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Polar Fleece, Needles, and Lint

This tip really applies to any sewing machine, whether sewing machine, serger, or embroider machine.

Before beginning projects with polar fleece, or other non-natural fabric, purchase extra needles. This is because polar fleece dulls needles much quicker than cotton, silk, or wool. I cut scraps of fabric to make sample stitches, and attach the "used" needles to those when done. I do not even try to use them for regular sewing after using them on polar fleece. Snack-sized ziplock bags can be used to put the stitching samples, along with an index card with notes on machine adjustments for that fabric.

Also, make sure to clean out the machine frequently, as there may be a lot of lint.

I met a lady several years ago who just could not believe how often she had to change her embroidery needles. She had been monogramming cotton diapers and receiving blankets "for years." She was complaining that she had gotten a batch of defective needles. It turned out that she had begun embroidering on light-weight fleece receiving blankets.

You may wish to either manually brush or vacuum out polar fleece lint from your machine. Canned air can drive lint into tiny cracks and crevices, which can be very hard to clean out.

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how to sew on fleece

Be sure to put in a brand new needle (Ballpoint or Microtex) and use a good quality polyester thread.

Lighten the presser foot pressure (if your machine has that capability). If that is not possible, you might find using a walking foot will keep the top fabric from "pushing" in front of the foot.

Here are some additional hints that may be helpful:
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Sewing Fleece on Sewing Machine

Aug 28, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I have a Husqvarna serger and when I try to serge and cut through 3 thicknesses of sweatshirt fleece it won't cut. I have replaced the cutter and it still won't cut. The same happens when I sew on polar fleece.

I really need to know what kind of serger you have , if it is the 905 910 or the 936 series take a look at the large headed screw that holds the knife in place. if you are doing fleece it will cause a lot of build up of lint behind this screw and not allow the knife to go all the way up and down causing it not to cut multi layers of fabric, and if this is the case it probably needs to go the an authorized tech for a thorough cleaning

Oct 21, 2009 | Husqvarna Huskylock Computerized 905

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