66 responses

  1. Dazie
    February 27, 2012

    You are a star!!!! I ordered some minky yesterday and it should arrive tomorrow. I have never sewn it before and was a tad nervous. However I feel a little more confident about it after reading these tips!

    PINS At the ready!

    Dazie
    x

    • Anonymous
      March 23, 2012

      thanks for the advice.

  2. Addie
    February 27, 2012

    Thank you!

  3. Southern Gal
    February 27, 2012

    I’ve never sewn with minky before. I do have a walking foot that I haven’t used so I guess it’s time to purchase some minky! Great tips.

  4. Andrea
    February 27, 2012

    thank you for posting this, I have the hardest time with minky!

  5. Katy Cameron
    February 27, 2012

    Ooh, great tips, thanks! Trying minky is on my ‘to do’ list, and you’ll be pleased the know my walking foot is barely off my machine ;o)

  6. Jenni
    February 27, 2012

    i sewed with minky for the the first time a few months ago and the best advice you gave was to use LOTS of pins!!!! i sewed a chenille blanket using minky as my backside! tons of work, but so beautiful of a result!
    i don’t have a walking foot, just used a regular foot, so it can be done! but plan on working with the fabric more so i will look into getting one!

  7. Christi Harrison
    February 27, 2012

    this post could not have come at a better time because i’m making a quilt right now and minky makes the bottom of it. so helpful! Thank you!

  8. Cameron Meerdink
    February 27, 2012

    Thanks for all the tips! I might be ready to tackle mine now, too!

  9. Anonymous
    February 27, 2012

    Thanks for the great info! I’ve sewn chenille into several quilts before and have many of these same problems. Do you think the same tips would work for chenille too? If not, I would love to see you post tips on incorporating chenille into a quilt with mostly “regular” cotton. Thanks

  10. Unknown
    February 28, 2012

    This could not come in a better time!!! I am just planning to sew Minky as the back of my quilt and I was wondering it can work for a back of a quilt with the seams and all – would love to know what you think!
    thanks!!!

  11. Jowyn Jenson
    February 28, 2012

    Thanks for these tips. I have some Minky laying about (that will eventually become a baby blanket back), and I’ve never used it before, so these tips will help a lot.

  12. Patrick, Ashley, and Audrey
    February 28, 2012

    Hi! thanks for the tips. i have been avoiding minky…..maybe I will try it now. Where is that bunny fabric from? who makes it! I love it!

  13. shirley
    February 28, 2012

    Thanks for the tip.. I am using alot of minky.. 5 new gbabies… But I love the Bunny fabric, Did you add the bunnies to the flannel? will you email me at funnymesjc@gmail.com

  14. lej619
    February 28, 2012

    thanks for the pin advice! hehe
    have you used basting spray?? I use the spray all the time (not on minky yet) wondering if you have??

    • Danielle
      January 13, 2014

      I LOVE basting spray! I use it all the time and it saves TONS of time. I made a quilt with Minky on the back this summer and used the spray and it worked great!

  15. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012

    Are you using a batting with the minkee as the backing?

  16. Sew Much Ado
    March 1, 2012

    lej619 – I’ve never used basting spray, but I’d love to hear how it works if you try it!

    anonymous – I wouldn’t normally use batting with a minky blanket, but you could if you wanted to.

  17. Anonymous
    March 4, 2012

    I agree that sewing with minky fabric can be a pain, but it is so nice when it is done. I just sewed a rag quilt for a full sized bed and I used minky fabric on the back. It makes the edges rag so much better! Just beware of all of the lint flying all around from it. It has taken me weeks to get all of it off of the furniture!

  18. Angela
    March 6, 2012

    When I sew with minky I use either a fabric or Elmers glue stick in stead or along with the pins. It keeps it from slipping and washes out very easily!

  19. Anonymous
    March 8, 2012

    I have backed a couple toddler quilts with Minky. I used spray basting to stick it all together before sewing. It worked AMAZING!!!!

  20. Vickie Black
    May 1, 2012

    I get minky at 75% off a lot and use for baby gifts. Thanks so much for the tips. Blankets, loveys, toys and skirts with tuille added are some of the things I make with minky.

    • Donna
      March 13, 2014

      Where do you find monkey 75 percent off

      • Donna
        March 13, 2014

        Minky

  21. MamaToMany
    July 8, 2012

    I’ve NEVER been successful at sewing with minky! I love it’s feel, but get nauseous when I think of using it. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I’m going to order a walking foot, and try again! Thank you!

  22. Jessica Fetty
    August 25, 2012

    To keep minky from stretching I use strips of muslin or other scraps to use as a twill tape. I bet seams great would probably be good to use if you are making clothing. Good luck!

  23. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012

    I purchased some wondet clips from Joanns (with a 50%of coupon). made sewing minky a breeze!!

