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« on: April 09, 2008 01:52:11 PM »

Okay, so I took upon myself to try and do some sock dolls for an upcoming Plush show.  I have never done these before and being the crafty person that I am with unrealistic expectations I am running into all kinds of snags.

1.  What is it with fiberfill that makes it want to bunch up in the little socks and look like lumps?  How can I fix this?

2.  For embroidering details on the face using felt, buttons and embroider techniques.  The socks are proving harder to sew than I thought with the elastic give and all.  I have some fusible webbing, what if I cut out a piece just for the face and ironed it onto the inside of the sock.  Would it show up too much?  Would it make it easier to embroider?

Thanks in advance for any and all help!!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008 11:44:47 AM »

Whenever using fiberfill. you should tear it into little pieces instead of pushing in a wad at a time. Some stuffings are very compact, so use a fluffy, springy type of stuffing.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008 08:57:34 PM »

 First of all I'll address the problem with sewing the socks and the natural stretch that a knit fabric has. If sewing by machine, you will need to use a stretch stitch, or a very small zig zag. This kind of stitch will not break when you stuff. If sewing by hand, use a back stitch, not a running stitch.
 Second issue, is the fiber fill. There are different kinds of fiber fill. Some are meant for making stuffies, and others are meant for making pillows, quilts etc. Choose a good quality fiber fill, and stuff as tightly as you can without the stuffing stretching the sock, creating little holes. You can use a screwdriver to push the stuffing where you want it.
 Lastly, the problem with embroidery. I find it easier to embroider on the sock faces after they have been stuffed. You can thread your needle in such a way that there is no knot. Double over your thread, and put the two end pieces through the needle. Then Take your first stitch, not pulling the thread all the way through. Thread the needle through the loop created by the thread and pull taught. Now you're ready to embroider. When you've finished, take a couple of small stitches, put the thread into the stuffy and pull through the side or back of the head. Pull tight, and clip off so that the end of the thread disappears into the inside of the stuffy.

Also, when choosing the socks you're going to use, make sure they have a tight knit.

Using fusible web may make it easier to embroider, but will inhibit the stretch you need for the shape of the doll's head.

I hope this is the kind of help you were asking for. Grin

« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 11:56:02 PM »

I have worked with different kinds of fills - my current favorite is high-quality bedding, which is way softer than the regular fiber fill. I get that 16kilo's at a time, though.

With either fill, I usually fluff it up/ pull it apart before putting it in. I actually work with large pieces when stuffing, not small ones.

I usually embroider when everything is stuffed but not closed yet.

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