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Tips & Techniques > limiting fraying when prewashing

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Posted on: 5/27/10 6:08 PM
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Most people prewash at least some of their fabrics, and there's always an inch or more fabric that's ruined by the fraying. This little trick has worked on every kind of fabric I've tried it on.

Simply sew a straight stitch close to the raw edges of the fabric before you wash it. the stitching will limit how far the fabric can fray and waste less. After it's dry, simply cut the stitching off!

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granny geek said...
When washing large pieces of fabric, I serge the ends together. This not only stops the fraying, but also keeps the fabric from twisting or tangling in the wash and makes it easier to iron.
5/28/10 0:12 AM
ryansmumAria said...
This is a great technique to share with others. I also sew the ends together which is quite helpful. Thanks!
5/28/10 0:42 AM
kws said...
if the fabric is long, I sew the two raw edges together to limit twisting.
5/28/10 8:57 AM
fourkid said...
Great tips - I never knew....
5/28/10 9:02 AM
Teeavilnor said...
Smart:)
5/28/10 1:47 PM
carolrv said...
I'll try that. I remember making a fringed scarf for a 4H project and that was the way to limit the "fringing" or fraying. I usually serge the cut ends of pieces that go into the washer.
6/17/10 6:41 AM
 
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