For fabric what is nap?
'Nap' is a term used for fabric that has a 'pile' such as velvet, corduroy, and suede. In other words not smooth, but with a fuzzy, fur-like surface. When you sweep your hand across the fabric, the threads will stand up in one direction, and lay down in the other direction.
When using fabric like this, you want all pattern pieces to have the 'nap' going the same direction, so you have to use extra care in laying them out. Usually you want the nap to lay down from the top of the garment towards the bottom.
A light cotton fabric probably doesn't have a nap. A nap is most noticeable on velvet where it looks different when you run your hand over it one way than the other way. The same is true with corduroy. If a fabric has a nap, it is important to sew pieces together with the nap going the same way. A light cotton fabric, such as a cotton knit or voile, does not have a nap.
A napped fabric is a fabric with a "nap", that is, a fabric with a textured surface that looks different depending on how it is viewed or positioned. Faux furs, velour, velvet, suedes (real and synthetics), and some fleeces have a nap. Determining nap is important if you are cutting out a pattern. It is usually easy to determine nap by stroking the lengthwise and crosswise grain of the fabric in an up-and-down motion. One…
fleece fabric is a man-made fabric made of polyester. According to information found at www.fabricdiva.com , fleece is made from polyester, and is part of the stretch knit family of fabrics. Twisted yarns are knitted into fabric. Then a series of wire brushes rough up the surface and create the nap. Finally, the fabric is sheared.
Very carefully. If you are a novice, please have someone HANDS ON it with you. To plan your pattern, to know there is a nap and most patterns will tell you how much extra fabric those with NAP will need. Fabrics such as this, I will hand stitch the seam before sewing on machine. It is slippery. Please be careful as to have to seam-rip (fix an error) will leave MARKS on the fabric which…