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Jean-Denis
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When I was young and was watching Henson's TV programs, I was fascinated by how the stitches on the muppets could be easily hidden.

I then became very interested by the mystery and found that it had a lot to do with the type of cloth used. I recently read in one of Jim Henson book that the type of cloth used was "fur fabric". To me, it sounds very "large" as an answer, but I found that two types of cloth are similar: Cloth used inside many cars, or the piece of cloth used for velcro.

However, even then, when I sew one of these types of cloth toghether, the stitches are still there, but far more invisible than if I used other types of cloths. Am I missing a very important key point, or is it an error to simply "sew" them? Because if I glue the two peices side by side over a third hidden one, now it is really invisible.

I know I'm asking a very specific question, and I admit that "hiding stitches" may have become an obsession for me, but I think it is part of the magic.

Thanks for your help,

J-D
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The 'muppet fleece' cloth is called Antron Fleece. Do a google search for it - the company stopped producing it a while back, but you may still find a place that you can order it from. The good part about ANtron that separates it from regular fabric store polar fleece or other synthetic fabrics is that it can be dyed using a hot dye like RIT dye. It is a fleece so it has a stretch to it but as opposed to fabric store fleece, it does have a 'fuzzy' texture on one side that makes simple basting stitches almost dissapear amoungst the fuzziness.
Good luck
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Many thanks Damien, I wasn't expecting a so specific and fast answer Smile
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