Tips for Sewing with Cuddle Suede

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So…

in our last post we showed you the gorgeous Triple Play handbag (at left) we created with an all-Cuddle Suede exterior! I was SO pleased with how it came out, but you also might recall that I had serious concerns about what problems I might encounter during the construction process.

But here’s the deal

making that bag completely out of Cuddle Suede wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as I feared.  Quite to the contrary, as long as one observes just a few particulars, Cuddle Suede is “easy schmeasy” to work with!

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1- Watch the Nap!

Cuddle Suede is a woven polyester and therefore it’s easy to sew with and to care for. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that unlike working with vinyls and leathers, I didn’t have to worry about leaving pinholes in this fabric. You can use standard sewing pins and you do NOT have to place them out in the seams areas. Like real suede however, Cuddle Suede DOES have “nap”, and you would be wise to observe it while cutting your pattern pieces out.

So what exactly is “nap”?

Fabrics with “nap”, (or pile), can typically be described as being ‘fuzzy’. Fabrics such as velvet, corduroy and of course real suede all have nap. This means that when you run your hand across the fabric in one direction, the nap will appear to be a different color or sheen than if you wipe your hand across it the other way. This happens because your hand is either smoothing down or pushing up the tiny ‘hairs’ of the nap.

This is important to consider as you cut out your pattern pieces. Make sure that you’ve turned all of the pattern pieces so that the nap will “run” the same same way on your finished item.

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It’s important to use a pressing cloth with Cuddle Suede. A press cloth can be a very thin dishtowel if you like but I use a fat quarter of white cotton muslin.

If you want to, you can press the seams open on the wrong side without using the pressing cloth… but whenever, (and I do mean WHENEVER) you press on the right side of the fabric, use the pressing cloth.

3- Facing it

I honestly didn’t have any bulking issues in the seams, BUT please know that I purposefully did NOT use the Cuddle Suede in any “facing” issue, opting instead to use a cotton fabric in a close color match. It probably would have been OK to use the Cuddle Suede for the Facing but using the cotton ALSO allowed  me to press this area flat with more confidence. Having said this however, I absolutely did not use the Cuddle Suede for the ruched edging and I also would NOT recommend it for use in any type of ruffling application or for use as a lining).

In summary- I found it a delightful product to work with and near ideal for use in bags and purses. I wholeheartedly recommend it! Cuddle Suede will fray just a tad, but I didn’t find that it caused any problems at all. And as far as care goes, it can be machine washed in cold water and tumble dried on low, or if you prefer, Cuddle Suede can be drycleaned.

And now… these were the winners in our Cuddle Suede Raffle!

Winner of 1/2 yard of Lt. Beige —Michelle Ahlgren

Winner of 1 yard of Lt. Silver Grey—Kim White

Winner of 3/4 yard of Medium Grey—Mary Ann Hebert

Winner of 1/2 yard of Cinnamon Brown—Shirley Westveer

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And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

Do you think you might be inclined to give Cuddle Suede a try sometime in the future?
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8 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Do you need to use a special foot or that slippery cloth(forget the name at this moment) on the sewing table?

    • Nope, none of that is needed. Sewing on the Cuddle Suede feels no different that stitching on cotton or any other fabric. It really is a joy to work with. 🙂

  2. I think the cuddle cloth would make a very elegant bag!

  3. Yes, I would love to try some Cuddle Suede in the near future! Thanks for sharing the tips on using a press cloth and following a nap layout!

  4. Do you have to pre wash it? I bought a type of it, but not cuddle suede and had to rip apart my project because it faded on everything including my sewing machine.

    • Good question Sandra, but i had no such problem with Cuddle Suede. I’ve used at least 5 colors (including black) and had no such problem. 🙂

  5. Where did you buy your Cuddle Suede? I haven’t seen it in fabric stores.
    Thanks,
    Debbie

    • I got my Cuddle Suede from the manufacturer, but I think you’ll see that if you google the words, “Cuddle Suede by Shannon Fabrics” you”ll find NUMerOUS places that carry it now, including AMAZON.