Ten Tips for Sewing with Minky Fabric

Shannon Minky FabricsLuscious Minky fabrics are so soft and smooth, they’ll make you think of cashmere and mink. Yet unlike these luxury furs, Minky is made from 100% polyester, stays soft through multiple machine washes, never shrinks and is surprisingly durable.

It’s easy to fall in love with Minky fabric when you purchase it, but once you bring it home, you may find yourself a little intimidated to sew with it. Minky is slick, slightly stretchy and can create a cloud of fuzz and lint when cut. But don’t be discouraged. With a few simple tips and a little patience, you’ll find that Minky isn’t so hard to work with, and the results are always amazing.
  1. Because Minky is made of polyester, you don’t need to worry about prewashing, however if you are using other fabrics in your quilt, it’s imperative that you do prewash these.
  2. Never iron Minky directly. It will ruin the nap and any embossing like dots or dimples in the fabric.
  3. Be aware of the nap when cutting, and if you want it to lay a certain way on your finished product you’ll need to cut accordingly.
  4. When cutting Minky, use a rotary cutter. You can keep a hand-vacuum nearby for cleaning up and/or shake each piece outside. If the fibers bother you, consider using a painter’s mask while you cut.
  5. Never cut Minky when using a stationary fan, ceiling fan or any thing that could blow the fuzz about the room
  6. Minky tends to slip around quite a bit when sewing, so always put the Minky on the bottom when you sew, next to the feed dogs.
  7. Use a universal needle size 80/12, longer stitches and a seam allowance of ½ inch.
  8. Pin closely, baste or consider using a water soluble glue or tape to help keep the fabric from slipping around while you sew.
  9. Minky should wash up great, but test a sample piece first. Wash in cold water and either dry flat or on a cool dryer setting. Minky will not lose its softness, even after repeated washings.
  10. Minky will melt, so don’t warm them in the microwave.  Minky fabric isn’t fire retardant so use caution around open flames.