If you want to know the the difference between the types of fleece you have to read this. Yes there is a difference between the various “fleeces” and here’s your guide.
Polar/Blizzard/ Anti Pill/ Medium Weight Fleece
Polar fleece materials have become synonymous with outdoor recreation. This lightweight fabric provides superior warmth, comfort, durability and breathability. Malden Mills first produced a fabric called "Polarfleece" in 1979. It was a unique fabric because it was both lightweight and warm. Polar fleece is also good for no-sew projects or tie blankets. Polar Fleece can be divided in to two categories, anti-pill and non anti-pill.
Anti-pill tends to be a more high quality fabric, and doesn’t “ball up” or “pill” after several washes. Non anti-pill is cheaper, but will get little pills after wearing and washing. I personally recommend spending a little bit more money for the anti-pill as it will look nicer longer. Polar fleece is found in a variety of thicknesses, but each weighs a fraction of its woolen equivalent in warmth, a medium weight tends to be the most common one that you will find in your local fabric store. Its light weight makes it a great choice for outdoor adventures like hiking and camping.
How It Is Made
Polar fleece is made by combining petroleum derivatives at a high temperature. As this petroleum derivative combination is cooled, the syrupy mixture is strained and forms stringy fibers. These fibers are then twisted together to form polar fleece. Polar fleece fabric contains air pockets that capture a person's body heat. The breathability of the fabric simultaneously evaporates moisture and increases air flow
Uses and Care
Polar fleece fabrics are used in blankets and a variety of apparel, such as sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts and pants. It is also well-known for its use in outdoor recreation clothing. Is easy to care for. Garments containing the fabric can be best preserved by turning them inside-out before machine-washing. Washing them in cold water and line-drying also extends the life of the garment.
Softer than polar fleece, micro fleece is wonderful to touch and is mostly geared for baby and children projects. There is a very clear right and wrong side to most micro-fleece. One side has the heavenly feel with its tiny (almost furry) fibers. It is thinner than the medium weight fleece. And while it doesn’t fray the ends don’t fray they can be stretched out of shape, so it recommended not to leave exposed edges raw.
Because of it’s construction and texture it’s not recommended for no sew projects as it will shed and stretch more that polar fleece. the edges need to be finished so it won’t get stretched out in the washer. If you wash it cold, do not use fabric softener and dry it low, it will help to maintain it’s soft fury texture.
Now you know all about the greatest attributes of fleece!