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Thread: To Back or not to Back

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    So I am doing this simple tablecloth. The pattern says to just turn under the final border edge to create a hem without doing a backing or batting. I can understand no batting, but no backing? So I am looking for thoughts on whether this tablecloth should have a back to cover the raw edges of the sewing. And if I do put a back on it, should I quilt it? Thanks for your thoughts!

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    Do you want to quilt or not is a factor. What does the the back look like and if you have a backing and it it pieced it will stop the raveling. :D :D :D
    Can you post a pic it will give us a better idea what to recommend!!!!!

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    I would probably back it with a simple muslin backing. At least that is what I would do if it fit with the tablecloth. Good luck and post pictures!

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    If you don't want to back it but also don't show the raw edge of the sewing (hem) just fold it twice before you hem it. Only the folded edge will show if you lift it to see.

    Maria

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    If it was for me, I would back it. You can quilt it really simply coming down the "ditch" with a wavy stitch every 6 - 12 inches or so.

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    If you want to wash it in the future, and that is quite likely, given what it is, then backing it is a good idea.

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    I would back it. I wouldn't want the raw edges to show on would be afraid it would fray if it was washed.

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    Nancy Zieman from "Sewing With Nancy" recommends backing tablecloths and table toppers with flannel.

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