Sewing Help: Fleece Fabric

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How can I determine the quality of fleece? gives the following guidelines:
  • Density: "Is it dense and thick, or thin enough to show threads under the fuzzy surface? The denser the fleece, the better the quality."
  • Recovery: "How good is the memory: Gently stretch the fleece and let it relax. Does it quickly bounce back to its original dimension or does it wave and ripple? High quality fleece has quick recovery."
  • "Rough It Up": "To give yourself a preview of how will the fabric will wear, rub the fleece roughly against itself, in a circular motion, on both sides of the fleece. If it looks a bit rugged, starts pilling, or distorts, it is a lesser quality fleece. High quality fleeces go through multiple shearing and velouring processes to reduce piling."

How should I clean my fleece garments? suggests the following in their Sewing on Fleece Guidelines:

  • "To avoid unnecessary abrasion, launder garments inside out, separately or with similar garments.
  • Use a powdered detergent in luke-warm water, gentle cycle. (Liquid detergents may alter the effectiveness of the moisture wicking chemical treatments applied to some lighter weight fleeces.)
  • Do not use bleach or softeners. (Softeners have an adverse effect on the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) chemical finish that is applied to the surface of some mid-weight and heavy weight fleeces.)"

How do I tell the right from the wrong side of Fleece Fabric? tells us that it is important to know the difference because the Face, or right side, will wear better and look better longer. Pile fabrics and single-sided fleeces have a plain knitted backside and so are easier to tell. But fleeces are not so easy, but here's a hint:

If you stretch fleece on the crossgrain they will usually curl to the wrong side. To avoid errors, mark the right sides of each garment piece as you cut it out.

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