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Exposed Seams Dangerous?

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I want to machine sew some pouches and other accessories, but I need to know if hedgehog toes get caught in exposed seams. If I make the seams hidden, will they dig and pull the threads loose?

For my sugar gliders I only use no-sew pouches in their cage because they get into everything and I'm afraid they'll pull the threads loose and get tangled. Has this ever happened to anyone's hedgehog?

The pouch I got from the breeder has exposed seams. She told me it's fine and so far I haven't had a problem. I've seen some other people put hand sewn items in their cages so I was just curious if tight or hidden stitches mattered.

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The tighter (smaller) the stitch is, the less likely anything will catch on it and pull the thread. In my experience, I've only used Stitch Witchery for hems as a temporary fix because it will inevitably will come apart after washing and drying a bunch of times. Though others may have used it with no problems; it may just be my bad luck! :lol:
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you decide to use fleece, it is sort of cushy (not sure exactly what the word would be) and when you sew it together (such as for making a hedgie bag), the fleece will sort of puff up a bit and cover the stitches. I hope that makes sense!!

hihi, what is a no-sew pouch~ I'm really interested in how it's constructed! Thanks! :D
Hedgieonboard said:
Exposed seams are dangerous. Below is a way to get around it. Cut 4 pieces of fabric. 2 will be for the outside and two for the inside. Then you stack them in a sandwhich- take an outside piece and put it right side facing up and then take the other outside fabric and place it right side facing down. Then take an inside fabric and put it right side facing up, then take the other inside piece and put it right side facing down. Sew through all 4 pieces on three sides. Turn in the right way by taking the top layer and pulling over the rest of the bag. Then roll the opening twice and sew down. It makes it nice becaues the opening will be stiffer because of all the layers and make it very easy for the hedgie to go into. There won't be any exposed seams or handstitching to do and your bag will be reversable too.

Hope it helps :)
Great idea~ I'm going to try that! :D
hihihi****e said:
mel2626: Thanks for the heads up about the stitch witchery. I bet it came off because of the high heat from the dryer.

A no-sew pouch. Cut slits along the edges of 2 pieces of fleece then tie them together. Use double knots so they'll stay tied better in the washing machine.
This one is 1 piece of fabric folded over to minimize the amount of tying. I put snaps to use it as a bonding pouch, but little did I realize that sugar gliders are masters at untying knots.

Ok yes, the tie trick~ I've done that too. I made Miss Muffet a tuffet (or at least what I think a tuffet should be for her lol) by doing that and she loves it! I can't believe the gliders can untie things~ crazy cute little guys!

Larry, I haven't used it in a few years but they probably have made it stronger since then. Because for me back then, even before washing it, it would start to fall off! But it was so much easier sometimes than getting out a needle and thread that I would just do it again and again! :lol:
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