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    Fabric Tail recommendations?

    Hey, all! I'm a lurker who has posted once before to introduce myself, but for those whom I haven't met before my name is Amy and I'm an aspiring mermaid from Oklahoma! My question is this: what fabric tailmakers do people recommend? I'd particularly like to put an emphasis on durability and quality, as due to poor health I am completely unable to work. Money is tight, but this is one of the things I have wanted to do for a very very long time! Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    Apologies if this is the wrong forum, I tried to find the right one.

    EDIT: I am a plus-sized mer, so please keep that in mind!


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    FWIW, I got mine from Lori at OnceUponAMermaid. (Etsy) She uses the better quality tricot spandex, and her seamwork (stitching) is really good - overlocked (serged) as well as stretchable. The Sun Tails monofin is FAR better than the not-so-rugged ones that Fin Fun uses.

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    Definitely recommend Suntails! I have three of their tails and the scale print is so pretty and realistic and the monofin is durable.

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    I do NOT recommend Finfun, Delfina, or the traditional magictail tails. The monofins of these brands are so tiny and floppy... it doesnt give any propulsion, which makes mermaid swimming a lot less fun. I recommend a mermaid tail with a slightly bigger and stiffer monofin. I myself am a big fan of Mermaid Kat Shop's fabric tails, the monofin is perfect for beginners and the fabric is really good!

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    I get pretty good propulsion from my fin fun. Granted I am also a swim instructor and know the correct way to swim. Plus many real monofins are too small for my feet.

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    I personality recommend Suntails

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    Thanks all for your suggestions! It looks like Mermaid Kat and Suntails don't come in a large enough size for me, unfortunately. Still researching!


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    Talk to Lori : https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnceUponAMermaid she can do a custom. And she uses the Sun Tails monofin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenFractal View Post
    Thanks all for your suggestions! It looks like Mermaid Kat and Suntails don't come in a large enough size for me, unfortunately. Still researching!
    If you have such a size you may want to add it to your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabianfrz View Post
    If you have such a size you may want to add it to your question.
    Good point! Just did so. Thanks!


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    I recommend Swimtails [the pro line is great] and Mermaid Kat Shop's fabric tails !
    Both have a tooooon of good reviews, and strong monofins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebela Hunter View Post
    I recommend Swimtails [the pro line is great] and Mermaid Kat Shop's fabric tails !
    Both have a tooooon of good reviews, and strong monofins!
    As I said earlier today, it doesn't look like Kat makes tails large enough for me. It's a shame, they're gorgeous!

    As for swimtails, I'd seen them advertising their children's tails on Facebook, but I hadn't realized they had anything like that pro line! I might be in love with that koi tail, though I'd been intending to do shades of blue with maybe purple or silver. Thanks for the rec!


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    @FrozenFractal
    You're very welcome!
    You could always repaint the tail, if you can find the right paints! I do agree, though - that koi tail is stunning and so very vibrant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebela Hunter View Post
    @FrozenFractal
    You're very welcome!
    You could always repaint the tail, if you can find the right paints! I do agree, though - that koi tail is stunning and so very vibrant!
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    True enough! I may just save the blues for when I can afford a hybrid or silicone tail. The funny thing about me liking the koi tail so much is that I despise orange! Go figure.


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