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Thread: Kona solids fraying?

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    Has anyone else had trouble with Kona cottons fraying like crazy on the back side of a quilt top? I am in the process of making my quilt sandwich but keep having to stop to trim thousands of frayed threads from the back that are showing through to the front. I am really frustrated!! Yes, I starched both my fabric and my sewn blocks as I worked.

    I am making an entire quilt from nothing but Kona solids (from City Quilts). It's fun and colorful, but not sure I would do another one with all these issues with fraying!

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    I have noticed a lot of fraying. I just bought a Moda Bella solids color card and may try that brand for a while.

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    I used a Kona cotton gold that frayed. I think I don't really like the fabric.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

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    I'm having trouble if I don't cut them exactly on grain. Those little threads cut off grain escape easily.

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    STARCH! the more you use the less fabric frays. I have two quilt tops drapped over the chair right now and the one has one little stray thread the other has NONE! I use to have ALOT of trouble with fraying. Now that I use the crap outta some starch (2 cans on six yards tonight) I don't have that problem. Its like glue and it holds the fabric together.
    Good luck and welcome to the board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    STARCH! the more you use the less fabric frays. I have two quilt tops drapped over the chair right now and the one has one little stray thread the other has NONE! I use to have ALOT of trouble with fraying. Now that I use the crap outta some starch (2 cans on six yards tonight) I don't have that problem. Its like glue and it holds the fabric together.
    Good luck and welcome to the board!
    This! I use Kona black a lot and prewash then iron with starch (maybe not two cans but a generous amount! :mrgreen: ) and I don't have any more trouble with it than any other brand. I love it because the black is so deep and true. :-D

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    I pre-wash & use sizing on my Kona, too. I do like it because it retains the black dye.

    It has proven for me to be a quality fabric, it is readily accessible and endurable.

    The Kona that I use has a good hand, it also comes in a variety of colors and it is a real nice solid blender with other parts of my stash. :-)

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    If they fray so badly why doesn't everyone complain to the company by email maybe they would do something about it.

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    I've used very few Kona solids and find the seem to fray also. I am now looking at the Moda Bella solids and at Michael Millers. Kona has always felt a bit stiff to me but it hasn't been a major problem since I prefer the blender type look rather than a solid.

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    Kona frays if not on grain, but does retain it's color, be careful to establish the grain & you should have no problem.
    I don' t use kona in applique, because of the fraying.

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    next time make your cuts with pinking shears or you can buy a (pinking-rotory blade) that's what i used when using fabrics that fray alot...usually flannels but some cottons too. really helps

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    by "retains its color" does that mean it doesn't bleed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    by "retains its color" does that mean it doesn't bleed?
    When I say that, I mean that it doesn't fade. A lot of blacks do when exposed to any kind of light, not only direct sun, and end up more of a charcoal or even a dark brown, depending on the dye mix used. Kona, in my experience, stays a true, midnight black both on the bolt, on an open shelf in my studio and in a quilt - I have a couple hanging here on the walls with Kona in them, one has been up for over a year and the other about 7 months, both have been in the washing machine at least once, and both are as black as the day they were made. :-D

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