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Thread: Fleece--Right side/Wrong side--Who knew???

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    While searching About.com for the fleece scarf/hood mentioned in another post, I came across a very interesting article. It is titled "How to Choose the Right Side of Fleece Fabric". I had NO IDEA that fleece had a right and a wrong side! If you put the incorrect side against your skin, you will be drawing moisture from the atmosphere towards your skin!! Used correctly, polar fleece will wick moisture away from your body and into the fabric, thus keeping you warmer.

    You can read it here: http://sewing.about.com/od/fabricsin...erightside.htm

    This is an article by Debbie Colgrove.

    We learn something new everyday, don't we?


    Sue :thumbup:

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    I learned this when fleece blankets starting to be popular. I still pick the prettier side.

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    Thanks for letting us know!

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    Thank you :D:D:D

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    Whoops! I've used fleece for years and apparently wrong every time (I used the stretch/curl tip, had it going the wrong way) LOL.

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    Never used fleece before, but wanted to try-just printed the article for future reference-thanks!

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    This is the first time I have used fleece. I have it 1/2 done and I guess I am doing it wrong. Oh, well, better luck next time. :cry:

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    thanks, now I will use the right side too

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    Thanks for the info!

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    thanks!

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    Maybe I'm a little "thick", but how can the right side be the side that wicks the moisture/elements? Wouldn't you want that side toward your skin, and the less "wickable" side toward the elements? I just made about 30 neck warmers (gators?) and sent them to the elementary school to have on hand for children who aren't dressed properly for the weather, and I paid no attention to which side was in/out. Darn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by so-sew
    Maybe I'm a little "thick", but how can the right side be the side that wicks the moisture/elements? Wouldn't you want that side toward your skin, and the less "wickable" side toward the elements? I just made about 30 neck warmers (gators?) and sent them to the elementary school to have on hand for children who aren't dressed properly for the weather, and I paid no attention to which side was in/out. Darn it.
    I don't think that you are "thick"! I just went back and read the article again and I can't figure WHICH side belongs next to your skin. The wording is kind of funny. Maybe I'll email the writer and see what she has to say.

    Your sending the neck warmers to the school is a terrific idea. So many kids get themselves ready for school in the mornings and don't prepare for the cold weather. Bless you for thinking of them!

    I'll post again if I get an answer.........

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    I must be thick also since it seems backwards on the instructions.

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    I've sent an email to the moderator/author of that site/article. Let's see what she has to say. Stay posted.........

    Sue

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    I didn't know there was a right or wrong either.

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    Interesting-I don't use fleece often, but often wondered how to tell.

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    Most fabric is put on the bolt with the right sides together, If this is so, just put a small dot on the right side, and no prob, you are ready to go and have the right side where you want it

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    Thanks for the neat tip :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Wow Thanks I will be more careful now.

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    Thanks for getting to the bottom of this. I always have a hard time deciding what is the right side.

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    Next time I'll test for the right side. Frankly though, after all the years I've been sewing with fleece and the many items I've made, I don't know that the wicking direction has really made a difference. I usually pick the "pretty" side or the one that seems to pill less.

    Thanks for posting this article :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris
    While searching About.com for the fleece scarf/hood mentioned in another post, I came across a very interesting article. It is titled "How to Choose the Right Side of Fleece Fabric". I had NO IDEA that fleece had a right and a wrong side! If you put the incorrect side against your skin, you will be drawing moisture from the atmosphere towards your skin!! Used correctly, polar fleece will wick moisture away from your body and into the fabric, thus keeping you warmer.

    You can read it here: http://sewing.about.com/od/fabricsin...erightside.htm

    This is an article by Debbie Colgrove.

    We learn something new everyday, don't we?


    Sue :thumbup:
    did you find the pattern for these scarves/hats all in all your hunting? I would very much like to have the pattern

    Thanks... Joyce

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    Haven't heard a word from the gal who originally wrote the article.

    Sue

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