Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Fabrics and more... > fleece ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
fleece
Calendria
Calendria
Advanced Beginner
AK USA
Member since 7/4/05
Posts: 603
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/30/11 1:19 PM

i am wanting to make a warm fleece poncho for winter. the only thing is i don't know which kind to get ~Generic anti-pill fleece, polartec? etc, etc?

and i'll be buying online. anyone have good experiences with reputable sellers they'd like to share?

Sauvage
star
Sauvage  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
MA USA
Member since 7/22/09
Posts: 682
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/30/11 11:41 PM

Calendria,

I have ordered online from this store, which sells original Polartec and a bunch of variations:
Mill Direct

I was also there physically back in the day, when it was the Malden Mills factory store and you could get scrap fleece by the pound. (They're online only now.)

Fleece is easy stuff in most ways--cut edges do not ravel, and the stitch sinks into the fluffiness of the surface so it's not easy to see minor bobbles. Two important tips:
--a largish stitch length--3 mm--is usually recommended.
--Make sure the stretch is going the right direction.

Looks pretty good today, with snow on the ground....

------
Jeanne
2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn: 24.5
Yards purchased: 26.5

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

Calendria
Calendria
Advanced Beginner
AK USA
Member since 7/4/05
Posts: 603
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/31/11 0:32 AM

okay thanx. what the diff between anti-pill fleece and polartec?

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
KS USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3068
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/31/11 3:38 PM

Have you looked at the link Sauvage provided yet? It explains the different types of fleece they sell (Polartec is a brand name). Since you specify wanting a "warm poncho for winter," then I suggest you pay close attention to the descriptions on the site. Many varieties of fleece (particularly the ubiquitous JoAnn fleeces) are quite thin and not very warm at all.

------
~Gem in the prairie

Maggiedoll
star
Maggiedoll
Advanced Beginner
MD USA
Member since 1/8/10
Posts: 1457
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/31/11 3:57 PM

And listen to Sauvage about the long stitch length! That bit about the stitches sinking in my make it difficult to see minor mistakes.. but it almost makes it difficult to rip them out!

------
My (overly complicated) blog: http://maggiedoll.com/

TJSEWS
star
TJSEWS  Friend of PR
Intermediate
NJ USA
Member since 1/7/06
Posts: 241
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/31/11 4:55 PM

I made a hoodie jacket out of JoAnn's anti-pill fleece and it pilled anyway. Do yourself a favor and buy good quality fleece from Mill Direct. I just received my order from Mill Direct and can see the difference in quality right away. I am sure it won't pill.

Sauvage
star
Sauvage  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
MA USA
Member since 7/22/09
Posts: 682
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/31/11 4:56 PM

Polartec is a brand name and "anti-pill" is a description. Polartec is anti-pill, at least the original product was; but other brands--see one of the aisles of fleece at Jo-Ann--are also described as anti-pill.

Get something lofty....

------
Jeanne
2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn: 24.5
Yards purchased: 26.5

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

Calendria
Calendria
Advanced Beginner
AK USA
Member since 7/4/05
Posts: 603
Login to reply to this post

Date: 11/1/11 12:47 PM

okay, thanx sew much.

m/m

m/m  Friend of PR
Intermediate
NJ USA
Member since 4/4/05
Posts: 369
Login to reply to this post

Date: 11/1/11 8:02 PM

fabricmart sometimes has Polartec fleece. It has some right now (http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/Fleeces/). Pay close attention to the descriptions because some of it is lighter and airier than you'd want for a very warm garment (the graphite for example is described as "airy") Watch for the Polartec name in the description too.

redhotpepper
star
redhotpepper  Friend of PR
Advanced
WA USA
Member since 10/26/08
Posts: 391
Login to reply to this post

Date: 11/3/11 0:15 AM

If you want high quality fleece that will last, choose the real Malden mills polartec. It is more expensive but it's worth it. Especially if it's going to be something for outdoor wear.

If you are doing something like the tie blankets and real warmth isn't a concern, the Joann anti-pill would suffice.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> fleece

Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Sewing Basics
Fee: $14.99
(Regular $14.99)
Sewing Basics

Online Sewing Classes
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

McCall's 5934
photo
Review by pmac on 1/31/12
Read Review

Sewing Workshop Alex & Olive Tops
Sewing Workshop Alex & Olive Tops

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewing Workshop L2 Bag Pattern
Sewing Workshop L2 Bag Pattern

Details
Price: $12.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Cowboy Boots Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -18 mo )
Peek-A Boo Cowboy Boots Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -18 mo )

Details
Price: $4.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Peep Toe Booties Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )
Peek-A Boo Peep Toe Booties Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )

Details
Price: $3.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewing Workshop Ikina Jacket Ikina Jacket
photo
Review by PaulaM on 10/22/08
Read Review

Vogue 1332 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )
Vogue 1332 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $32.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 3889 Pattern( Size ONE SIZE )
Simplicity 3889 Pattern( Size ONE SIZE )

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN