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pinkbeat
« on: October 22, 2004 10:54:35 AM »

Hello. I am by no means good at sewing. however, i am going to
attempt for sew together a tiny creature based on some of my
artwork. said creature has long & skinny legs. i would like to make
them fairly small. how shall i keep the legs skinny yet stuffed?
how do i get in there to stuff long skinny legs and then sew them?

any help would be amazing.
suzy
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cassiemarie
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2004 10:59:11 AM »

you could always just use a fat string to make your life easier?
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2004 01:45:10 PM »

I use a knitting needle to shove the stuffing in.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2004 02:13:45 PM »

If you need something thinner than a knitting needle, try a bamboo skewer like the sell for shish-ka-bobs. It will also be helpfull if you're turning the fabric outside in.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004 04:37:20 PM »

i love making my strange creatures with long skinny arms & tails.  pointy, too.  i use a chopstick to turn the legs right side out & also to stuff.  you have to use little bits of stuffing at a time, especially at first to get some in the tip of the arm, or else it'll clump & be lumpy.  when i cut the fabric it has a point & i trim that off before turning, but not too close so there's a little wad of fabric in the end.  that keeps me from poking through the end with the chopstick (not a very pointy chopstick either.) 

to attach all the arms & legs & heads & tails on my little guys i make a front & back side, pin all the parts inside like a sandwich, sew most of the way around, & then flip it right side out.  that way all the limbs are sewn on, instead of hand-sewing them.


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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2004 09:46:32 AM »

Something that REALLY helps when sewing small parts is to trace the pattern for them on to the fabric you're using, sew on the lines you traced, THEN cut out the parts.
No hassles, then, trying to match edges on teeny parts, not to mention trying to get them through the machine.
A hemostat (google it up--it's a gripping tool that looks like a pair of scissors), makes turning small parts really easy. You clamp the point of whatever part you're turning with the hemostat, then use it to help you turn the part. It also places less stress on the seams (and your hands).
Last--use tiny stitches, and don't trim seams too close.
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Something that REALLY helps when sewing small parts is to trace the pattern for them on to the fabric you're using, sew on the lines you traced, THEN cut out the parts.
what a great idea DivaLea, wish i would have thought about that one sooner....... it would have saved me so much cursing and frustration! heheh
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2004 01:00:07 AM »


what a great idea DivaLea, wish i would have thought about that one sooner....... it would have saved me so much cursing and frustration! heheh
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Thanks! But it would've never occured to me if I hadn't seen the NinaMonster tute and gone, "I wish I'd thought of that sooner!"
ALL THE TIME I could've been saved sewing teensy things--!
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