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I don't want my fabric fraying in wash

Old 04-24-2011, 06:43 AM
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I don't want my fabric to fray in the wash. Each piece is about a yd and a half. I am thinking of basting the ends of the fabric, or do you think it would be better to sew on my machine using the largest stitches? I only have a regular sears sewing machine
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:51 AM
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What kind of fabric is it? Manufacturer? If it's a good quality quilting cotton (Moda, Kaufman, etc)with 1.5 yard pieces I don't worry about fraying too much, it's pretty minimal with pieces that size.

Another option would be to hand wash.

I can't remember the reason, and it may be one of those "old wifes tales", but I was told to never stay stich before laundering. That was ... more years ago than I care to remember.
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Put fabric in a pillow case to wash.
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Trimming the ends with pinking shears usually works pretty well. I have a serger so I serge mine.
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I have a small inexpensive mesh laundry bag that I use to wash smaller pieces in. Dollar store sells them in packs of 3. DogHouseMom is correct. Better quality fabrics will only have a minimum amount of fray.
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staystitch!!! i use a zigzag stitch to confuse the threads..
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
Trimming the ends with pinking shears usually works pretty well. I have a serger so I serge mine.
This is what I do and it works great.
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Originally Posted by Scrap Happy
Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
Trimming the ends with pinking shears usually works pretty well. I have a serger so I serge mine.
This is what I do and it works great.
me too
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by EagarBeez
I don't want my fabric to fray in the wash. Each piece is about a yd and a half. I am thinking of basting the ends of the fabric, or do you think it would be better to sew on my machine using the largest stitches? I only have a regular sears sewing machine
If you're meaning hand basting ... it isn't going to help much.
A machine stitch would be required.

As the others said, if it's a reasonable quality there should be minimal fraying. Then just trim it up when you go to use it.
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If u cut a notch in the ends of the rows that feats it cuts fraying down also
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