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Some tips to sew on a wonderful fabric.

Technique Materials

1. Pattern for fleece

2. Iron-on stabilizer remanents

3. Sharp Scissors or 60 mm Rotary Cutter

4. Long Quilting Pins

5. 100% Polyester Thread (matching or a shade darker)

6. Knit-Fuse (2 3"X24") strips

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    Jun 2, 2009, 02.46 PMby fbeenz

    Sorry, if I am replying very late. I just read your message.

    I have only used the store bought already made fleece bindings. They do not seem to be cut either on bias or even on cross-grain which has the most stretch.

    Since I have not used my own binding, my suggestion would be to cut the fleece length-wise. Fleece is stretchable both cross-wise and length-wise grain, use the length-wise cut for binding the hems and collars with gradual curves.

    Another trick which I use is to fuse a narrow fusible strip (about 1/2 inch) on all the edges to be bound. Fuse it with low heat.

    Please let me know how it goes.

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    May 7, 2009, 12.37 AMby blythe115

    Nice tips! Thank you. Quick question..I recently purchased fleece for a coat. I want to bind the neck edge which curves down the front and the sleeve edges with fleece strips..with fleece, do I have to cut the binding strips on the bias for this?

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    Feb 24, 2009, 03.19 PMby myrdith

    I never thought about using leftovers interfacing to reinforce the points on the pattern! Thank you for that (oh-so-obvious-now) idea!

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    Nov 29, 2008, 03.21 AMby nenasew

    Just bought quite a few yards of fleece and I am so glad to have your tutorial. Your tips are so helpful. No kidding, it is hard to tell right and wrong side of fleece but I could tell with your help.

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    Oct 30, 2008, 02.04 PMby hughe1

    Thank you so much I really thought this was an easy fabric and as I worked with it I found it harder. I picked a coat pattern with a ton of pieces and the fabric pulled and buckeled, lines were off, etc. With the advice my next prodject will be better.

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    Oct 24, 2008, 08.40 AMby polychromatin

    This is a great How-To! Thanks for sharing your experiences with fleece! I’d like to make a fleece-jacket and this will help a lot!

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    Oct 23, 2008, 01.10 PMby fbeenz

    Thanks for liking it. I have made numerous mistakes while sewing with fleece and am still learning. For costume, try using iron-on velcro as closures. Iron from the wrong side of fleece and wet the velcro before placing it on the fleece. If you have a serger, especially with a cover stitch, this is a very good time to use it.

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    Oct 23, 2008, 09.12 AMby mariposaluna

    Thank you for the How to! I was just going to make my son’s Halloween costume out of fleece this weekend. I wish I had known some of this information last year. I made myself a jacket I wasn’t all that happy with out of fleece. I’ll definitely remember the stabilizer in the hem for next time.

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