They're hugely helpful in stuffing corners and narrow areas because you can push the fluff in with the rounded corner without having to worry about accidentally poking through your fabric like with pointed tweezers.
I used to have 3-4 pairs like that when I still lived in PA, but neglected to ask my mom for one the last time I was visiting. :x I might have to stop at the sewing shop in Sioux Falls next time I'm up there.
All of this helps, thanks! I am going to try to sew slower, and probably lower the tension on my machines a bit. I'll see if I can find some decent tweezers, too.
What Anna Bean said about stuffing as you sew is probably one of the best tips someone gave me early on. Anything with lots of twists and turns in it is going to be a pain to try and do at once unless you have the perfect tools for the job.
I found a craft tweezer set at a dollar store that has made stuffing my plushies a million times easier. Most of the tweezers weren't really useful for anything, but one pair had two flat parts that lay on top of each other that you can pinch little bits of polyfil in and stuff them into the skinny parts, so you can get it evenly stuffed without everything bunching up and turning lumpy (I'm not good at describing things, I can post a pic as soon as I figure out where I put them) .
Make sure you're using an extra fluffy polyfil rather than the kind for art dolls that tends to be a lot stiffer and bunches up into those ugly lumps a lot easier. It's good to have around for reinforcing areas that may need a bit more structure (tips of ears for example, or I always throw some into the necks of my plush bodies before sewing on the head so that the head doesn't flop around as much), but otherwise the fluffier the polyfil, the easier it'll be to get everything stuffed evenly and avoid lumpiness (and also to sneak an extra bit of fluff into a hand or foot with your tweezers if you realize you didn't quite fill something as much as you'd like after you've already stuffed a whole arm). I didn't even realize there were different kinds of stuffing at first, but it really makes a big difference which kind you're using.
I sew all of my plushies by hand as well, so I can force myself to go slow and pay attention to every stitch. It slows down production times a bit, but I get a lot of compliments on my stitching so I guess it's worth it.
For the limbs and other skinny parts, I use the end of a sharpie and push the stuffing in with it to make sure I get enough stuffing in. If it's a complex plushie (like a giraffe I made once) where it's hard to get to certain spots when you sew it up most of the way, then I stuff it as I sew.
Monika, I'm not sure what to say if I don't see a comparison of your results. As for stuffing, what I do is pull apart the polyfil a little so they're not so clumped together (this may cause the stuffing uneven.)
Stuffing patiently bit by bit suits me best. I normally stuff limbs or features that sticks out first (when its gathered with parts that are not totally separated and have connecting holes) and from time to time I poke them with tweezers to make it even more even. Hope that helps. If not feel free to ask ;)
Thanks Monika! I really appreciate your help!
It is probably made from a rayon knit, which is a synthetic fabric made from chemically-treated bamboo. You could use any cotton jersey knit, but I imagine something with 4-way stretch would be the best.
Hi everybody! I'm about to start a new project and I'm having a lot of difficulty choosing a fabric to use. I'm creating a dress similar to the black Giorgio Armani dress from The Ugly Truth (follow the link below for a picture). Any suggestions on what type of fabric its made of or an alternative fabric that will create a similar result?
If you want to see how the fabric moves, go in about 20 seconds : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRUYsVDWhM0
Thanks in advance for all your help!
:o Try flat rate shipping, it's not so expensive!
And my problem isn't pattern or fabric, it's mostly that I seem to be horrible at stuffing things enough. lol That or I tend to sew a lot faster than I should... I don't know for sure.
You're not alone. one time I made a horse for my 4 year old cosine, and it was perfect. Later on I made one just for fun, and it turned out looking like a anorexic goblin
I guess it depends on the material and the pattern you use. I guess my second horse failed, because I used a thicker yarn, and less sturdy fabric. I think it also depends on the level of difficulty
P.S: Working on your last item I think you're going to like it . Now I just got to scrounge up $20 bucks to ship it.
For those of you who make plushies or small stuffed dolls, how do you get them to turn out nicely?
I have made a couple plushies that I have been happy with, but I can't seem to get good results consistently.
I wanted to make a Krampus costume, but I also use smaller amounts for hair for my Blockhead plush characters. I found a seller on etsy whose prices aren't terribly high and who has a really great selection, so for the smaller projects I think I'm set. (She charges $7 for 1/3 yard and $11 for 1/2 yard solid colors, and only slightly more for the fancier styles with colored "spikes" and bubbles and patterns.) It's still more than I can afford for a full-body costume like Krampus, but it looks like that's about as good as it gets.
what are you planning on using it for??