>> Monday, November 30, 2009
We all love what Minkee does when put on as a quilt back. Children and adults alike melt into the soft fabric and you just want to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa. What we don't like is working with the stuff, often the stretch is too much to handle so an alternative is chosen.
Minkee has a mind of its own, hopefully these tips will help those of you who want to tackle minkee!
-Minkee stretched crosswise but very little along the lengthwise grain (parallel to selvages)
-Minkee "sheds" when cut - keep a lint roller handy! Or take your cut pieces outdoors and shake well before sewing.
-Use a walking foot to prevent the fabric from slipping as you sew.
-When sewing Minkee to another fabric, place the Minkee on the bottom.
-Pin the edges at 1 1/2" intervals.
-Use a longer than normal stitch length - 3.0 to 3.5mm - to keep the seams from puckering.
-Finger press seams open. Minkee (a polyester fiber) doesnt not like the heat of an iron.