Plush is a fun fabric to use for making projects of all kinds using home sewing machines and is available in countless colors, styles, types, and pattern choices. Yet as enticing as it may be to use, plush can sometimes be challenging to work with. For good results when working with plush on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL F600, consider the great tips below for handling this fabric and how to best use it.
Preparing Plush Fabric for Use
One of the great qualities of plush is that it does not require pre-washing in most cases. Because they are made from polyester, plush fabrics do not typically shrink. Garments made with plush should still fit just as well after washing as they did when tried on just after being stitched on sewing machines.
The only time you need to pre-wash this fabric is when working with reds because red polyester can sometimes bleed. Whether pre-washing or laundering finished items, always wash plush in cold water and then tumble dry on low heat to dry and fluff without damaging the fibers.
Pressing is also not necessary with plush fabrics and can actually damage it by melting the fibers. Therefore, it is best to avoid pressing plush altogether. If you need to lightly press your project for some reason, always do it from the wrong side of the fabric.
Cutting Plush Fabric
When you are ready to cut out your pattern pieces, take note of the nap of your plush fabric. Make sure it is going in the same direction for all your pieces so your finished item looks uniform. Once you have aligned all your pattern pieces in the right direction, pin carefully so the plush does not stretch. You may want to weigh down the pattern pieces over the fabric to make pinning without distortion easier.
Plush fabric produces a lot of lint during cutting; however, this does not damage the fabric; it is simply a result of cutting the long fibers. To achieve the best results when cutting this fabric, use a rotary wheel with a pinking blade and cut from the front.
If the plush is especially long, cut it like you would faux fur. Turn it over and cut from the back using sharp fabric shears. Then take your cut pieces outside to shake off the loose lint or gently vacuum both work area and pieces to pick up the lint. Cleaning off excess lint prior to using Juki sewing machines is important to prevent buildup in the unit.
Stitching Plush Fabric
Your best friend for sewing thick and slippery plush fabric on your Juki HZL F600 is a walking presser foot. This foot is designed to work with the feed dogs to forward thicker fabrics evenly, preventing the sticking or binding that can cause problems when stitching. Work with an appropriately sized universal or ball point needle or a stretch needle designed for knit and other stretchy fabrics.
A high-quality, all-purpose thread works best with plush, as does setting your machine to make a longer stitch. By using these supplies and by properly pinning your fabric with one pin every 1" to 1-1/2", you should have few problems sewing plush.
Plush fabric is one of the most useful and fun fabrics available to use with your Juki HZL F600 or other sewing machines. If it is handled correctly, you can make beautiful garments, toys, and endless accessories using soft, luxurious plush. If you follow the tips above for preparing and using your fabric, then the sky’s the limit for creative items you can make with Juki sewing machines and pretty plush!