Sewing Machine for sewing Faux Fur?

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#1 Terrie V Little on 2 years ago

So I want to know what sewing machine is good for sewing faux fur. I'm trying to make a fur boa for a costume.
I sew with [URL=""]this machine[/URL](my sewing machine is exactly what is in the photo), and the needle snaps each time I tried sewing Faux Fur together. Do I need a different sewing machine for this? Am I doing something wrong?

#2 lunaflora on 2 years ago

You may just be using the wrong needle. What size needle are you using? Perhaps you should trying using a thicker one.

#3 CapsuleCorp on 2 years ago

HOW are you sewing it? Are you sewing it with the fur to the inside so that the needle on top and the feed dogs on the bottom are touching the woven backing, not the fur? Are you using a standard needle, not a lightweight needle?

I have never had a problem sewing faux fur on my ugly little Kenmore, there really should be no reason for the needle to snap unless you're basically sewing it incorrectly. If you're trying to go through more than two layers at a time, it might be too much. If you're sewing with the fur out, meaning the presser foot and the feed dogs will not grab the fur and pull it through the stitch. That forces the machine to just sew in place and the strain of being unable to move the fur through the machine sometimes contributes to needles breaking. Thirdly, if your stitch length is too short, meaning your stitches are too close together and the needle is basically sewing in place instead of moving the fur through the machine. Those are the only situations I can think of that would contribute to the problem.

Use a standard needle or heavier, put your stitch length on a longer setting, and don't try to sew with the fur side touching either the presser foot or the feed dogs. Right side to right side and seam it, so that the woven backing (the wrong side) is "out."

#4 Penlowe on 2 years ago

CC I don't think your Kenmore is the same as this one. OP, is that machine less than 16" wide/ under 10 pounds? I believe it's the Janome Mini (because Kenmore is just a name that gets popped on other manufacturers products). As much as I like Janome (I have 2) that specific machine is a 'learning model', i.e. it's way too wimpy for what you are trying to do.

We have very basic Brother machines at work. We often have students come in with military uniforms to craft or sew patches on. They struggle, because our machines are not heavy duty, and military uniforms definitely are heavy duty sewing. I say "if this was a car, it would be a Kia Rio. Cute, quick, plenty of bells and whistles to make your commute comfortable, get you back and forth to work with minimal gas use, but you can't tow a boat to the lake with it".

Sewing faux fur = boat towing

#5 CapsuleCorp on 2 years ago

Ahhhhh yeah no that's not what I would consider a basic machine, now that I look at it. (I admit not looking at the model because most of the time the issue is how a thing is being sewed, not what machine is sewing it)

If the motor of the machine isn't powerful enough to sew anything heavier than quilter's cotton, then it's not worth having for cosplay, period.

#6 Terrie V Little on 2 years ago

Sorry for my late reply, I totally forgot I asked this question.

To answer your question about my sewing machine; yes it's less than 16in long. So, what should I do? Get a brother sewing machine?
I figured this was the wrong machine to use for what I do. And the needles I use for my machine are very thin and small, it won't take anything larger.

#7 Penlowe on 2 years ago

Don't toss the little machine. It'll be great to take to cons for quick repairs. It's really not a bad machine, just not suited to your purposes. [think of it like Chris Farley's famous "fat guy in a little coat" skit from SNL. Nothing wrong with the coat, just it's use]

The needles aren't really an issue as the shanks are universal. You have to make sure you buy the right type (i.e. standard, leather, jersey, etc.) but the fitting the needle into the machine is truly universal, like even those big six head commercial embroidery machines use the same needle shank.

As to brand, it's what fits your budget and space. Shop around, save up, think hard about your space to work, traveling with it, etc. An older all steel geared machine from Goodwill might be the best investment. Use your new little one for button holes and sewing jersey, use the old work horse for fur, leather and all that heavy duty stuff.

I shopped around a lot when I got my machine ten years ago. I knew I'd be sewing costumes and my research led me to quilting models. At the time my budget was large, but you can get similar gearing & power for well under what I paid. [this is the latest version, mine wasn't that much. mine goes that fast though and I loooooovvveeee the speed] [url][/url] [Don't get me wrong, I love my machine, and all the bells and whistles it has. Just trying to clarify it's not necessary to spend a lot]