  24. Holly
    November 17, 2012

    I am having problems with my thread breaking!! I have rethreaded my machine several times, put a new needle on and I am using a walking foot…any idea why my thread would be breaking.Oh, I do have my tension set to automatic. I’m just trying to hem the minky (making pants for my 15 month old) and can’t get the hem done from all the breakage. Thanks for any advice!
    Holly

  25. Sew Much Ado
    November 19, 2012

    Holly – I’m sorry, I know that’s frustrating! You’ve checked all the most important things it sounds like. Are you using a bobbin that you’ve used before with your machine? Sometimes a machine can be finicky if it doesn’t like the brand of bobbin. The other thing that I’d try is a different brand of thread. Some machines don’t like certain brands (I always use Coats brand and haven’t had any issues, but I know others who’s machines don’t like it). Lastly, I’d check your walking foot and make sure that all the mechanisms are moving like they should, in case it’s catching the thread somewhere. Let me know how it goes!

  26. Rebecca Rico
    November 19, 2012

    I am trying to make a baby blanket with minky and cotton. Someone mentioned adding “something” between the layers so the minky doesn’t stretch. It sounded like “witch stiching,” any thoughts on what she might have meant?

  27. Sew Much Ado
    November 20, 2012

    Rebecca – I’m guessing they meant “stitch witchery” that melts when ironed, and acts like glue to hold two pieces of fabric together. I can’t say I’d recommend using it with minky, as it will stiffen it up quite a bit – do you know what they suggested to do with it exactly?

  28. Rebecca Rico
    November 20, 2012

    Hi! Thanks for getting back to me. The lady cutting my fabric said that minky stretched a lot and may cause the the blanket to sag on the minky side. I was hoping to avoid this problem. Thoughts from your experiences with minky?

  29. Sew Much Ado
    December 3, 2012

    Rebecca – Minky does stretch, but I haven’t had any bad experiences with it stretching bigger after it’s sewn to the cotton. I think using a good quality minky would help, and you could also do some quilting through both layers (even an “x” from each corner to corner) to hold it in place if your worried about it. Hope that helps!

  30. Debbie
    December 13, 2012

    Just in time to work with Minky, thanks for the advice :)

  31. Elisebet F
    January 2, 2013

    I’ve sewed with minky a couple of times. I need to get a walking foot, but in the meantime I placed tissue paper over the minky, and that helped a lot. The tissue paper breaks away easily after sewing.

  32. Anonymous
    January 3, 2013

    Would tear away stabilizer work under the Minky to keep it from stretching?

  33. Val Standish
    January 5, 2013

    I have used basting spray, and it worked really well. I’m sure Holly has found a solution to her thread breakage issue by now, but I’m suspicious of her needles. I always use a Schmetz brand Microtex fine needle when working with Minky or other microfiber fabrics. I also change my needle after every project, or after 10 hours of sewing machine use. The issues I have with my machine have been virtually eliminated by this habit, and regular cleaning, especially after using a shedding fabric like Minky.

    • Donna
      March 13, 2014

      Amen

  34. FlyAwayHome
    January 17, 2013

    I just finished up my first (possibly last) minky blanket. I had a heck of a time with it but now that all is “said and done” – I love it!

  35. Anonymous
    January 17, 2013

    I’ve been sewing for years but have never experienced minky until I decided to make a quilt using it, chenille and flannel. So far the sewing is a pain but the blocks look OK. Yes, do PIN! Yes, sew with the minky on the bottom. Will let you know how the project comes out. Already knew how badly it sheds since I work in a quilt shop. Grin!

  36. Anonymous
    April 7, 2013

    Thank you so much for these wonderful tips. I’ve only sewn with minky a couple of times and struggled with it. I love the fabric and can’t wait to make a blanket for my unborn baby girl now!!

  37. Anonymous
    April 10, 2013

    I have my minky pinned and ready to sew….I keep putting it off! I fear I will mess it up!

  38. Domenica Tootell
    May 2, 2013

    Thanks for the tips. I also adjust the pressure of my presser foot when sewing with minky. this helps reduce the slipping as well.

  39. Jeane
    May 31, 2013

    I bought two pieces of minky the same size 1 1/2 yards each. The color & patters I wanted. I tried to put them together but it was like one of them was not cut on the grain. Very frustrating. No matter what I did they would not line up. So the blanket sags. Gr… Two other pieces the same size are fine?? Any ideas? what did I do wrong? I did pin the heck out of it. Help!

  40. Bscholze
    June 15, 2013

    Pick a beautiful day with a breeze. Set up your cutting mat on the patio table, cut and shake out your pieces. No clean up, and soft fuzzies for the birds! I also set up a shirt box and sprayed and pieced 95 blocks.all in an afternoon enjoying the beautiful day!

  41. Kathy Young
    June 23, 2013

    I love minky, I use it on the back of quilt.So cozy.I was not afraid to use it but it is difficult to work with but I will definately use it again,the comfort and quality is solo worth it.Thank you for the tip on the walking dog!

  42. Megs G
    August 12, 2013

    Thank-you for helping me feel less nervous about my sewing task. I will be employing all of these tips.

