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Does fleece shrink?
do I need to wash/dry this fabric before I sew?
Jeannie W.
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Date: 11/29/08 12:14 PM

My apologies first, I think this is a dumb question on my part but just want to make sure. If the fleece is cotton it may shrink, right? I just purchased 12 yards of this fleece

Pittsburgh Steelers Fleece

It says 100% polyester--so I don't think it will shrink. Do I need to wash and dry this before I start sewing? I'm thinking I don't but don't want to use until I'm sure.

Thanks!

Jeannie

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Date: 11/29/08 12:30 PM

Please wash all your fabric before sewing.In addition to preshrinking it removes some of the chemicals used in manufacturing. It si much better not to have something shrink after you have sewn it. Also, my DH assists with the laundry & doesn't sort each piece. I frequently find my nicer work clothes in with the jeans in the hot dryer instead of on low.

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Date: 11/29/08 12:35 PM

It is not supposed to shrink because it's polyester, but I've had fleece shrink before so now I always pre-shrink it (washer and dryer).

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Date: 11/29/08 12:40 PM

As far as I know, 100% polyester anything doesn't shrink, but I wash fleece before sewing because I think there's an oily film on poly fleece from the manufacturing process. You don't want to end up gumming up your sewing machine. Twelve yards is a lot of fleece. I purchased cotton flannel (36 yds./ 3 - 12 yd. cuts) and had to use a large machine ($4.50 per machine, too) at the laundromat for each 12 yard piece. Fleece dries quickly in a dryer on a low setting. I'd use the large dryer at the laundromat to dry 12 yds. of fleece, too. If you can cut it into smaller lengths, you can use your own washer and dryer.

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Date: 11/29/08 4:39 PM

Fleece is wool from sheep.

Polar fleece is an alternative to wool that can be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

Wash everything - you never know what it has been exposed to. Polar fleece doesn't shrink, but it could melt if you touch it with a hot iron.

When sewing, you will need to clean the bobbin case and surrounding area, including the feed dogs as it leaves a lot of fuzz behind.


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Date: 11/29/08 6:21 PM

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Fleece is wool from sheep.

Polar fleece is an alternative to wool that can be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

I don't think that many ordinary fabric stores carry genuine wool fleece, so... in this context it seems safe to assume that fleece = polar fleece.

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Date: 11/29/08 10:16 PM

Prewash anything you plan to sew and wash it as you intend to wash the finished item.
Fabrics are often pretreated and some of the chemical used can cause an allergic reation with some people. Not to mention skipped stitches and generally gunking up the machine.
When I purchase any fabric I always pretreat(or prewash) the fabric and after it's been washed I trim a small triangle off of one corner. That tells me at a glance that the fabric has been prewashed and it gives me a sample of the fabric to carry with me for matching whatever notions I may need to the project I'm making.
Id I'm accidentally organized I can create a swatch card with the fabric for inventory or matching. Unfortunately I'm seldom that organized

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Date: 11/29/08 10:35 PM

I know - it was just a pun.

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Date: 11/29/08 11:14 PM

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I know - it was just a pun.

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Date: 11/30/08 12:55 PM

Polyester fleece isn't supposed to shrink, but I've had some that did. Add the comments others have made about residues, and I go ahead and prewash and dry just about everything. It is a pain when you have a really big piece of yardage.

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