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Tips when working with Minky Fleece . .

Beginner's Guides | Fleece Joe Higgs September 18th, 2023


Have you been inspired to use our beautiful minky fleece to make your own hoody, loungewear or throw? Here are some helpful dressmaking tips to help you when working with Minky Fleece

  • Choose the right pattern: Not all patterns are suitable for use with minky fleece. Look for patterns that are designed for knits or wovens with a bit of drape. Avoid patterns that require a lot of fitting, as minky fleece can be difficult to fit. Shop our full range of patterns here
  • Prewash your fabric: Minky fleece can shrink when washed, so it is important to prewash your fabric before you start sewing. Wash your fabric in cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry it.
  • Use a stretch needle: Minky fleece is a knit fabric, so it is important to use a stretch needle when sewing with it. This will help to prevent the fabric from puckering.
  • Use a long stitch length: A longer stitch length will help to prevent the fabric from puckering and will also help to maintain the stretch of the fabric.
  • Use a walking foot: A walking foot will help to feed the fabric through your sewing machine evenly and will prevent the fabric from stretching or puckering.

Some more helpful tips

  • Pin frequently: Minky fleece can be slippery, so it is important to pin frequently when sewing with it. Pin every 1-2 inches along the seam line. Shop our range of pins here
  • Avoid using pins directly on the right side of the fabric: Pins can leave holes in the fabric, so it is best to avoid using them directly on the right side. If you need to pin the right side of the fabric, use clips or wonder tape instead.
  • Press your seams open: Pressing your seams open will help to reduce bulk and will make your seams look more professional.
  • Finish your seams: Minky fleece can fray easily, so it is important to finish your seams. You can do this by zigzag stitching over the edges of the fabric or by using a finishing compound.



What else do you need to know?

  • Cut your fabric with the nap: Minky fleece has a nap, which is the direction that the fur lies. It is important to cut your fabric with the nap so that the finished product will look its best.
  • Use a serger to finish your edges: If you have a serger, you can use it to finish the edges of your fabric. This will help to prevent the fabric from fraying and will also give your finished product a more polished look.
  • Be careful not to overstretch the fabric: Minky fleece is a stretchy fabric, but it is important to be careful not to overstretch the fabric when sewing with it. Overstretching the fabric can cause the fabric to lose its shape and can also make the seams pucker.
  • Take your time: Minky fleece can be a bit tricky to sew with, so it is important to take your time and be patient. Don't rush through the process, as this could lead to mistakes.


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