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Nannies
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Date: 11/29/11 3:01 PM

It is my first time sewing with fleece, is it better to use serger or sewing machine? I am making a v-neck top.
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Date: 11/29/11 3:28 PM

Either one will work, If you use your sewing machine, lengthen the stitch and loosen the presser foot pressure and the fleece will feed easier.
Sometimes with the serger, it's easy not to catch both edges in the seam because of the thickness, so use a wider stitch.

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Date: 11/29/11 4:09 PM

I like using the serger with fleece because it is so darn fleecy! Seems easier to vacuum out and around the serger than the bobbin area of the sewing machine. That being said, I generally combine the machines using each machine as appropriate for each segment or phase of the garment, particularly keeping in mind any areas that need to retain stretch in the seam.

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Date: 11/29/11 5:23 PM

I like using the serger on regular fleece (antipill or blizzard) or microfleece, but I had bad luck using it on the super soft 'cuddly fleece' (the one that sheds a lot when you cut it).

I assume the reason I had trouble with the latter one is because it's so soft and high-pile that the serger couldn't move it forward and eventually part of it got sucked into the throat plate.

I realized later on that using my sewing machine with a narrow zig-zag and loosening the tension would have worked out much better from the start, as the shedding stopped after I had sewn the seams; so maybe a serger is not crucial.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to use the serger on the 'cuddly fleece,' please let me know. :)

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Date: 11/29/11 5:58 PM

One note- make sure you use long stitches, they're going to get lost in the pile of the fleece no matter what, and at least long stitches are easier to get out!

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Date: 11/29/11 6:57 PM

Serger works good for regular fleece. I am doing winter beeny hats right now. So much faster, however I discover ed micro fleece floats everywhere and fluff sticks to your own clothing. Either way I clean my machines and works area thoroghly after anthing fleecy.

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Date: 12/4/11 11:27 AM

Use the serger because the stitches stretch far better than any sewing machine stitch. Use the widest stitch possible and lengthen the stitch a bit. Your garment will last 20 plus years.. how do I know?

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Date: 12/4/11 12:22 PM

I read something one time that recommended not using a serger for fleece. The reason being, that the fleece won't fray anyway and the content of fleece is very hard on the cutting blades.
Not an authority here but it makes sense.

-- Edited on 12/4/11 12:23 PM --

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Date: 12/4/11 12:34 PM

Any poly plastic fabric is tough on the blades...that's why they can be changed. Fleece does not fray but it DOES stretch...that is why the serger stitch is best. Look at all RTW fleece jackets...serged ...all of them...also coverstitch is good.
PS...the other thing is the serged stitch encases all that fat fabric, regardless of the fraying issue.
-- Edited on 12/4/11 2:15 PM --

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Date: 12/5/11 6:49 AM

Why use the serger over the sewing machine? Because if you use the sewing machine, you'll want to use a narrow zigzag stitch, at least in the high stress areas. And if you make a mistake with a narrow zigzag on fleece...well you might rather stick yourself with 100 pins! It is a bi*** to seam rip.

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