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Tips & Techniques > Fray-Check, how to soften

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Posted on: 8/4/04 9:54 AM
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We all dislike the way fray-check hardens as it dries. To counteract that, as soon as you apply it, steam-iron it until it is dry. Don't leave the iron on it -- just keep ironing & steaming the spot until you can see it is dry. That keeps the fabric dry, and it will be soft.

8/7/04 To clarify, while steaming it you're actually ironing it, back & forth so as not to scorch the fabric -- the point is to keep ironing it with the iron steaming until you can see that the fabric is dry. When the fabric has cooled it is then soft to the touch.

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cheryldimont said... (1/17/08 12:30 PM) Reply
i would highly reccommend using a pressing cloth between the fabric and the iron plate; otherwise, one risks gumming up the iron plate.
AnneM said... (2/4/06 3:34 PM) Reply
Hi Pat. I remembered that someone had posted this tip, and I'm about to do the collar on my speed tailoring jacket - where she recomends using fray-check at one point. So I had to go and look this up.
Sew it seams said... (6/6/05 8:36 PM) Reply
I'm going to try this too. Thanks Pat.
pia2099 said... (6/5/05 11:55 PM) Reply
thank you so much for this tip. I've strayed from fray check for this very reason. I'll iron it next time again thank you ann
PVA said... (8/15/04 10:31 AM) Reply
8/15/04 Maria: Yes , for this to work, the iron is in full contact with the fabric.
SewVeryTall said... (8/14/04 9:16 AM) Reply
comments are out of order...hmmmm...also, oops, it's "scorch"
SewVeryTall said... (8/14/04 4:27 AM) Reply answer to your question, yes. The wording is a little confusing. Where PVA says "don't leave the iron on it" she means "don't leave the iron in one place", keep it moving like you always do in ironing, so it doesn't scortch. Where she says "that keeps the fabric dry" she means "the ironing will dry the fray-check".
Maria Hatfield said... (8/13/04 12:19 PM) Reply
So your actually touching the iron to the fabric with the steam coming out of the iron, right ?
PVA said... (8/7/04 10:01 AM) Reply
StitchMD, I have clarified the point in the review. Thanks for the question, there is a distinct difference between steaming and ironing! (8^D)
Stitchology said... (8/6/04 10:12 AM) Reply
Do you make contact with the iron or just hold it close enough to steam the surface?
Mary Stiefer said... (8/6/04 9:36 AM) Reply
Thanks for this great tip. I have used fray-check many times and I love this idea. I'm sure I will be using it in the near future.
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