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Tips & Techniques > salvaging frayed towels

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Posted on: 10/22/09 12:25 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 6 people   Very Helpful by 15 people   
The side edges of my terry cloth towels get frayed before the remainder of the towels wear out. Serging off the frayed edges with a matching 3 thread wide overcast stitch is an easy way to prolong their useful "life". The serging removes the stragglies and provides a neat and protective edge.

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owlie said... (11/28/09 8:21 AM) Reply
Thanks Brine for providing a tip that means something isn't thrown away. I am heavy into mending and re-use these days, and it's more creative than not.
costumecarol said... (10/26/09 8:56 AM) Reply
I have done this to save on laundry. A big towel is cut into 6 or eight pieces with raw edges serged. One piece is big enough to dry me, an average sized human. With cheaper, thinner towels, one for my face and hair, one for the rest of me. At the end of the week, I was the equivelent of a couple towels instead of five or six.
Warbler said... (10/25/09 11:10 PM) Reply
I am fairly new to serging and this is an excellent project! Especially the binding!
Sandra Mil said... (10/24/09 10:37 PM) Reply
I have been doing this for years and recently started making binding out of coordinating fabric to make smaller cloths for washing dishes by hand.
mssewcrazy said... (10/23/09 8:50 AM) Reply
I do this to those turned into utility rags or donated to the animal shelter here that is always needing towels and cleaning rags. This tip is a good one.
ChristineBR said... (10/23/09 7:49 AM) Reply
Yes, and you can also cut them into facecloth size and then serge. As well, using bias binding along the sides makes them look very nice as well as repairs the frays.
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