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Posted by: katie

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Posted on: 12/8/02 12:24 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 16 people   
When prewashing fabric if you meet the two cut ends together and serge or zigzag the edges together you will no only prevent excessive fraying but the length will not twist up as much and will be easy to iron. The fabric will be a big loop. Beats me why this works but I've been doing it for years and it does.

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Kristi De Paul said... (12/29/02 4:39 PM) Reply
This is a great tip when sewing with longer lengths of fabric; most likely with all lengths. Thanks.
PhyllisC said... (12/27/02 2:51 PM) Reply
...I do this as well - it absolutely works really well. Also - the fabric stays more on-grain.
AnneM said... (12/14/02 10:36 PM) Reply
I just baste the 2 ends together, and that seems to work fine and is easy to remove. (Obviously, you will get a bit more fraying then if you serged the ends.)
Debbie Spriggs said... (12/9/02 3:12 PM) Reply
I will be trying this. Thanks Katie.
Loreli said... (12/9/02 10:56 AM) Reply
Thats a good idea Katie. I will try it out. Thank for the tip.
Deepika said... (12/8/02 11:52 PM) Reply
Yes Katie, I do it every now and then when I am too lazy to zigzag both the ends. Works well :)
Dale C said... (12/8/02 11:30 PM) Reply
That's an interesting idea to try. I often work with long lengths of fabric so this will be helpful. Usually, I'll either just throw it into the wash, or serge the cut ends separately. Thanks for the tip Katie.
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