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Date: 12/9/08 2:13 PM

Short story: youngest daughter fell in love with a white-star-on-blue Ultra Cuddle fleece fabric, wants a bathrobe for Christmas. I bought four yards of it on Black Friday - 50% off the original $12.99/yd price.

I can't quite figure out this stuff: it's definitely not a polar fleece fabric; much finer and stretchier. Sheds worse than my Golden Retriever when you cut it - tiny fluffy shreds everywhere!

I made a pillowcase out of the leftovers just to get a feel for how this stuff would sew out. It seems to do best on my serger, four-thread, with the differential feed turned way up (1.5 on my Viking 936). Otherwise the seams get very stretch and wavy.

Has anyone else sewed with this stuff? I'm assuming I should put some sort of twill tape in the shoulder seams so it doesn't stretch out of shape, but do you think I need to reinforce the serged seams with a convential straight stitch or a zig zag?

It's got the strangest "hand" in my opinion; kind of like a dry, fluffy feel, like microfiber towels. Feels like my hands are chapped and snagging on it as I handle it.

TIA!

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Date: 12/9/08 6:51 PM

I made a bathrobe for my daughter out of this same fabric last Christmas. I did stabilize the shoulders, but did not reinforce the other seams. The robe I made had a shawl collar. I did hand-stitch the facing to the inside of the robe all the way around. Top-stitching would have been a nightmare.

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Subject: Ultra Cuddle fleece from Joanns Date: 12/9/08 8:42 PM

I just made a double sided blanket with it, regular polar fleece on the other side. Even thought the raw edges were enclosed, I serged the raw edges of the ultra cuddle before I sewed it together using my Pfaff to keep the 'fur from flying'.
When stabilizing fleece I prefer 'stay tape' over twill tape, it's sheer and doesn't add bulk.
-- Edited on 12/9/08 8:45 PM --

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Date: 12/9/08 9:33 PM

Steffie, was the stretchiness of the fleece the problem with topstitching?

I chose a bathrobe pattern with a banded edge, rather than a shawl collar, hoping to avoid any other problems with this stuff.

I'm going to have to vaccuum out my machine every ten minutes!

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Date: 12/10/08 5:28 AM

http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelines/4_320_sewing_with_minkee_like_fabrics.pdf

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Subject: Ultra Cuddle fleece from Joanns Date: 12/10/08 10:04 AM

Thank you SO much for that sewing.org pdf file!!! Very helpful indeed....

I have one more trick to add: I worked on the patch pockets last night, and found that I got a great result by cutting a rectangle of fusible tricot the size of the folded over top edge, and fusing that to the backside of the fleece (used a flannel pressing cloth, low heat, lots of steam). It really helped to control the shape, and get the pocket top edge properly square.

I also cut narrow strips of the fusible tricot and fused them along the seam line/edge of the rounded pocket bottom to stabilize that line. Serged around the entire pocket to control the shedding fuzzies. Stitched a straight stitch along the seam line, and turned the pocket to the inside along the stitched line and hand basted it before top-stitching on to the robe front. Worked beautifully.

Must say, though: I have to keep my mini vaccuum close at hand - this stuff sheds beyond belief!!!

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Date: 12/10/08 11:01 AM

Thanks for the sewing.org link. After reading all posts, the fleece sounds similar to the French terry I'm using to make DGD a robe for Christmas. I made her one 2 yrs ago and it look like it snowed pink in my sewing room (this year it's red) and I kept my vac close by to clean out my sm/serger. The photos shown on sewing.org don't include the terry, but it's terrycloth on one side and smooth on the other. Even though it's 100% cotton, it does have a little stretch to it. I use stay tape to stabilize as well. Good luck.

ETA - I've since found out that the fabric I'm using is called Terry Velour. - FYI
-- Edited on 12/16/08 9:54 AM --

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Date: 12/17/08 8:12 AM

Yes, the topstitching stretched, plus with the layers of fabric, it was difficult to maneuver under the presserfoot.

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