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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Can embroidered trim be added to 300 weight polar fleece ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Can embroidered trim be added to 300 weight polar fleece
Will polar fleece stretch too much to handle woven trim
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Date: 4/22/13 11:34 AM

I cut Christine Johnson's ruana from her Travel Trio 3 collection from 300 weight polar fleece. I am tall, so I even lengthened the pattern, and the fleece is heavy. I bought 10 yards of embroidered woven trim to seal its edges. I can already see I need to staystitch the neckline to guard from undue stretching, but will adding a woven trim work at all? Will the fleece stretch too much underneath it and distort the trim?

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Date: 4/22/13 11:43 AM

I would use basting spray and a long stitch. Normally for something thin I'd use Wash-away Wonder tape for zipper installations on fleece to help prevent the stretch/wave issue as much as possible. For your trim, I'm thinking a nice coating of basting spray might be suitable, but definitely test it out because you really want it to stitch together on a 1:1 ratio. I'd suggest between a 3.5 and 4.0 stitch length too.

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Date: 4/22/13 3:56 PM

They do use woven trim and grossgrain and all more stabilizing snap or zipper or button placket fronts on lots of Polar fleece tops, jackets and pullover kind of shirts, it works fine there. That is being sewn onto though most times in the more up and down salvage edge kind of grain line direction. It has less stretch there than going crosswise. So I think your item that would have that trim all over, would not have that issue on the edges on the lengthwise grain line, so you can probably just sew more as normal on that part, but where some difference might be is all the long places it goes across more crosswise grain and horizontal instead.

I don't hate or even mind hand basting at all., if something is important to me. If it were mine, and the trim was really expensive, and involved all 10 yards of it, and I did not want to pick out later, or have any surprises, I actually think I would hand baste it all down first, and try on, wear and see what happened like that. Then if I liked it, sew it on for real. You need no pins at all then either. I think it would take me less than 45 min or so to do that hand basting to check it out, while just watching TV, and would be worth it to me.
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Date: 4/22/13 4:52 PM

Polartec 300, though technically a knit, actually is not terribly stretchy. Your trim should work fine--with these warnings:

The trim should be subjected beforehand to the same kinds of washing and drying that the fleece will get; that is, if the Polartec will be machine washed and dried, the trim should be washed and dried the same way before application.

Basting it in place with a spray adhesive, etc., before stitching is a good idea.

When stitching the trim, take great care not to stretch either the fleece or the trim. Lift your presser foot every five or six inches to relax and gently smooth both layers to avoid puckering or uneven feed.

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Date: 4/23/13 0:15 AM

Thanks so much for all your advice! I've had no problems applying embroidered trim to lighter weight polar fleece in the past; the trim does sink down into the fleece a bit, but still looks polished. I will incorporate all of your tips into this project. Thank-you for taking the time to write me back. I will post the finished result for you to see. I haven't seen a review of the ruana from Christine Johnson's Travel Trio yet, perhaps because it's so easy, lol. I found a dazzling array of embroidered trims at Continental Stitchery Trims.com. They have wonderful customer service.

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Date: 4/23/13 0:20 AM

Thank-you. I've never used basting spray. A new learning experience draws nigh!

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Date: 4/23/13 0:22 AM

Wise words. Hand sewing is far from my forte', but perhaps it's high time I learned! Thanks for the exhortation.

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Date: 4/23/13 0:26 AM

Agreed. If I use a spray adhesive to baste it in place first, I can see what needs to be done to ease in the curve of the neckline. A series of flat fanned pleats might do the trick. I will tinker with that.

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Date: 4/23/13 6:52 AM

Oh duh. I forgot to mention using a walking foot too. ETA, and use basting spray on the wrong side of the trim then turn it over and adhere it to the fabric. Don't spray on the the fleece or else the excess on the fabric will tend to stick to the foot. I know this from experience.

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