Where do we get our stuff?

 

We often get asked where we get our fur, our foam or other materials, so we compiled an extensive (but by no means exhaustive) list of sources for materials and tools. (These are not endorsements and don't get paid by any of these companies etc)

Sewing Machines

With the exception of the industrial machine which was bought second hand, I bought all my sewing machines at Hobby Sew when they were on sale. It pays to shop around so you can get the best available price (I saved up to 30% on my machines by buying on sale)

Embroidery machine - JANOME memory craft 500e

We bought this machine for about AU$2.7k, however the usual rrp for it is AU$3.5k. It is quite a nice embroidery machine with a 20x28cm/7.9x11" embroidery area. The main reason for getting this was to do larger embroidered pieces such as faces for my hoodies and kigus.

Overlocker machine - BROTHER 3034D

Purchased for about AU$500 (RRP $700?) in 2015. It is a pretty basic overlocker - nothing fancy - it is all threaded manually, but it is nice and straightforward to do so with step by step instructions on the machine itself to direct you. I use this to finish and reinforce seams on many of my sewing projects including fursuits and apparel.

Sewing machine - Brother Innovis NV610

This machine was also bought in 2015 for about $1k (rrp $AU1.5k). It is a real all-rounder computerised sewing machine with several stitch options and features. It handles a wide variety of fabrics really well, including some more difficult to sew fabrics such as minky and lycra. I do sometimes struggle fitting larger items such as bodysuits through if they are particularly bulky. I went for a computerised sewing machine cuz I liked the extra features.

Industrial sewing machine
We bought it second hand for only a few hundred dollars
. The reason we bought it was we wanted to be able to sew stuff even faster because we have been starting to feel like our current sewing machine is a bit slow. Industrial sewing machines also tend to have a bit more power for getting through thicker/bulkier seams. At the time of writing this, we have not yet actually used this beast... because we're actually a little scared of it - it's slowest speed is the fastest sewing speed on our regular sewing machine!!!

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Materials

Unless otherwise stated, most of these suppliers are based outside of Australia, which can make shipping fees quite hefty. Try and order in bulk if possible which does help bring down the overall costs (I usually order 10-20y of fur at a time)

FOAM

FLEX FOAM: We get our foam in various thicknesses in large 2x1.5m sheets from Flex Foam. They do deliver small foam parcels Australia wide, but only deliver large bulky foam orders within Victoria. You can get a foam ladder of all the different grade foams they supply (We prefer to use a fairly firm green foam and a solid charcoal foam)

Clark Rubber: You can get cut to size pieces from Clark Rubber and they have shops located Australia-wide. This is great to start out with if you are only ordering in small amounts when you are getting started or just dipping your toes into fursuit making. They only have a limited range of foam grades, but its enough to get started. Some stores also sell off cuts and large bags of off-cuts fairly cheaply.

FAUX FUR

Howl fabrics: Great source for a wide range of unique colours in shag, teddy, bunny and fox furs. They are often done in limited runs, so make sure you buy enough for your project!

Big Z: Amazing quality fur, they have fast become my go to with their wide range of colours, with quick shipping at decent prices. Their eco-shag range is sourced from eco-friendly fur mills that aim to reduce waste and harmful chemicals to the environment.

Fursuit Supplies: Their selection varies with a few unique colour finds. I have had issues in the past with their customer service (incorrect supply of order, non-responsive to emails, often out of stock), so I generally only use them if I can't find the fur elsewhere.

Mendels: Good supply of a wide variety of furs.

Fabric.com: Good supply of a wide variety of furs. Relatively quick to ship.

CRCraft: Good quality teddy and fox furs available.

Furaddiction: Some really unique fur colours available - LOCATED IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Bartfelds: Some nice furs, fairly limited selection - LOCATED IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Spotlight: Some nice furs - range and quality available varies from store to store. I do highly recommend trying to wait until you have coupons or they are having a sale before purchasing items there as they always have sales happening. STORES AUSTRALIA WIDE
ETSY: Has a wide variety of independent shops that carry some niche colours. Searching [COLOUR] solid fleece fabric" generally gives good results. Be sure to check the shops location - some will take longer to ship and cost more due to distance.
Aliexpress: Basically Ebay but for Chinese based manufacturers. Highly recommend going with shops that have been operating for at least 2 years with decent reviews and getting swatches before ordering. You can expect to wait up to 2 months for delivery, but I've generally had decent luck getting good quality fabric and items in bulk from Aliexpress

MINKY
Fabric.com: Almost every colour shannons minky available! Relatively quick to ship.

Wriggle Bots: Limited colour range of shannons minky, but quick to ship and LOCATED IN AUSTRALIA
Home Craft Textiles: BASED IN PERTH AUSTRALIA

FLEECE

Big Z Fabric: Wide range of colours including some hard to find shades.
Fabric.com: Wide range of colours. Relatively quick to ship.

TiaKnight: Wide range of colours. Reasonably quick to ship and good prices.
QRF: Nice range of fleece and quick delivery. Order by contacting them via their contact page or email to make an order - minimum 5m per colour. BASED IN VICTORIA

Home Craft Textiles: BASED IN PERTH AUSTRALIA

Spotlight: Some nice fleece colours - I try to get the polar, wide or husky fleece range as they are thick, good quality and anti-pill fleece - range and quality. I do highly recommend trying to wait until you have coupons or they are having a sale before purchasing items there as they always have sales happening. STORES AUSTRALIA WIDE

ETSY: Has a wide variety of independent shops that carry some niche colours. Searching [COLOUR] solid fleece fabric" generally gives good results. Be sure to check the shops location - some will take longer to ship and cost more due to distance.

Aliexpress: Basically Ebay but for Chinese based manufacturers. Highly recommend going with shops that have been operating for at least 2 years with decent reviews and getting swatches before ordering. You can expect to wait up to 2 months for delivery, but I've generally had decent luck getting good quality fabric and items in bulk from Aliexpress

PARTS AND MASK BASES

Dream Vision Creations: Long running store by two fursuit makers in the US. They make all sorts of products - resin and foam head bases, claws, jawsets, silicone noses and paw pads - you name it, they probably have a part for it!
MAXbasesshop: Amazing quality foam bases. They do premades and customs. Located in Ukraine, they do ship to most locations.

Chomp Studios: custom and pre-made resin and 3D printed parts including claws, 3D eyes, unicorn horns and more. They're still getting started, but their stuff is great quality! FELLOW AUSSIE MAKER!

Head Base (to build on)

Barnes: Have both the ED and ALANNA heads. Not always in stock so grab when able.