Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I use a conventional sewing machine to sew Polarfleece® and Polartec® fabrics?
Q. Is sewing with fleece difficult?
A. No, it's different but not difficult. Once you've worked with Polarfleece® and Polartec® fabrics and gotten used to the thickness you will find it's actually easier to use than other fabrics in many instances. The fabric is very forgiving, you don't have to interface it, you don't have to line it, and you don't have to finish your edges. Once you start working with it, you will be addicted!
Q. Which side of the fabric is the right side?
A. To determine which side of the fabric is the right side, simply pull along the selvage, the selvage will roll to the right side of the fabric. On the Polartec® Windbloc® fabric, it is necessary to do a water test. Water will ball up and fall off from the right side of the fabric.
Q. Is there a nap to the fabric?
A. Yes, there is a nap to the fabric. Use nap layouts when cutting out your patterns.
Q. Do I need to pre-wash the fabric?
A. There is no need to pre-wash the fabric because the fabric won't shrink and the colors won't bleed. (Exception, Polartec® Power Stretch® fabrics will shrink up to 5% in length and 7% in width. Pre-washing is recommended.)
Q. How do I press the fabric?
A. Do not put a hot iron on Polartec® fleeces. If you feel pressing is necessary, finger pressing should be adequate. If a flatter seam is desired, topstitch the seam allowance in place.
Q. What kind of a needle would you recommend?
A. Universal Point Size 12/80 recommended for Polartec® Classic 100
Universal Point Size 14/90 recommended for Polartec® Classic 200 and Prints
Stretch Needles Size 14/90 recommended for Polartec® Power Stretch®
Remember to change your needle often!
Q. How do I care for Polarfleece® and Polartec® fabrics?
A. Machine wash warm, tumble dry low. It's best to wash with like fabrics. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Do not dry clean.
Q. What's the difference between, Polartec® Classic 200 & Polartec® Classic 300 series?
A. The higher the number, the heavier and warmer the fabric.
In ounces the difference is:
100 - 9.5 oz per linear yard
200 - 12.5 oz per linear yard
300 - 16 oz per linear yard
Q. What's the difference between Polartec® fleeces and copycat fleeces?
A. Be careful of the imitations! Other manufacturers are producing fleeces that may appear to be similar to Polartec® fleeces, but they aren't. They will cut costs by:
- producing a thinner fleece (less oz per linear yard)
- producing a fleece that pills. Polyester is a strong fiber that doesn't break away from itself when it meets abrasion. The longer thread of other fleeces will pull into itself and pill.
- producing a fleece that matts. It is the ability of the fibers to stand upright that provides Polartec® fleeces with it's thermal qualities.
- producing prints whose colors and lines are fuzzy instead of vivid and clear
Q. Will the fabric pill?
A. Polartec® fabrics have been developed and tested to ensure that the fabric will not pill.
Q. What is the Fiber content of the fabric?
A. Most fabrics that we sell are 100% Polyester. Any exceptions will be noted.