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Date: 8/19/08 6:32 PM

Someone mentioned on a message that some fleece is made from recycled plastics? How do we identify if they use flat folds with no cardboards inside with the info? Is this a bad thing for children's coats, toys, etc? Please, some Green people explain....!
Also, what's the hottest new easy-to-sew fabric? I have trouble on my old machine with knits, silkies, etc.

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Date: 8/19/08 8:59 PM

The best quality fleece is Polartec. IMO, there's no comparison. Click here. Sorry, I can't answer your other questions.

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Date: 8/19/08 10:13 PM

I would recommend avoiding both flatfolds and fleece at chain stores. Malden Mills (now called milldirecttextiles.com) was the first large scale manufacturer of Polartec, which is entirely synthetic. As time went by, Malden found a way to recycle some of our plastic-like products into another form of Polartec. In that sense, recycled Polartec is "green."

Milldirect remains fairly eco-aware, unlike many of the internatonal manufacturers, and their products, sold at their webisite and by other outlets such as owfinc.com and therainshed.com and wazoodle.com , are marvelous, both very nice to the touch and very long-lived.

At the milldirect site there are even tips for working with this easy-to-sew fabric in all its different weights and forms.

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Date: 8/20/08 12:03 PM

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Also, what's the hottest new easy-to-sew fabric? I have trouble on my old machine with knits, silkies, etc.

Bamboo wovens are some of the most eco-friendly, easy-to-sew fabrics recently introduced. They're basically rayon, but made in a more environmentally conscious way. You'll probably find mostly bamboo jersey knits, but the wovens are equally nice. Dharma Trading has some bamboo wovens (wovens are out of stock at the moment, but the bamboo fleece is like sweatshirt fleece and feels just wonderful).

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Date: 5/17/12 8:55 AM

Hoping to revive this old thread to ask Debbie about the Dharma fleece. It sounds sooo nice! I was ready to order some until I read about pilling. How big a problem is that? I'd be washing in cold water, line dry. The delicate cycle uses slow and medium spin, but I can reset to the fast spin. I'm concerned that if spun slowly it might take too long to dry and stretch out, but pill more if spun fast.The few poly fleece items I've owned have always pilled badly, including the no-pill varieties.

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Date: 5/17/12 1:54 PM

If the fleece is not labeled polartec or Maldn Mills, I take two corners of the yardage and rub them together briskly for 10 to 12 rubs. That will give some idea of it's ability to hold up. Patagonia makes great garments from fleece and if you can get some of hat you are lucky. AND I just bought some MM wool fleece! Soft, warm and rather thin for the warmth!

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