Determine which side is the right side of the fabric Believe
it or not, fleece does have a right side and a wrong side. The general rule to follow
is that fleece tends to curl toward the wrong side. To determine which side is
the right side, simply pull a small section of your fabric taunt and the side
that the fabric curls towards is the wrong side. Do this prior to laying out and
cutting your fabric to ensure that you are using the right side. Fleece does not shrink, fade or run so there is no need to
prewash the fabric.
Laying out your fabric
for cutting pattern weights are the best way to control the bulk of fleece when
laying out fabric for cutting. Cut all pieces with the nap running in the same direction.
Before you sew it
is best to determine the most effective tension and stitch length for your
specific machine. Do this by taking a couple of fleece scrapes and sewing a
small test swatch.
Youíll need to increase your stitch length to account for the additional bulk,
set your machine to a longer stitch length between 3 and 4mm.
Sewing Machine Needle
size use a universal, 80/12 stretch or ballpoint sewing machine needle when
sewing mid-weight fleece, changing to a 90/14 or higher for areas with more
than 2 layers. Always start each new sewing project with a new sewing machine
needle. Use long quilting pins to temporarily join fabric pieces
prior to sewing.
Sewing Thread always use polyester thread rather than
cotton when sewing with fleece fabric. The polyester fiber is stronger and more
compatible with synthetic fibers.
Clean while you Sew
Fleece tends to shed quite a bit during sewing so keep a can of canned air or a
brush handy so you can easily remove the debris while sewing.
Zippers or Button
closures Use a tear away or wash away stabilizer when inserting a zipper or
doing decorative stitching to prevent stretching.
has a very low melting point so it is best not to iron it.
Finishing the seams
and edges Conventional type hems are generally too bulky and since fleece
does not ravel there isnít a need for a traditional seam finish or edge finish. Instead
use a mock flat-fell seam or consider finishing edges with a two-way stretch binding.
Overcast, pinking or zigzag
stitched edges are also great options. Do not use a standard double-fold hem. Use a
single-fold hem or finish the edge with ribbing or a two-way stretch binding.
You can also use a machine or hand-sewn blanket stitch to finish the edge. Also
a serger stitch in contrasting thread
makes a nice touch near the hem line/front.