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Posted on: 10/5/05 4:31 PM
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I use mainly natural fibres and most of them fray rather badly, especially linens. Now I overlock the cut edges of the fabric before I pre-wash it which prevents the edges from fraying. I usually just pop the fabric into the washing machine which is very practical.

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lindy said... (10/7/05 1:13 PM) Reply
Yup, I always do this too. I've tried pinking the raw edges but it usually doesn't work out as well as serging.
mamacita said... (10/6/05 1:35 PM) Reply
I was just reminded of how good a tip this is. I had been in the habit of serging either end of my new fabric before washing it. without thinking, I threw some flannel for pj bottoms into the washer. what a tangle when I pulled it out! I had completely forgotten to serge off the ends!
Hilary said... (10/6/05 7:42 AM) Reply
Great idea! I've been doing this for awhile, with wovens, and it prevents the need to untangle and tear threads that inevitably end up "tieing" everything together in a massive lump, too.
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