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Old 09-15-2008, 11:53 AM
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I'm getting ready to back a couple of tops. I will need to piece the back together. In the EB book I have it says to rip off the selvage before sewing together. My quesion is: wouldn't it be stronger to leave the selvage on the backing before sewing the two sides together? Or would it just be extra bulk?
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:15 PM
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My experience has been that the selvage shrinks at a different rate than the rest of the fabric. I always cut mine off. I wouldn't choose to tear it because that will stretch the fabric.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 09-16-2008, 04:37 AM
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I was always told to cut them off. It works for me.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:03 AM
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I leraned a long time ago to cut the selvage off. It shrinks horribly!
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:33 AM
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You can buy extra wide backing fabric that is 108 inches wide I have started using that and eliminate the piecing together. It is more expensive but you don't need to buy as much.

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:13 PM
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I also take off the selvages for the above mentioned reasons. The only variation is that I don't "rip" them off. I rotary cut them for a clean edge.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:32 PM
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I usually tear off my selvages but then use a min 5/8 in seam to make sure that if it got stretched, the stretch would be in the seam allowance, than I press the seam open
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:22 AM
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ditto on cutting off the salvage....I don't tear...don't like the threads...
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:28 AM
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I usually sew a 5/8" seam when joining the selvages together....then cut so I end up with a 1/4" seam.
The longarm quilter told me it was difficult to quilt thru the selvage edges and she prefers to have the selvages removed.

While we're on this subject, which way are your seams supposed to run? Up and down horizontal or across the quilt vertical.
I've heard different reasons from quilters as to which way it should be.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:07 AM
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Do it however you like.

I prefer to use one 40" wide piece in the middle, running the length, and then have panels on each side of that one rather than have a seam in the middle of the quilt.
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