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Thread: how to keep edges from fraying on a top

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    Hello--
    I'm hauling all my projects, completed and tops, to an assisted living place next month for a mini quilt show. I'll have several quilt tops to take; I'm delaying taking them to the quilter's until after my little show.

    I'm worried about the edges fraying more than they are... any suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Karla, can you serge the edges, or sew around them with a zig-sag stitch? That would help keep the fraying to a minimum, and would be covered by the binding if it were narrow enough.

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    Could you staystitch the edges? :? Just run a tight stitch along the edges? Just a thought!

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    Fray-check - I use it all the time for applique and anchoring threads at the edges of blocks.. For large areas, I'd baste, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Fray-check - I use it all the time for applique and anchoring threads at the edges of blocks.. For large areas, I'd baste, too.
    I was going to suggest Fray-check also.

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    Is that stuff at Joanne's?

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    I'd do a baste stitch all around the quilt.

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    If you use Fray-Check, make sure it is on the very edge and not into the seam allowance - it can get very hard, and I wouldn't want to sew through it. :wink:

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    Thanks for all the help!

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    I just sew about 1/8 from the edge all th way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I just sew about 1/8 from the edge all the way around.
    me, too - I use a straight stitch - about a 2.5 on my machine - maybe about 10 stitches to the inch

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    Just do a 1/8" stay stitch around the outside. If you use the fray check, check with your LAer before you do it.

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    They really shouldn't fray that much just unfolding them and holding them up for people to see. I sure wouldn't use fray check on them, that could get pricey. At the most I would do a stay stitch around the edge.

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    I've never had problems with fray-check getting hard, but I use a thin line and move fast

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    Another idea instead of fray check would be Elmers Glue. Dilute it 50% with water and paint a very thin fine amount right at the edge. You can sew through it easily and it will wash right out.

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    Someone here told me to wrap the backing and the batting over the top and pin it down while you are quilting it. I will be doing that soon. I think it is a terrific tip.

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    They really shouldn't fray that much just unfolding them and holding them up for people to see.
    Hmm--maybe that's the best route for most. If I end up with four tops it'll take awhile to stitch around them all. I'll decide on a q top to top basis. :wink:

    Thanks for the great hints.

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    I would just put some spray starch on them that should help and not be real time consuming....just a thought....good luck....:-)

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    gcathie--good idea. I've never used the stuff--so would I just spray the back? Maybe outside? It can be handled fine afterwards? It'll hold those little threads in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Another idea instead of fray check would be Elmers Glue. Dilute it 50% with water and paint a very thin fine amount right at the edge. You can sew through it easily and it will wash right out.
    Good idea, cheaper too!
    Jo

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    Oh, I did not read the part about the fact that they are just tops. oops.

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