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Tips 392 - 398: Sewing with Fleece 101By DianeSev on 12/16/11 12:25 PM


These are all the things I learned while sewing yards and yards and yards of fleece one Christmas.

  • Spend money on good fleece. Splurge on anti-pill. (The pilling doesn't damage the fabric, but it certainly isn't attractive.)

  • Fleece has a nap! Follow the layout on that pattern guideline.

  • Use a zigzag stitch or a serger.

  • Most fleece can be used on either side. If you really want to know the intended right side, sprinkle water on both sides of the fabric (in different spots.) The side that wicks the water the fastest is the right side.

  • I used a size 14 ballpoint needle and it worked like a charm.

  • If pressing is necessary, use a cool iron and a pressing cloth. Test the setting!

  • An easy way to tell the right or wrong side of fleece is to hold your fabric by the horizontal cut edge (the cross-grain) and pull slightly. The cut edge will curl to the wrong side of the fabric. it is sometimes hard to tell just by looking, but this little test works really well.

Submitted by Sew it seams.

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