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I’m new to sewing….I’m attempting to make a faux fur vest…I’m following the Fur Waistcoat pattern…I’m stuck at attaching the lining to the fabric…I added 5/8" seam allowances to the lining and fabric and 1.5" hem allowance to the fur…I’ve stitched the side seams and am not sure how to attach the lining to the fur…which seams should I attach first? Please help!!


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    Oct 10, 2013, 08.21 AMby katexxxxxx

    Trim your faux fur fabric back to the seamline, being careful NOT to trim the hair… Trim the hem right off.

    Place the lining inside the faux fur outer, matching seams. Your lining will stick out all the way round. Trim the hem back to seam allowance width. turn the seam allowances in so they are hidden between the two layers, clipping curves and corner almost to the seam line…

    Whipstitch by hand all the way round. Make the stitches 1/8" or less long. Ideally you want 12-16 stitches to the inch. Be careful not to stretch the fabrics as you go, or you’ll end up with a rippled edge!

    For best and easiest stitching through the lining and fabric, choose a small needle like a size 10 straw, and wax your thread. Use white bees wax and pull the thread through it. Cut off several long lengths, pull them through the wax, coil loosely on a bit of paper towel. Cover with a second sheet and STEAM PRESS! This gets the wax into the thread… Cut shorter lengths (no longer than your forearm and hand) to sew with, and finish and discard threads when they look a little worn.

    A whipstitched edge: http://assets.burdastyle.com/project_images/assets/000/052/695/76c37a6b3b65a54d6ea22b9f54d710eca5e4d314_large.jpg?1249003246

    (It shows less in fur!)

    (And yes, we finish things like this often at Jolly Dicey! It’s relaxing… )

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    Oct 10, 2013, 01.45 PMby sewinloveuk

    Utterly fantastic description above….. may I add for ease for a beginner and please do ignore if you are happy and confident to hand finish.

    You must for good finish trim the fur pile as suggested being careful to NOT go beyond your seam allowance.

    Then the GOLDEN rule 9 times out of 10….. think right side to right side. Sewing is a knack you know, we learn to think inside out and upside down :)

    Offering the right side of your lining to the right side of your fur now the pile has been trimmed, pin round the neck, side and bottom (ignore your sleeve head for the moment. Now you can machine round the aforementioned edges leaving an OPENING on your bottom edge BIG enough to turn the whole work through.

    When turned through the only hand finishing required is with a careful whip stitch your turning through hole and now your sleeve head. I would sit and carefully pin lining at sleeve head and settle down with a warm drink, some excellent music or even TV and perfect your hand sewn skills on the armholes.

    I love this bit, the sitting methodically finishing….OOOO LOVE IT! Very best of luck and remember there are NO mistake in needlecraft…. just another way we know not to do it in future ;)

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      Oct 10, 2013, 03.38 PMby katexxxxxx

      With my method you trinm the seam allowances RIGHT OFF and whipstitch the lining to the raw edge of the faux fur, treating it as you would real fur. It’s much easier than trying to trim the fur on the seam allowances (you need a pet shaver to do that successfully!).

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    Oct 11, 2013, 11.10 PMby verandal

    Thanks ladies….your advice is greatly appreciated

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