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aquamarineerica

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Date: 5/26/10 10:46 AM

I am sewing tablecloths for the restaurant I work at. This material frays very easily. I was told just to do a basic straight stitch one half inch from the edge. Okay, easy enough. But one, I had never sewed on this fabric and it was kinda slick! Two, I cannot see that a straight stitch will keep the edges from fraying. I want to sew something that I know will hold together well. These tablecloths will get a lot of use. Would a French seam be a good idea?

Erica

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Date: 5/26/10 10:57 AM

quick way - zigzag (if you don't have a serger, like me)
quickest way - serge it (over lock? overcast?)
slower, neater way - double fold it (fold 1/4", then 3/8" or 1/2" inch)

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Date: 5/26/10 11:52 AM

Maybe the want it to ravel up to the stitching--kind of like fringe?

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Date: 5/26/10 12:44 PM

I would ask again before doing the work- perhaps take a fabric scrap or even paper of the straight stitch as was requested explaining the fraying that will occur with that fabric and then one with a hem double folded. I found through the years that non sewers sometimes mean something completely different than what they said or described.

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Date: 5/26/10 12:46 PM

I agree w/previous post that serging would be easiest. Depending on how much cotton they have or All polyester Pressing the 1/4 inch and then turn another 1/4 would loook neat. Another option would be to use one of the softer bias tapes. Sew tape on at 1/4 inch then fold under and sew top stitch making sure your thread is a perfect match.

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Date: 5/26/10 12:52 PM

Probably they don't understand sewing and fabric and how washing will fray a simple basic straight stitch. They probably measured and found they could do without 1/2 inch on each side and still have nice table coverage. I would sew as someone else said: sew a basic straight stitch (staystitch) at 1/4 inch from the edge (or serge), Fold on the staystitch favoring fabric toward the wrong side, Press, Fold again and sew-I think that's 1/2 inch total. It's more work and time consuming than non-sewers appreciate. The fabric probably does not take a good press, either. Temporary spray adhesive (Sulky kk 2000 or other) will help and can be used instead of the pressing step. I'd be interested to know what you came up with as a solution.

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Date: 5/26/10 12:52 PM

Probably they don't understand sewing and fabric and how washing will fray a simple basic straight stitch. They probably measured and found they could do without 1/2 inch on each side and still have nice table coverage. I would sew as someone else said: sew a basic straight stitch (staystitch) at 1/4 inch from the edge (or serge), Fold on the staystitch favoring fabric toward the wrong side, Press, Fold again and sew-I think that's 1/2 inch total. It's more work and time consuming than non-sewers appreciate. The fabric probably does not take a good press, either. Temporary spray adhesive (Sulky kk 2000 or other) will help and can be used instead of the pressing step. I'd be interested to know what you came up with as a solution.

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Date: 5/26/10 1:04 PM

I would fold it over 1/4 and 1/4 and sew. It will look neater and more professional. If its still fraying you can try using fray check.

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Date: 5/26/10 10:09 PM

I would use 1/4 inch 'steam a seam' and fuse under a narrow hem, and fold the hem over again and sew.

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Date: 5/27/10 10:54 AM

Thanks for posting.

I have thirteen of these to do by tomorrow. I'm going to fold the hem over by 1/4 inch and then sew. I don't have a serger.

Thank you again!
Erica

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