Chilly weather calls out for fleece outfits! Fleece can be a great fabric to work with, it is warm and lightweight. There are blankets, sweaters, and toys that are accented and made out of fleece.
Sewing with fleece is surprisingly easy and quite enjoyable and achieving once you have learned the proper ways and techniques in working with fleece, an amazing versatile fabric. Fleece is a relatively newcomer to the fabric industry, unlike silk or velvet. It is one of the most popular fabrics for crafts, outwears, and general sewing. It has an appealing property that has attributed to its popularity, which is its affordability. Fleece is a 100% pure synthetic fabric, that is made of 100% polyester fibers. The materials it is made gives off warmth, softness to the touch and has great insulative property.
These materials made the fleece easy to care for, it can be machine washed and machine dried, moreover it is a wrinkle resistant fabric material. Here are a few tips that can make your fleece project be easier for you.
- Fleece is a non-woven fabric, it has no real grain, however, its brushed appearance that moves in one direction can help ensure that the layout patterns is in one direction. To avoid skipped stitches, use a ball point or Microtex needle. Ball point needles are also called Jersey needle.
- You have to be patient enough, the fleece has a right side and a wrong side. When you pull along the cross-grain edge, even gently, the fleece will curl towards the wrong side. Use a longer stitch length, lengthen it to 3.5mm if the standard stitch length you are using is 2.5mm. A longer stitch length can give you smoother seams. The fleece’s raw edges do not fray, thus seam finishes are not that necessary.
- When using a sewing machine, choose the universal size for needles or for sewing most fleece fabrics, select size 12(80). You have to set the machine for a long stitch. A straight stitch or a narrow zigzag works best. Stitching with straight is fine for most seams, but a small zigzag stitch is recommended at points where the seam will endure more movement. 0.55mm is the narrowest zigzag setting, this can give straight seams to prevent them from popping under stress. This can either reduce the machine tension or presser foot pressure to reduce the foot shifting.
- Best seam finishes include faux flat fell, lapped or double topstitched seams, and serged edges, this helps the compact fleece to reduce bulk. Overcast, pinking or zigzag stitched edges are great options to achieve the best seam. Fleece, when pressed with a warm iron, will not hold the crease thus you should contain the seam allowances and secure the hems.
- Use a thread color that can blend with the color of the fabric. Thread tends to sink into the fleece and be covered by the fibers. It is safe to use colors that can blend than colors that can perfectly match the color of the fleece fabric.