Sewing Tip – 6 Steps to Sew Minky Fabric Like a Pro!

We all love the feel of fabric because it’s so silky soft and cozy! Sewing with the Minky fabric for some of my friends has been more of a horror story instead of the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from the Minky fabric. Have you heard some Minky horror stories too? Well, I figured how you can avoid those horror stories in 6 easy steps. (Warning: If you don’t follow these steps you are taking a chance of throwing that project in a drawer never to be seen again, or better yet, the project may end up in the trash!)

So here’s how to take control and create beautiful cozy projects!

Until yesterday, I never found it necessary to use Minky fabric in any of my projects! My husband purchased a Minky blanket and wanted me to cut it in half for seating in his man-cave! I must admit after hearing the horror stories I was afraid to cut the blanket and wanted to make sure that I cut it correctly, without it slipping and sliding on my cutting mat. Some people say you should use a rotary cutter, but my fabric scissors worked well for the initial cut.

Trim ad Pin Minky

Once I got up the nerve, I made a straight cut. The sewing, clean-up, and hand-stitching the small openings I used to turn the blankets to the right side took less than an hour.

Here are the six steps that you can take to avoid disappointment and frustration!

  1. Use a leather sewing needle-this pierces through the fabric and the other layers you’ve attached to the Minky fabric with ease.
  2.  Use a knit presser foot to help keep the Minky fabric from sliding and bunching.Leather Needles and Knit Foot
  3.  Use a 4.0 sewing tension to keep your stitches and the fabric from bunching, and to eliminate bobbin issues.
  4.  Use extra pins to keep your layers together — Use 1 inch seam Sewing Minky
  5. Now you can use your rotary cutter to trim the edges.Trim Minky Seams
  6. Turn to right side, pin and hand stitch opening closed Hand stitch

That was painless and the project will move along quickly and as smooth as butter! 

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Minky Project

 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Very good advice Sheila, as this material can be tough to work with 😀

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    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! I thought this info would be helpful.

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  2. slfinnell says:

    I sure could have used this 4 months ago! Good to know about the leather needle and the knit foot. My attempt with the walking foot was no bueno. lol

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    1. lacartera says:

      😂Don’t forget to pin it for later. Believe me I’ve heard stories that usually end with throwing the project in the trash.

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  3. Great tip on the needle. Now that you have overcome your minky fear… Are you thinking what your next minky project will be. 🙂

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    1. lacartera says:

      Hahaha! Maybe, I’ll create something for the kids, but nothing comes to mind. 🤔 I got it…Can you imagine Minky poufs?

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      1. oh- yeah….niiiiice. 🙂 Don’t get me started :-)…

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