Sewing Fleece and Cotton Together(How to go about it)

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When sewing fleece and cotton together one needs to be aware that there are different types of these fabrics. The choice of fabric to use is dependent on the project at hand. The use of the garment as well as the age of the wearer are among the many factors that one should consider when choosing fabric from each of the two.

The different types of fleece available in the market are; cotton blended, polyester, microfleece, lycra spandex, and slub fleece among others. Some of them are appear as in the image below.

Sewing Fleece and Cotton Together

When sewing fleece and cotton together one needs to be aware that there are different types of these fabrics. The choice of fabric to use is dependent on the project at hand. The use of the garment as well as the age of the wearer are among the many factors that one should consider when choosing fabric from each of the two.

The different types of fleece available in the market are; cotton blended, polyester, microfleece, lycra spandex, and slub fleece among others. Some of them are appear as in the image below.

For cotton, the variations available include; Pima, Upland, Egyptian, and Acala etc. The common blend between these two fabrics is seen in blankets and sweat clothes.

For beginners adequate information must be sourced on the different types of fleece and cotton and which blends work best together. The choice of needle and thread are also affected by fabrics picked. Once the fabric to be used has been decided then preparation for sewing can be initiated. Some of the steps that one should follow are;

1. Prepare the Workspace

If one has a dedicated sewing room then there might be minimal hassle regarding those who use preparation. For those who double other rooms in the house to cater for their sewing needs, this step is necessary.

2. Bring together all items needed

One should ensure that they have all the tools and materials that are needed before they start out on sewing.

This step is vital as it helps one to save on time and resources that may be wasted when one is leaving the work table to look for something.

3. Lay out Patterns, Trace, and Cut

After all the items have been lined up, the patterns and fabrics can then be laid out and pinned for cutting. Patterns may have been pre-made at home or bought from the stores. One should ensure that all the pattern pieces required are available.

Tracing should be done from the patterns to the pieces of cloth especially for beginners to make it possible for one to cut the fabric minus the pattern pieces. This step should not be overlooked since patterns contain essential markings that are crucial when stitching.

When cutting the pieces, it is advisable to lay them out at the same time chop at the same time. This way the fabric is used economically and it also helps to save on time and energy.

When planning to sew cotton and fleece, it is important to note that the cutting tools must be sharp. Tiny bits from the fabric also present a challenge by clogging up the pivot point of the cutting tools. A piece of cloth moistened with alcohol ought to be used to clean this point from time to time.

4. Sewing

After all the pieces have been cut (if they are several) stitching can begin. There are a few tips that one will find useful when working with fleece. Some of them are; the thread to be used should be appropriate for sewing fleece. Polyester is the recommended thread type and it also work well with cotton.

The stich length should be well thought about to. It is advised that one should fall back on long stitches when working with fleece. This is because shorter stitches may cause the fabric to stretch and this then distorts the shape of the fabric.

It is vital for one to test put the stitch length on a separate fabric before settling on one. Also, the type of seams used should be able to reduce bulk. Other techniques of reducing bulk such as cutting the fabric close to the stitch line should also be employed.

Finishing methods should also be taken into consideration. Those that reduce bulk such as serging and decorative stitching should be given priority.

These factors should be weighed during the prep stage and possible options explored then.

Conclusion

When one is using a sewing machine to sew fleece and cotton together, adjustment can be made to accommodate the bulky fabric. Presser foot pressure and the type of needle in use are among the first adjustments that one should make.

About the Author SMC

We're a husband and wife team of craft enthusiasts! Mostly we love working with different kinds of fabrics - in fact, you'll be hard pressed to find a store-bought piece of clothing in our home. Most of the stuff we enjoy making by hand!

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