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Sewing Tips For Fleece
It's a treat sewing with fleece -- the edges don't unravel, so
there's no need to finish seams. Fleece is kind of stretchy,
plus fleece garments are normally a little loose, so fitting
isn't a big issue.
Even though fleece is easy to sew, there are
two sewing tricks that can make your fleece experience much
First, you want to use a longer stitch
length when you sew fleece. Rather than your normal setting of
2 or so, you may want to go up to a 4 or a 5. Some people even
suggest a basting stitch for fleece!
The reason is that fleece stitches can pull
through the fabric if the stitch length is too short. Longer is
better when you sew fleece. The plus side of this is that it
makes your sewing much faster!
Next, you want to make sure of your
"right-side/wrong-side" when you sew fleece. Some people are
surprised to find that fleece has a right/wrong side -- the
print usually appears the same from both sides. Solid colors
have the same color depth regardless of the side. How can
right/wrong side come into play?
The catch is that fleece will always curl to
one side or the other. The side it curls towards is the "wrong"
side! When you cut a piece of fleece, you'll not the cut edge
will always curl in a certain direction. Take careful note of
this when you assemble fleece garments or projects; match your
right/wrong sides carefully to up the quality of your finished
To make this a little confusing, the selvedge edge of fleece
doesn't follow this rule! The selvedge edge normally curls
towards the "right" side! For best results, don't leave your
selvedge edges raw -- trim them instead. After all, fleece
edges won't unravel, so there's no real need to keep the
Keep these two tricks in mind when sewing
fleece and you'll find your sewing experience much more
pleasant -- and the results more enjoyable!
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