Updated at: 26-05-2022 - By: Sienna Lewis

A fleece blanket for the winter can only be made with the right sewing machine needle. You don’t want to damage the fleece in any way while working on your project.

Sewing Machine Needle: Which One is for Fleece?

When it comes to sewing winter crafts, fleece is the best material to use. And it’s a breeze to get it on and off, too. If you want to sew with fleece and get a beautiful stitch, you need to use the proper kind of needle. As a beginner, finding the appropriate needle for a particular fabric was not something I gave much thought to. It had to be learned the hard way for me. Here are three types of needles that perform well with fleece to get you started.

1. Stretch Sewing Needles

Stretch sewing machines require a needle with a more rounded tip than a conventional sewing machine needle. Elastic may be embroidered on using this needle because of its shank, which creates an appealing pattern. A 90/14 and an 80/12 can be used for imitation fur and fleece.

2. Ball Point or Jersey Sewing Needles

The ballpoint needle has a more rounded tip than a regular needle. Fibers can slide amongst each other rather than being chopped by this method. So there’s less chance of a rip in the fabric. When working with microfleece, it’s very important to avoid stitching that is skipped when using a ballpoint needle. You can also use the 90/14 or 80/12 needles if you like.

3. Universal Needles

All varieties of fleece can be sewn with a collection of universal needles that you may already have in your home. Knitting wool, cotton, and fleece using universal needles is a breeze because to their rounded shape. Your needle size will depend on the weight of the fabric you are working with. As a rule of thumb, you can choose between 80/12 (the standard) and 80/11 (the lower standard).

Here’s what you need to know before starting your next fleece garment:

1. Use “with nap” yardage requirements.

Fleece is a nonwoven fabric, which means it lacks a natural grain structure. On the other hand, its exterior is brushed in appearance and only moves in one direction. The “with nap” yardage requirements should be used and the patterns should be laid out in the same direction.

2. Fleece has a right side and a wrong side.

The fleece will begin to curl towards the wrong side if you gently tug it over a cross-grain edge.

3. A chief benefit is its raw edges do not fray, therefore seam finishes are not really necessary.

Rather than an issue of need, they are more a matter of style and taste.

4. Fleece fabric has a considerable amount of stretch, especially along the cross-grain.

It’s both a blessing and a curse for sewage workers. The good news is that it’s simple to get used to the seams. Cross-grains (like necklines) are more prone to stretching, therefore it’s crucial to keep stitching along the edges of these areas.

5. Find ways to eliminate bulk.

Attempting to reduce the weight or bulk of the fabric while sewing with it is vital. The collar and cuffs could be lined with lining fabric.

6. Fleece is hard on scissors and machine needles, so always use a new machine needle.

Sewing machine needles such as ballpoint or microtex are the best. Remove any accumulated fiber by soaking it in a solution of alcohol.

7. Use a good polyester thread and a slightly larger stitch length (3mm-5mm).

For the vast majority of seams, straight stitching is sufficient. In locations where the seam will be subject to considerable movement, such as armholes, a little zigzag stitch should be utilized.

8. Because of its bulk and stretchy nature, stitching seams can sometimes be a challenge.

Shifts can be reduced by reducing machine tension or increasing pressure on the presser foot.

9. Keep your machine clean.

Working with fleece may be a real pain, so be sure to thoroughly clean your machine after each project to remove any remaining fiber particles.

10. Best seam finishes include serged edges, which help to compact the fleece, thus reducing bulk.

Overcast or pinking stitched edges are also good choices.

11. Contain seam allowances and secure hems.

Using a warm iron will not cause an iron crease to form. This means that seam allowances and hems should be kept to a minimum.

12. Best seams include faux flat fell, lapped, or double topstitched seams.

Each one contributes to the polished appearance of the garment’s interior by assisting in the reduction or control of bulk.


It’s all done and dusted! When it comes to stitching fleece, you have the option of using an 80/12 or 90/14 needle, which we found only recently. Ballpoint, universal, and stretch needles specific to the type of fleece you have are the best options.