Have you heard of Minkee? One touch and you will fall in love with this super soft material.
Minkee (also known as minky) is a polyester microfiber material with a short pile and a silky soft texture that is described as faux mink, hence the name “minkee”. It is a popular fabric for making baby blankets, robes, toys or as quilt backings. Minkee is available in a wide variety of colors and prints and embossed with textures like dimples, dots and chevron stripes.
Because Minkee is so soft, it can be frustrating to sew but with a little patience, and the right tools, you can create amazing things with minkee! Here are a few tips to help make your next project a success.
- Cut minkee using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler.
- Never iron minkee. Like with any nap fabric, ironing will crush the pile.
- Pay attention to the direction of the nap when cutting.
- Turn off the ceiling fan! Minkee is messy and the little fibers will be all over your sewing room. Keep a lint roller and vacuum nearby. You may want to take the cut pieces outside to shake them out.
- When sewing minkee to another type of fabric, sew with the minkee underneath and next to the feed dogs to help prevent stretching.
- Pin, pin and pin some more! Pin close together or consider basting the edges together before sewing.
- Use a larger seam allowance; ½ to ¾ inches.
- Use a walking foot attachment on your sewing machine. This will improve how the minkee feeds under the presser foot.
- Sew slowly.
- Set the stitch length to at least 3.5, the longer stitch will sew more evenly.
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