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Date: 7/20/13 1:44 PM

I have a fabric that I think is a type of linen but I really don't know what it is.

The edges are fraying a lot. I'm afraid that whatever I make will fray apart. I was thinking that I could zig-zag the edges - would that work?
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Date: 7/20/13 1:52 PM

No serger available? Pinking may work or, yes, zig-zagging should work too.
Sergers are great for loose edges. I often will serge the cut ends of fabrics before laundering if it looks as if it may fray.



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Date: 7/20/13 1:55 PM

If you don't have a serger, you can use your sewing machine's zigzag stitch along the edge of the fabric. Why don't you conduct a test on a few inches of your fabric, and see what you think?

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Date: 7/21/13 9:53 AM

Zig-Zag with a small stitch will work

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Date: 7/21/13 11:43 AM

Thanks everyone - I'm off to zig-zag until my heart's content!
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Date: 7/21/13 1:55 PM

A zig-zag may be too aggressive as is.

Stitch 1/4' from the raw edge and then trim with pinking shears or do the zig-zag within the 1/4" stitching.

A serger would be the next best solution.

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Date: 7/22/13 0:30 AM

I'd recommend Seams Great. It's a bias-cut tricot binding that is easy to apply and is excellent at preventing fraying--much better than pinking or straight stitching.

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Date: 7/22/13 1:41 AM

I zig zagged for 30 years, until I got an overlocker. On linen, silk, cotton, wool, everything I made!

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Date: 7/22/13 2:08 PM

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I'd recommend Seams Great. It's a bias-cut tricot binding that is easy to apply and is excellent at preventing fraying--much better than pinking or straight stitching.



Liz

I just looked up Seams Great and it looks like Stitch Witchery. Is it the same thing only I would stitch it in place and not iron it?

Would sewing bias tape or a cotton fabric down the side of the fabric work?
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Date: 7/22/13 2:38 PM

I'm with Wendy - zig zag works for almost everything. Test on your fabric, of course, to find the size and length of zig zag that works best. I never worried too much about how the inside of the garment looked and I learned about zig zagging in a university costume shop where expediency and durability were key.

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