16 Tips for Sewing with Fleece
Fleece, also known as polar fleece, is a stretchable, knitted fabric that combines the warmth and fuzziness of felt with the softness of plush. Fleece behaves differently than other fabrics.
1. Use a longer stitch
Because fleece is a knit fabric, a short stitch length can cause it to stretch and distort; whether you’re using a straight or zig-zag stitch, adjust your stitch length to about eight to ten stitches per inch.
2. Take the nap into consideration
Fabrics with a nap, or brushed appearance, have a direction to them, so mark the right side of your fleece with a piece of tape noting the direction of the nap. The nap should run the same way for all pieces, or it will show up when assembling your finished project.
What is the best way to sew fleece?
1. Use a longer stitch. Because fleece is a knit fabric beneath the fuzzy pile, a short stitch length can cause it to stretch and distort. Whether you’re using a straight or zig-zag stitch, adjust your stitch length to be slightly longer than usual, about eight to ten stitches per inch.
What needle do you use to sew fleece?
When sewing most fleece fabrics with a sewing machine, use a size 12(80) Universal needle and set the machine for a long stitch (8 to 10 stitches per inch). A straight stitch or narrow zigzag works best. If possible, reduce the presser foot pressure.
Is fleece easy to sew?
Fleece fabric is a 100% polyester fabric with a fluffy nap that is used for warm clothing and is a less expensive alternative to natural wool. It is easy to sew because it does not fray and has minimal stretch. While fleece is thick, it is lighter than wool, making it more comfortable to wear.
Can fleece fabric be ironed?
Yes, you can iron fleece, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Should fleece be washed before sewing?
Fleece does not shrink, fade, or run, so there is no need to prewash it. It does not like to be ironed, so if you need to press a seam flat, use a low setting with steam on and a pressing cloth.
How do you finish the edges of a fleece blanket?
A fleece blanket can be finished with a simple folded hem, fringe added to the edges and tied into knots, or a braided edge created by weaving fringe loops around the blanket’s edges.
What is a 90 14 needle?
Light Weight Fabrics. Lighter weight fabrics such as silk (chiffon, organza, crepe-de-chine) will require a smaller needle. The lighter the fabric, the smaller the needle required. 90/14 u2013 suitable for medium weight fabrics, e.g. slightly heavier weight cotton, polyester, linen, lightweight upholstery fabric.
Can you sew fleece and cotton together?
When sewing cotton and fleece together, the materials will be pinned together on the pattern; it is important to use very sharp scissors or shears and carefully remove all of the pattern pieces after your pieces are cut. When sewing fleece and cotton together, the pins must be left in place.
What can you sew with fleece fabric?
41 Insanely Cool Fleece Crafts
- Scoodie. This scoodie is a great present idea for friends who live in cold weather.
- Fluffy Mittens. Fleece is such a nice, fluffy, and warm fabric.
- Scarf With Pockets.
- Arm Warmers.
- Fleece Hat With Ribbon.
- Reversible Cowl Scarf.
- Fleece Socks.
Does fleece shrink after washing?
Washing fleece in hot water or drying it at a high temperature can cause it to shrink; the best way to avoid this is to buy PET or polyester fleece and avoid washing or drying it at high temperatures.
What is the difference between anti pill fleece and regular fleece?
Polar fleece is divided into two types: anti-pill and non-pill. Anti-pill is a higher-quality fabric that doesn’t “ball up” or “pill” after several washes, whereas non-pill is less expensive but will pill after wearing and washing.
How do you get wrinkles out of fleece fabric?
Although polyester fleece is wrinkle-resistant, if you wash it and then leave it to dry on its own in the washing machine or dryer, you may end up with a wrinkled mess. The best option is to wet the fleece and smooth out the wrinkles by hand.
Can HTV be used on fleece?
While EasyWeedu00ae or any of our other thinner materials can be applied to fleece, depending on the pile of your fleece, a pebbled texture may be visible through the vinyl. For the smoothest results, I recommend using a thicker HTV like Glitter or StripFlock.
Can you use transfer paper on fleece?
Iron on transfer paper (and your computer) is one of the best ways to create your own fabric or embellish premade items like shirts, aprons, vests, totes, purses, pillows, tablecloths…etc. You need to be careful because the heat will matt down the fleece.