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my fabric is fraying like crazy
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Date: 9/2/13 11:41 AM

ok, I should probably know this already, and I'm embarrassed to ask, but what techniques can I use to stop fraying? Im making a garment from what seems like a suiting material, I cut it out using pinking shears, and I've done a basic a zig zag stitch after sewing the seams. But the material that is outside the zig zag is still fraying like crazy! I could never wash or wear this garment with he amount of fraying it has. Is there something I can use to sew/press over the seams to stop fraying? Im a fairly new sewer and don't have a serger. Any suggestion would be helpful Thanks

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Date: 9/2/13 11:46 AM

The tips of the ZZ fray, but that is usually it.

French seams will incase the raw edges.

There is a sheer seam tape the would work. It curls around the cut edge as you stitch.

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Date: 9/2/13 12:02 PM

Some fabrics are just evil!

Don't worry there are things you can do, with the garment sewn it may be a bit tricky but it should be fixable.

Head over to Wawak and get some Hug Snug. While you are there look around, there prices are great on all things sewing and they ship super quick, if you are in the northeast you will get your items in a day or two. If you check the notions section here and look for a thread on Pinking Shears, someone posted a coupon code that I think was $20 off of $40.

http://www.wawak.com/products/product.cfm/pid/1202/Hug-Snug-Seam-Binding-Beige/

There is also some fabric glues, Fray Check is one that can be used to stop fraying but it can be a bit scratchy.

You can run another strait stitch, close to the first and smaller stitch along your stitching line to give extra protection. You can also do a second row of zig zag within the seam allowance but not at the edge to reinforce the fabric.

What kind of garment is it? Can you link to the pattern. It is more important on some clothing that the seams press open to allow the garment to shape properly but on others you can have closed seams. If all else fails and the garment would be OK I would stitch the allowance together to prevent further fraying.

Adding a lining can help prevent future fraying after you get it in check.

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Date: 9/2/13 1:07 PM

Just one question: Do you love this fabric enough to turn yourself inside out saving it? Oh, heck; in any case, it's good to practice new fray-stopping techniques.


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Date: 9/2/13 1:35 PM

I have one answer for you: interfacing! I have just been working on a similar fabric. It frayed horribly. Fortunately after interfacing it it stayed put. You can get different weights.

Mostly its used to stiffen collars, facings and stiffen certain aspects of a design. But you can get a really light weight which doesn't affect the drape, but does help create a more stable fabric. It should also make it easier to sew with.

I would ask your local dressmaking supply shop for advice about what they would recommend.

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Date: 9/2/13 1:50 PM

You can simply turn and sew the edge of the seams about 1/8 - 1/4 inch and have clean finished seams.

Also rmusi1 gave a good technique, but it seems you have already cut and sewn the fabric. Using rmusic1's suggestion, you can cut about a 1/2 - 1/4 inch strip of interfacing and sew (or iron if fusible).

Good luck!
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Date: 9/2/13 4:53 PM

If the garment is suitable I'd use either bias or edging tape and serge the seam over it. If you don't have a serger an overedge zig zag would suffice. Double whammy.

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Date: 9/3/13 4:00 PM

You guys are awesome. I didn't expect so many responses so soon. Well in trying to figure out what to do with the garment (before checking back here for responses) I had some Pellon Seam Tape and used that to sew over the seam on the inside of the garment. Hopefully this will suffice, and In the future when I run into this fraying fabric nightmare again I will try some of your suggestions, I have never tried French seams so I may try that in the near future. @mgmsrk1 thanks so much for the link. I have seen similar bindings but never in so many color options. I will be ordering from there soon.
Thanks again for all your help everyone. Im encouraged to not scrap this garment!

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