Want to learn how to make your own safe cage sets? Or just want to know more about cage set safety?
When making your own cage sets:
-All seams should be hidden
-You should backstitch at the start and end of every seam to lock them in place. -Hanging tabs should be fleece or other safe material, and should be sewn between layers.
-Denim/Heavy duty needles work well and last longer, but universal needles are good as well.
-Good quality anti-pill, blizzard, or polar fleece should be used. Cheap fleece throws are not recommended as they're thinner and will wear down quickly.
-Stitches should be small and tight, and all excess thread should be cut off.
-Closing seam should be a small, tight machine stitch. Hand-stitching is generally not recommended.
-Good quality fleece should be used as inside layer. Denim can be used inside as well, for chewers. All fabric should be good quality. Knit cotton should not be used, only tightly woven cotton
-All above guidelines apply as well.
-Edges should be pinked, then a broken(or multi-point) zig-zag stitch should be used to sew layers together, and a straight stitch beside that. This helps prevent fraying, making it more safe, and makes it last longer.
-Once complete, top-stitching should be done around all seams to help reinforce them.
*Top-stitching is not required on fleece only items, but isn't unsafe. Some prefer to do this, some do not.*
-Check over the item, check the seams, pull on them to make sure they're not loose, check for and cut any loose thread(you can't always catch them all).
-Wash it, because any good item will hold up well in the wash. If not sewn tight enough, or properly, it will come apart in the washer.
-Every few days/weeks, and after every wash, check the item again(more often if you have chewers). General wear and tear can cause loose threads, and gliders sometimes chew at the fabric. This is nobody's fault, but can certainly happen.