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Dale C
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Date: 6/26/07 3:13 PM

Everytime I make napkins, the edges curl up after I wash them and they need to be pressed. Does anyone know of a way to sew them that will prevent the curled edges? Thanks.

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Date: 6/26/07 4:14 PM

What edge finish are you using? Serged, rolled hem, binding?
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Date: 6/26/07 4:28 PM

How disappointing! I like to make my own napkins too.

Did you preshrink the fabric before cutting and sewing? If so, then you might use a longer stitch length.

Test a sample before making an entire batch of napkins.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Date: 6/26/07 5:52 PM

I use a narrow hem, and sometimes a rolled hem. I usually don't bother prewashing fabric for napkins, but maybe that would help too.

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Date: 6/26/07 6:33 PM

Prewashing will definitely help. If you put the rolled edge on unwashed fabric, then wash the result, the stitches are going to do their best to hold the original shape -- hence, rolling and puckering. You can also try increasing your differential just a little bit, to give the stitch a bit of "gather" and make sure you're not stretching out the fabric at all when you sew.
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Date: 6/26/07 7:03 PM

Slight O/T, but I have to ask...do you make just 'nice' napkins for special occasions or just everyday napkins? What kind of fabric do you use? I've made nice tablecloths with matching napkins out of the poly tablecloth fabric from Hancocks, but I was considering making everyday napkins out of fabric leftovers.

We go through many paper napkins with a large family and I'm thinking it might be nice to save a few trees and it would look prettier to have a rainbow of fabric napkins for everyday use.

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Date: 6/26/07 8:26 PM

Hi Jen. I haven't made any, but followed this earlier discussion:

fabric for napkins

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Date: 6/26/07 8:57 PM

Thanks Anne. That link is helpful!

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Date: 6/26/07 10:42 PM

I did a review of napkins I made for my daughter's wedding last summer. Since I made 45 (!!) we are obviously still using them and they'll probably be draped over my coffin when I die, they are that sturdy. We use them everyday and have completely eliminated paper napkins--better for the environment. They are made of 2 layers of good quality quilting cotton and a simple project.

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Date: 6/27/07 3:55 PM

Thanks Welmoed. I usually skip the prewashing, but I guess I should make sure to do it.

I made a whole bunch for my wedding, and have done some for gifts. I did a plain everyday set for our family too and will make more.
Usually I use linen for nice occasions, or plain cotton prints (barkcloth works nicely) for home or gifts. My mom likes to take these for omiyage when she escorts Japan tours.

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