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Date: 8/12/13 8:38 PM

Just wanted to know if fleece should be prewashed before cutting the pattern pieces?

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Date: 8/12/13 8:46 PM

Absolutely.
Fleece is not likely to have trouble with colors running, but prewashing will cut down on the fuzzies.

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Date: 8/12/13 9:11 PM

In my own experience, good fleece, like Polartec, does not need to be prewashed. That stuff, if you can find it, is magic.

I have very little experience with Joann's fleece, for example, since I only use it for bed slippers, etc. I suppose if I did buy a bunch of it, I would probably prewash because of fuzz, finishing compounds, and so on,
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Date: 8/13/13 0:18 AM

I would prewash because you don't know where its been -- maybe a warehouse with rats and such.

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Date: 8/13/13 1:41 AM

So true but EWWW!!!

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Date: 8/13/13 5:01 AM

I agree plus the finishing compounds left in the fabric. If any shrinkage, I want it before I make anything. I serge the cut edges prior to washing to avoid more fuzzies. Same with cottons and linens.

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Date: 8/13/13 11:18 AM

Interesting point about pre-washing and the reasons for it.
I prewash everything except taffeta and silks that will be dry-cleaned.

I am concerned about shrinkage, but just as important is the dirt and chemicals that come with fabric. I worked in the childrens' wear business in California for 5-1/2 years, and saw some pretty disgusting things come from the factories (the worse was flea-infested dresses from a sew shop with a really bad rat problem). Most fabrics are treated with chemicals to keep them from rotting--usually formaldehyde. Factories can be really filthy places as can the various shipping methods used to get the fabric to your local store. You'll spending time in close proximity to this fabric, and breathing in some of the lint that comes off it. I prefer that it be as clean as possible...

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Date: 8/13/13 12:27 PM

FYI--don't use your good fabric shears to cut out the fleece. It will dull the blades. Instead use a scissors that you might use for paper.

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Date: 8/13/13 2:04 PM

Quote: Pj3g
FYI--don't use your good fabric shears to cut out the fleece. It will dull the blades. Instead use a scissors that you might use for paper.

Same goes for Olfa/rotary cutter blades. Ask me how I know . . .

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Date: 8/13/13 2:58 PM

Thanks to all. After reading the replies, I'll be prewashing the fabric & using old scissors!
-- Edited on 8/13/13 2:59 PM --

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