SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Bernina
Bernina

Forum > Fabrics and more... > How to stop fraying ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
How to stop fraying
rimna5
rimna5
Member since 3/21/08
Posts: 56
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



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?

lgrande
star
lgrande  Friend of PR
Montana USA
Member since 1/18/12
Posts: 2313
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



In reply to rimna5 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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.



-- Edited on 7/20/13 1:53 PM --

------
Linda - Funny, I don't remember being absentminded.
Funny, I don't remember being absentminded.

Bernina 830LE - Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000 - Bernina B530 - Janome 6600P - Pfaff 1209 - Babylock Evolution - Janome 644 - Babylock Sashiko2 - Babylock BLCS-2

nancy2001
starstarstarstar
nancy2001  Friend of PR
Member since 12/3/05
Posts: 6441
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



In reply to rimna5 <<


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?

------
No sewing project is ever a complete success nor a total failure.

sew4grands
star
sew4grands  Friend of PR
Member since 2/23/09
Posts: 347
Skill: Intermediate
Body Type:
Send Message

      



Date: 7/21/13 9:53 AM

Zig-Zag with a small stitch will work

------
Nancy B.
I sew with 4 Brothers and a Featherweight
Babylock Serger

rimna5
rimna5
Member since 3/21/08
Posts: 56
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



Date: 7/21/13 11:43 AM

Thanks everyone - I'm off to zig-zag until my heart's content!

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 8042
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth. If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basketball Coach

utahliz
utahliz
Michigan USA
Member since 4/30/03
Posts: 204
Skill: Beginner
Send Message

      



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.

Liz

KiwiWendy
starstarstar
KiwiWendy
International AUSTRALIA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 3149
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



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!

------
Sydney, Australia

rimna5
rimna5
Member since 3/21/08
Posts: 56
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



In reply to utahliz <<


Date: 7/22/13 2:08 PM

Quote: utahliz
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?
tourist
star
tourist  Friend of PR
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 6553
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



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.

------
http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> How to stop fraying

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics

Class Details

Online Class
The Contemporary Couture Jacket
The Contemporary Couture Jacket

Class Details

Drafted from RTW pillowcases

photo
by: Margaret

Review
Sewing Workshop Mimosa Top & Pants Pattern

Sewing Workshop Mimosa Top & Pants Pattern

Pattern Details
TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King

TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.