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Thread: What to do with fraying fabric?

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    Super Member JuneBillie's Avatar
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    What to do with fraying fabric?

    What does everyone do with cheap fabrics that seem to do nothing but fray?
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    I have ironed a lightweight fusible interfacing to some fabric because I had to use it. Otherwise I would have pitched it!!!
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    Clothesline basket?

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    I've had Moda fray like crazy on me! In general, I just whip through the piecing as quickly as I can with as tight a stitch as possible. Then I pretend nothing on the back of the top is happening.

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    Pinking shears or pinking rotary cutter or Fray Check and hope that it helps. Lol - but if it's cheap thin low thread count I for sure wouldn't mix it in with my high thread count fabric.

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    I really have only had the super cheapo $1.50 a yard Walmart poly/cotton mix fabrics fray on me so badly that I worried about the integrity of the quilt. I just did as JulieR says and stitch with a small tight stitch, then maybe use fray check. I just avoid those altogether since I mostly make quilts anyway.

    Fray check is seriously the most awesome product though, I gotta tell ya! I use it for all sorts of things, aside from quilting!
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    Use it for making chenille strips or rag quilts!

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    Do you NEED that fabric? Can something else be used? My sanity is worth more than a fraying fabric. But then I'll use silk lamee which ravels a lot. Cut 1/2" seams. Might use Fray Check in some places. Cut/sew and finish quilt quickly. Back with lightweight fusable interfacing.

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    Run a zigzag stitch over the edge. Use usual stitch length or longer and as wide as you can without going over your seam width.

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    I say to myself "life is too short" and I throw the offending fabric away.
    I had read something once to the effect of "simplify your life. If it isn't useful, beautiful, or joyful, get rid of it."
    "He who masters the grey everyday is a hero."


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