anyone got any important advice ?

Im sure the way I have gone about it so far is not the correct method , but im really just having fun making it up as I go along ,

any advice would be greatly appreciated ,

Jackie Jack :-)


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    Oct 11, 2011, 08.47 AMby sewingfan1

    I’ve read that with fur (at least with fake, not tried real), you should shave the fur from the seam allowances before sewing them and make sure where the fur starts again, you push it away from the seam allowance so you don’t catch it in the seam at all. I’ve sewn fur a couple of times but just used normal thread. Apart from that, i don’t really see that you’d need to treat it any differently to other fabrics. Should look great! Hope it works out.

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      Oct 11, 2011, 09.14 AMby missjackieo

      Thanks , yes I can see shaving the fur at the seams will solve the problem of sewing it , great , il get stuck in now , thanks for taking the time to help me ,
      cheers x

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.38 AMby ichigogirl

    There are special needles for fur/leather, they have like a tiny flattened head, so there’s like a little knife instead of a pointy end. They make sewing leather much easier! Available in most sewing-notion-shops (fabric shops).

    I would also use a thicker thread (such as button-hole thread) to avoid the thread cutting the leather. A thimble is also really helpful.

    I can’t remember what I’ve made in leather/fur, but I have hand-stitched something, that’s for sure. My fingers still remember the difference between thimble/no thimble…. :-)

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      Oct 12, 2011, 01.25 PMby missjackieo

      Thanks for that , yes il get the old thimble out , and i see your point about the button hole thread ,


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    Oct 13, 2011, 12.47 PMby josephina

    You definitely need a leather needle – fur is not woven (unless it’s faux fur), so a normal needle will create a line of perforation along which the fur can tear.

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    Oct 18, 2011, 08.40 PMby mickeygirl

    a thimble is useful.

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