Any help would be apprecited. I have been having difficulties keeping the muzzle aligned as I stitch it together. I first sew the jaw together then I do a securing stitch by hand from the nose to the lower muzzle(jaw)before I stitch them all together. It never fails after I am done stuffing the nose(muzzle)it is always crooked and where the mouth should be sewn looks terrible with the seam off to the side. HELP!! Charise from Spring Fever Bears
It may not be that the sewing is the problem. I could possibly be the stuffing. When stuffing the muzzle, you should use tiny bits of stuffing and constantly adjust it's positioning. If you notice that it is starting to shift to one side you can add stuffing to the side it is shifting towards and it will push it back into place. Use your stuffing tool to help control where the stuffing is ending up. Also, make sure when you are cutting out your pattern to always cut either inside your drawing lines (or outside) as long as it is consitant. I have found just a little difference will make a big difference.
Hope this helps
It may not be your sewing or stuffing, it could be the way the seam is laying insde muzzle. I've often had this problem before myself. If you have a look at Debbies post about centre seam help on page 2 of tips and techniques all will be revealed! Winney has a tip for changing the direction of the seams once a bear is stuffed. I tried it last week on a squiffy muzzle and it worked a treat - once straight muzzele seam!
I sell the Ultimate stuffing tool that helps alot with stuffing. Another thing to try is to switch to the other hand for stuffing the muzzle area. One other thing you can try is to stitch the two side pieces to the gusset then do the chin seam. After I fell down the steps and hurt my shoulder and put a rib out my stuffing has not been the same. All of my muzzles were off and my feet tended to turn. Now that I know that I can't stuff like I used to I have figured out how to compensate for my injury. You may just need to play around with how you stuff.
There is one big problem with Donna's ultimate stuffing tool. I find I use much more stuffing cause it packs in so much tighter!
Oh I know! You can REALLY stuff with that sucker! I just stuffed a head so hard I thought I was going to have to take some out to get the disc in. Problem isn't with the tool though Marion, it's with us!
I use to get the muzzled all screwy ....but since found it WAS the way I stuffed..
If you put stuffing on the left side of the head then .... next time put it in the same spot on the right side of the head.. makes sense....well. I really have a planned way to do it now, got it down to a science.
I start with stuffing the end nose hard with fine excelsier then add a pieces of stuffing that is about the size of a lemon ( uncompressed) one at a time and FLATLY compress with my fingers ( dont dig in with you fingers) the more you add the more you can compress..
.Then I go to the head part and lay in the poly balls all around ...then in the center ...add again going all around then again in the center...you can start compressing now...I just keep adding in a BALANCED way and compressing..
.Sometimes I will use my neeedlenose pliers to slide suff along the edges...but I always seem to get into trouble evertime I use a hard tool to squash stuffing down as it make LUMPS and hard BUMPS...differenet than the rest of the stuffings... I do better at controlling my stuffing by using my fingers to flatly compress , push aside , even out and controll the finished product.... Winney