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Date: 6/12/12 4:09 PM

Hello, I didn't know where to post this topic so i started here. I am needing tips on how to stop the fray on fabric . I use fray check before i wash/pre-shrink the fabric when i am done with the garment and rewash to get all the markings etc off it the seams/edges are all frayed again and i am clipping off strings etc. I don't have a serger *in the works* is there something i can do to stop this? any suggestions would be great thanks

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Date: 6/12/12 4:13 PM

Zig zag the inside of the garment slightly to the inside on the edges, pink the edges or use the web to search for vintage finishing techniques.

One of the ways will help!

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Date: 6/12/12 6:28 PM

My 1916 Singer doesn't have a serger OR a zig zag. I just run a line or two of stitches close to the raw edge.

The first couple of times I wash the garment, I may have to clip strings, but, eventually, they kinda "felt together" and it's fine.





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Date: 6/12/12 7:46 PM

Neither does my 1927 treadle, jadamo00. I learned a variety of ways to finish the insides because of that.

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Date: 6/12/12 8:25 PM

I LOVE pinking shears for this task... it's easy, quick and painless :-)

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Date: 6/12/12 9:04 PM

Have you tried the pinking blades for rotary cutters?
I just bought one and wondered how it compares to shears.

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Date: 6/12/12 9:19 PM

I love French seams! They are easy to do and give not only a very professional look to the inside of a garment, but . . . no fraying!! I have even done them on curved seams, and I prefer them to serging on many garments.

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Date: 6/13/12 1:14 AM

thanks everyone for the help i think i will try the pinking shears do i do that instead of the fray check for pre-shirking?

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Date: 6/13/12 1:59 AM

Personally, I would fray check it to prewash, then pink the edges when I was cutting out.

Linda, I don't use my rotary cutter at all, so my experience is simply third hand, which amounts to a hill of beans. She quilts and iirc, wasn't too impressed with it, but then, we're all vintage nuts and the pinking attachment was the cooler item to actually have.
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Date: 6/13/12 6:03 PM

You put Fray-Check along ALL the cut edges of your fabric before washing? Yikes--what a lot of work, and what a lot of Fray-Check! I just throw everything straight in the wash and cut the strings off after. I suppose if you're really ambitious, you could pink the edges, but I hate my pinking shears (far from painless, no matter what Heather says! LOL).

If this is something that really bothers you, you should definitely invest in a serger. I think you'll save money over the Fray-Check in the end.

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