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Thread: MINKY, so cuddly and soft, such a pain to sew!

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    Unhappy MINKY, so cuddly and soft, such a pain to sew!

    Am trying to use minky for backing on a quilt. Have 4 different colors of it and have pieced the back. Now, I am skipping stitches all of the time. Took the time to clean my machine out of all the fuzz. Tried sewing with a test strip of cotton and it sewed just right. Switched back to the minky, skipping stitches all of the time. I have a BabyLock Quilters Choice, which I have no problem with, until this. I am folding this quilt up and not sewing until I can figure what is wrong. Anyone else have something similar happen. Thanks. And IF I get this one done, no more minky for me.

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    Oh wow. i was getting ready to purchase some Minky if I could find it for a good price. Might have to wait to see what everyone else says.
    Sandra
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    i love minky and have used it on two
    baby quilts. but i do not fmq. i couldnt do
    it so took it to our local quilt shop and let
    her do it. she does a fantastic job.

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    Yes, the funny thing is one color of the four colors I have used is causing me the most problem. Wish I knew why, worst comes to worst, I will take apart what I have sewn and replace with flannel. Forget the minky. You know, I wondered why, it has been marked down at fabric store and no one is buying. Now I know why.

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    I would not even attempt free motion, this is straight sewing.

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    I made a baby blanket out of the "puffy dot" minky in white and put a soft white flannel on the back. I used my embroidery machine and embroideried hearts on it for the quilting. I also monogrammed it on the embroidery machine with the baby's name and birthdate. I bought the white satin blanket binding and put around it. No problems, except for fuzzies.
    I am now finishing up a quilt, throw size, for a little girl that had bunnies on it and I used white minky for the appliqued bunnies. Did the quilting on my embroidery machine without a problem.
    Hope you can solve the mystery problem. I did use poly thread (Mettler) in the quilting and appligue on both quilts. Maybe you could try that.
    Those who are piecemakers will sew seeds.

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    Funny you mention that, I had Mettler Poly in top and bottom when I started and after all the trouble I switched to Gutterman, no difference. Although, in other sewing I do like the Mettler. Oh well. I need a break from this little sewing catastrophe. Maybe I will clean the fridge???

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    Not sure what needle you are using. When sewing on Minky a ball point needle is recomended. It sure sounds like you have a needle issue. I also use my walking foot and increase the stitch lenght.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Not sure what needle you are using. When sewing on Minky a ball point needle is recomended. It sure sounds like you have a needle issue. I also use my walking foot and increase the stitch lenght.
    Thanks for the advice, almost certain I do not have a ball needle, will check. I did increase the stitch length.

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    I've never had any problems sewing on Minky (or the Joann equivalent), but boy, that stuff can shed!

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