I wonder what is the best way to stuff teddy's arms and legs ,either before or after jointing them to the body?
I presently stuff the limbs then attach them to the body but I've noticed in photos on experienced bear artists blogs a teddy's head attached to an empty body with empty limbs.,does it make a difference?
Hi, Renee. What works for me is to attach the finished head to an empty body, then stuff each limb up to the point where the joints will go. I then attach each limb to the body and stuff it (body). The last thing I do is completely finish stuffing each limb and sew up the openings. I don't know how others prefer to do it . . . I'm sure there are different methods that work just fine.
I do the same as Sue Ann, but as I'm closing up with the ladder stitch, and that opening is getting smaller and smaller, I'm still adding bits of stuffing as needed to get the firmness and shape that I want. (I found out early on that if I simply stuffed and then closed the seam, I'd end up with too-soft shoulders or uneven firmness on the two sides.)