  43. Marzetta
    August 25, 2013

    I’m glad to find these comments too! Currently working on a few 3″ tall bench cushions with minky running around the 3″ outer edge and cotton fabric on the top (sitting surface) and bottom. Oh and some dreaded piping on each edge of the minky which was cut in a l-o-n-g 4″ strip. I couldn’t figure how to use my walking foot in place of a zipper foot to attach the piping:( Just the act of sewing the piping on stretches the minky, never mind the attaching the top and bottom fabrics. I tried 500 pins, then I tried hand basting. I haven’t tried an “iron on” since so many tips I’ve read caution against ironing. Hopefully staystitching and/or hem/twill tape will eliminate the stretching issue. In any case there will be a big celebration when and IF I ever finish these!

  44. Anonymous
    September 2, 2013

    Be sure to lengthen the stitch on your sewing machine! I use 3.5 when sewing with Minkee. That will also help with stitches that break.

  45. jo
    October 18, 2013

    The minky needs to be washed before using it, as well. The reason for this, is that they spray it with a pesticide to keep bugs from getting into it. This needs washed out before using it as a blanket or anything else. Just an FYI, because you mentioned that it doesn’t need washed before sewing, I just wanted to make sure it does get washed before giving to a baby. I love your tips, tho. I am not a big sewer, and need ball the help I can get. Thank you!!

  46. Cheryl in PA
    November 4, 2013

    I used minky for the back of my extra large king quilt. All your advice is spot-on! The only other thing I did was to tape the minky to the floor before pinning it so it did not slip or crease/fold over while in the process of pinning. I love the minky on the back of my quilt!!!

  47. Caz in the UK
    November 15, 2013

    I have just finished my 3rd quilt using Minky for the backing !
    I use 555 spray on the Minky backing …. Batting and quilt top …..I also only use cotton batting ! This works fantastic with no movement at all ! No pins required ……also a walking foot is a must ! as is a longer stitch length ! Mine is set at 4 when using Minky ….. Another thing to bare in mind is the quality of the Minky ….. The better the quality ithe better the result ……

  48. sue
    November 24, 2013

    i love the minky blankets and have everything to get started. my question is how do you keep the center of the blanket together with the lining. i don’t want to put stitched in the center. i suppose if i make it small enough it might stay together by itself. any ideas?

    • sewmuchado
      November 25, 2013

      I don’t usually stitch through the center, for baby blankets they seem to stay together just fine without the front and back getting out of place from each other :).

  49. M Williams
    November 26, 2013

    I have not yet tried this but was recently told to try using a wash- away stabilizer in between the minkee & whatever it’s being sewn to. I’ve definitely had issues sewing with minkee & I’ve found personally I have to pin it to death!!

  50. Ray
    November 30, 2013

    I just purchased a charm pack of 5 inch Minkee squares. What kind of mess would I be in if I washed them first. There is lint, fuzzies everywhere.

  51. Teri
    December 5, 2013

    I am getting ready to make Minky monsters, has anyone made stuffed animals with it? What about the spray stabilizer, trying to get it out of a stuffed animal???

    • sewmuchado
      December 11, 2013

      Hmm, I haven’t made any myself, but I’d love to hear how it goes!

  52. linda r
    February 10, 2014

    Great advice to use minky as the bottom layer and I figured out the pin and more pins rule a while back. It does save headache of puckering later. I love minky but does have a mind of its own!

  53. Beverly
    February 17, 2014

    what kind of needle do you use? just bought some minki and am starting to make a baby quilt.

    • Donna
      March 13, 2014

      Schmetz – microtex needles

  54. Adrienne
    February 23, 2014

    Has anyone had any problems with quilts falling/ slipping off beds that have minky on the back of them?

  55. Selena
    April 5, 2014

    Hi! I just tried sewing with minky for the first time and paired it with cotton. I’m having problems doing the topstitch. I can’t seem to get the tension right. I end up either having loops on the bottom or the bottom thread being pulled through to the top. I use a Brother machine. Any tips to help? I’m a very newbie sewer. Thanks!

  56. april
    April 9, 2014

    Selena, everytime I have had a problem with the bottom stitch looping it has been a dull or ever so slightly bent needle.
    I change the needle and the problem is solved. I agree with the person above….change your needle very often and make sure you are using the correct needle for the correct material. Needles are pretty inexpensive with a coupon and are well worth the investment for no frutstration.

    • Selena
      April 9, 2014

      Hi April, thanks for responding. I changed the needle but still had the problem. Googled and found out what it was though! Rookie mistake :) I threaded the bobbin thread under the machine’s plastic guide, but it didn’t catch the metal guide beneath it! Once I got that right the problem was solved. Hopefully this will help sm other newbies like me!

  57. Liz
    April 15, 2014

    I’m making a quilt for my niece’s new baby. I was going to back it with minky. This is my first time working with it and appreciate all the tips. Would you quilt through all layers as usual? I’m debating if I should just stitch in the ditch. I don’t want to ruin all the bumps. Thanks for any suggestions.

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