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Thread: If you do a zig zag on your fabric before washing

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    If you zig zag your fabric ends before washing do you put the two cut ends together and zig zag. (folding fabric in half)

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    I don't .. just serge each end separately.

    Would it be better to put the ends together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fraydknot12326
    I don't .. just serge each end separately.

    Would it be better to put the ends together?

    I also serge each raw edge separately.

    I will fold skinny strips and pin their edges together before washing to minimize tangling.

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    You do this because??????

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    Just saw the answer...

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    so it wont fray. am I right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carron
    You do this because??????
    Serging to minimize fraying.

    I fold and pin the skinny pieces together so they don't wind around each other and get distorted. (Some people put them in a mesh bag or pillow case before putting them in the washer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagarBeez
    If you zig zag your fabric ends before washing do you put the two cut ends together and zig zag. (folding fabric in half)
    I didn't do anything at first, oh my the fraying (would lose several inches this way). Then I went to zig zagging the ends, better but they still twisted and became so tangled that the wrinkles were enormous, just discovered that serging them helped so much. I haven't folded them in half or tried the mesh bag trick yet, but am considering it on the larger (several yard) sizes as they still twist together.

    Definately either serge or zig zag it does make a difference.

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    Hint: I posted this a while ago use brass safety pins and just fold your fabrics and pin in the salvages & along the cut edge in a few places. Wash away! It will not only keep down on the twisting,wrinkles, But raveling too! 8-)

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    I serge the ends the prevent fraying.

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    I also serge the ends so I don't lose so much fabric to fraying.

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    The 1/2 to about 4 yard pieces behave well in my dryer.

    The longer than that pieces do better in the large tumble dryers like they have in some laundromats.

    They tend to ball up in my dryer - and I have to check every so often to unfold/unwad the piece so it will dry with fewer wrinkles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagarBeez
    If you zig zag your fabric ends before washing do you put the two cut ends together and zig zag. (folding fabric in half)
    Yep, I do ... and I adjust the tension so it is easier to take out the stitches.

    ali

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    My DH zigzags everthing for me and I have no problems with fraying or tangles. He gets them done much faster than I do. He really makes my machine go. lol When I mentioned it, he asked if he was running it too fast and I assured him that the machine was made to move fast. I just don't have good control with a lot of speed. I'm more comfortable going slower.

    I tried the laundry bag with fat quarters and had a mess with fraying threads wrapping the separate fabrics together so tight that I thought I would have to cut the fabrics to get them apart. I won't do that again. :)

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