The Basics for Sewing with Fleece:
Fleece is a wonderful fabric for beginners and pros alike. Once you get the basics down you will find yourself addicted to fleece!
- Choosing the right pattern
- Choose a pattern which is created specifically for fleece
- Choosing the right notions
- Choose a good needle - Schmetz® Universal Point size 14 is recommended for 200 weight
- Use good thread - we recommend a high quality polyester thread
- Preparing the fleece
- There is no need to pre-wash the fleece as it won't shrink nor bleed
Exception - it is recommended to pre-shrink our Polartec® Power Stretch® series as it can shrink up to 5% in length and 7% in width.
- Use nap layouts
- Identify the right side of the material (the fabric will roll to the right side when pulled along the selvage).
Conventional Sewing Machine
Serger Sewing Machine
- Straight Stitch Seam
- Use a longer stitch length.
- TIP-Best to reduce bulk within seam allowance to 1/8" - ¼"
- OPTIONAL - Leave ¼" in the seam allowance and zigzag the seam allowance together to reduce bulk.
- Zigzag Seam
- Use a medium-width, medium-length zigzag
- Good for bulkier fabrics with stretch
- Good for areas that encounter more stretch
- Topstitched Seam
- After sewing seam, topstitch on right side of fabric at an equal distance on either side of the seam. Make sure that you are sewing through the seam allowance on the back side.
- Opens up a seam - giving it a pressed look
- False flat-fell Seam
- After sewing a conventional 5/8" seam, trim the seam allowance on one side to about 1/8"
- Fold remaining seam allowance over the seam allowance you just trimmed.
- Topstitch on right side, 3/8" from seam making sure to catch seam allowance in stitch.
- TIP - Sew topstitched row in the same direction as you sewed your seam to avoid twisting.
- Butted Seam
- Butt seams together and join with a wide width, medium length zig-zag stitch
- Good for areas where excess bulk needs to be eliminated
- Good for decorative sewing
- Lapped seams
- Overlap seams and zig-zag or topstitch the pieces together
- Serged Seams
- Great for reducing bulk and adding stretch to a seam
- Set differential to 1.8 or 2
- Flatlock Seam
- Use a three thread serge stitch with no tension in the needle.
- Join the two pieces together
- Pull seam flat
- Machine wash warm, use a powder detergent
- Wash with like fabrics
- Tumble Dry Low - the fleece will dry quickly, do not expose to an overheated dryer
- Do not Dry Clean or use fabric softeners or bleach