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edge finish for canvas?
need to make a sling/lift for a yellow lab
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Date: 1/27/13 10:07 PM

I need to make a sling or band to help my stepdaughter lift her elderly yellow lab. I bought some canvas, although it's not like a sailing-weight heavy canvas. I am wondering if I can do a quick edge-finish/hem with the serger rather than some kind of foldover hem. A wide rolled edge? Just a 4-thread overlock? Or is the canvas just going to be too heavy for my serger? I do have a heavy duty Sailrite, but the edges of the canvas fray and the Sailrite only has a straight and zigzag stitch, so I'd need to fold over I guess or zigzag the edges. Getting the job done quickly is more important than looks. Thanks for any ideas.

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Date: 1/28/13 9:51 AM

Allorache - I used to sew covers for wheelchair cushions in a heavy canvas -like fabric. I used my overlocker very successfully for hundreds of covers. I used a 4 thread (for seams) and it would stop the dege fraying for you with only 1 thickness for sure. I think making the stitch length shorter (stitches closer together) could help too.The only places it didn't like was where seams met (4 thicknesses instead of 2) and there was a height discrepancy causing missed stitches. This happens anyway with thick bits. I had no adverse effects for my overlocker it is still going strong.

Perhaps do a test edge first and adjust the stitch sing your normal adjustments? I'm sure it will be fine and the Lab will thank you. Let us know how you go. Rita

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Date: 1/28/13 9:53 AM

Another thought - you could use a jeans needle for strength. Rita

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Date: 1/28/13 10:11 AM

I used to make awnings and we finished the edges of the canvas with a binding which was like a wide twill tape. You might be able to use a regular double-fold binding. It was sewn on with a zig-zag stitch.

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Date: 1/28/13 10:17 AM

When we needed a sling to help Cassie up the stairs when she tore her ACL, we just used an old towel. It was soft under her chest and belly, but strong enough for a 70+ pound dog. It was also easy to grip.

Your serger should be just fine finishing the edge of the canvas, I would not use a rolled hem, just serge the edge.

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Date: 1/28/13 10:24 AM

We also used a towel to help our Lab up the stairs after surgery for her ACL. While it worked well, was soft etc. if I were going to be using it for an extended period I would have made one and put handles on it. Just a thought:)

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Date: 1/28/13 3:33 PM

stepdaughter said she tried the towel and couldn't get a good grip on it. I did some testing this morning and it looks like a fairly wide rolled edge is going to work fine. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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Date: 1/28/13 3:53 PM

My favorite edge finish for canvas dog projects is (like another poster suggested) to bind them. Purchased bias tape works fine, since it doesn't have to be perfect.

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Date: 1/28/13 6:12 PM

I wish my bias-tape skills were any good....another thing I need to work on. I think my serger will do this if I have the right foot??? Or am I imagining that? I know it has an elastic foot

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