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Working with Fleece

It’s that time of the year when we all love those super soft fleece throws and pajamas. Big sales on fleece right now, making it a great time to buy.

Fleece fabric is durable and strong, hard to puncture or tear and doesn’t pill, make sure to pick up the “Anti-pill” version. It costs a dollar more but washes so much better. It also doesn’t ravel or fray, so there is no need to finish the raw edges of seam allowances or hem allowance.

When Pinning fleece

Short or silk pins get lost in the fleece, so use long ones…the type with big bead heads are easier to see.

Stitching

You can use either a straight stich or a narrow zigzag stitch. Experiment on scraps of the fleece, adjusting the stitch width and length until you like the way the seam looks. Stitch slowly and carefully. Because stitches are hard to remove, this will actually save you time. When sewing around curved areas (such as necklines or armholes), stitch slowly and be careful not to stretch the fleece as you guide it through the machine. I use my built in walking foot and it helps sew the fabric smoothly and evenly so well.

Pressing

I wouldn’t press fleece with an iron. Often, finger pressing will do just as good a job. If the seam allowance still curls, try topstitching to eliminate the problem. If pressing is absolutely necessary, use a press cloth between the fabric and your iron.

Hemming

For an easy hem, topstitch ¼” from the cut edge of the hem allowance, through all of the layers. I like to trim up any uneven areas just to make it look neat.

Remember, we’re here for you in your sewing journey. Stop by and say “HI” to Winston. He sure could use a good belly rub!

 

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