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Thread: sewing fleece

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    I was wondering if any of you had problems when sewing your fleece? I am sewing and then making fringe. When I finished sewing I looked at it and found that my backing had buckled some. I used a serged stitch on it to be fancy instead of the straight stitch. So taking it out will be a pain. My friend said that the fleece had stretched. So would you take it out or leave it? I had tried stretching it and seemed to help alittle it looks like anyway. But the buckling is inside the stitching. So I tried to pull it close to the stitching. Does this help or am I out of luck.

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    Oh, yes, fleece does stretch. You didn't say what you were making?? Can you just cut it off (as in a blankie??) and re-do?

    You need to stabilize the fleece to keep it from stretching as well as use a ball point needle. I like to use a tear away stabilizer. Lengthening your stitch will help also.


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    oops I guess I did forget to say that I am making the fleece blankets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj
    oops I guess I did forget to say that I am making the fleece blankets.
    I DON'T HAVE A SERGER, BUT IS THERE A WALKING FOOT FOR THEM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj
    oops I guess I did forget to say that I am making the fleece blankets.
    I DON'T HAVE A SERGER, BUT IS THERE A WALKING FOOT FOR THEM?

    When I did my last Christmas blankie, I just turned down about an inch and started sewing. I used my walking foot (same one as for quilting) and lengthened my stitch. I used a little scrap that I had cut off when trying to get the ends straight for testing until I liked the way it looked. It's really fast and easy. (If I had known how easy it was, I sure wouldn't have spent all that time doing a hand blanket stitch around 5 of them before I tried the machine way :roll: :roll: )

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    Most modern sergers have a differential feed setting that you can adjust for sewing on knits. Differential feeds function like a walking foot. This will help somewhat in preventing this problem, but you may still need a stabilizer. Try experimenting on scraps to find the best settings for fleece. I'm going to be doing the same thing this week when I make a minky fleece bed jacket for my mom.

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    the only time i know of that used fleece for backing that was MACHINE STITCHED was when my dd made a quilt out of my deceased mom's polyester pants suits and backed it with fleece. since they both had give and she used lots of pins it worked great. my mom would have laughed out loud to know that her suits lived on.

    that poly stuff does live forever!

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