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Problem snipping the fly to lay it flat
Bias cut frayed, now I have a hole
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Date: 4/17/12 1:10 PM

I'm making a pair of jeans (so close to done, just have to hem!), but something is bugging me about how I inserted the fly. I used Debbie Cook's excellent tutorial, but I think I messed something up. In step 3, I clipped on the bias to get the facing to lie flat. (Sandra Betzina also advises snipping in her fly insertion video, so I don't think there's anything wrong with the instructions.)

I completed construction of the entire garment and threw it in the wash a couple more times before hemming, and I noticed that a small hole was starting to develop on the front, near the base of the zipper. Turning it inside out to investigate, it looks like the clipped area frayed badly enough that it somehow went past the stitching line and into public view. I made a little patch on the inside (with Steam-a-Seam Lite and another piece of scrap denim) that will hopefully stop the fraying in its tracks (I colored the white warp threads with a blue Sharpie and may add a drop of Fray Check later).

In the future, how should I deal with this? (Not snip? Snip less close to the stitching line? Seal with Fray Check after snipping?) Also, any suggestions on what else I can do to the current pair to prevent the hole from getting larger?

Thanks for your thoughts,
June

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Date: 4/17/12 4:30 PM

I've done this too. ARGH! Now what I do is iron a tiny bit of interfacing there before I snip. I also snip in teeny tiny increments so not to snip TOO MUCH! Also a bit of Fray check can help too.

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Date: 4/17/12 9:29 PM

I don't snip quite so close, use a bit of fray block and topstitch.

Did you topstitch the crotch seam? That helps to secure the seam. If you didn't you could go back and topstitch and that would help prevent it from fraying too much more.

Debbie

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Date: 4/17/12 10:38 PM

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Did you topstitch the crotch seam? That helps to secure the seam.

I did, but the fabric really frayed a lot in the wash. I'd never seen stuff fray past a seam before, which sort of makes me worry about the longevity of this pair.
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