My friend, Rhonda Pierce, of Schmetz Needles produces a rather useful e magazine “Inspired to Sew” every few months. I thought you might like to have a look at issue #20 which came out in the summer. The whole e mag focusses on sewing with minkee, or to be exact, Cuddle, which is marketed by Shannon Fabrics.
Don’t know about you…… but I LOVE minkee or cuddle. It is so supremely soft & cuddly and just speaks of warmth and comfort during cold winter months. However, I have often been asked questions about sewing with this fabric as it is actually not the easiest fabric to deal with! It is a knit so it does stretch whereas quilting flannels don’t. And the minute you slice into it with your scissors or rotary cutter, you will have fluff everywhere……I’m not kidding. It also tends to slither & slide while you sew so pinning well with regular pins or Clover clips is essential.
There are lots of hints & tips for dealing with this tricky fabric and I really think it is a worthwhile exercise learning how to add sewing with minkee/cuddle to your toolbelt as the finished projects are so wonderfully comforting. Simply perfect for babies & toddlers, ……. & big people too! Coats, jackets, lap quilts/knee rugs, scarves; gloves; hats; baby blankets; and more. You will see Rhonda modeling a fabulous coat in the link to this e mag…..it looks like she is wearing a mink coat…..only it is not: it is grooved mink fabric – one of the versions of cuddle! Enjoy the read …..I know I did. And then get cracking with your winter sewing. The cold weather is not far off. Sorry, I know we don’t like to be reminded but we do need to be prepared with our warm cuddle projects!