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Thread: Is it ok not to remove selvages from backing if it will end up inside the binding?

  1. #26
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    Jun 2011
    Oh I would not do it, the selvage edge has no give to it. Your project will most likely buckle.
    I snip the cut edge about a half inch from the selvage edge then grab and rip the fabric. It will rip in a straight line, if you don't plan on saving your selvage edges in some cute slevage project then save it anyway, its great (very strong) rope for tying things...like tomatoes in the garden, boxes for recycling etc. Best thing is you know that you have a perfectly straight edge.

  2. #27
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    The main reason to trim off the selvage edges is that they are more tightly woven and will shrink in a different way when washed as well as being somewhat harder to quilt. I usually just take a nip in the fabric next to the selvage, then rip. If you feel you have to use that little bit to make the back large enough,then definitely take snips in the selvage every couple of inches or so, similar to easing in a sleeve in a garment.

  3. #28
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    I have done this in the past and have not noticed any problems. Interesting question though.

  4. #29
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    I think you are asking for puckers if you do.

  5. #30
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    I would be more afraid of the backing shrinking and pulling in when it's quilted than I would be of leaving the selvedge on. I would cut the selvdges off and add a border on the backing if it's going to be that close to the size of the top. Quilting shrinks the backing and the batting and you may end up with the top overhanging the back.

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    That sounds like very good advice. Good thinking!
    Quote Originally Posted by nanibi View Post
    If you have to use the selvedge, you might try snipping into it every inch or 2 after you've sewn the first side of the binding on. It's more tightly woven and often shrinks up more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slicksister View Post
    Meh, I've done it. Not a big deal.
    I agree -- I have washed hundreds of fabric pieces and none of the selvages have ever drawn up. My only problem with current selvages is the print down the edges and the holes that run along the edges. (We measured one selvage at our church quilting and it was over an inch deep!! What a waste!) For batiks with the selvage the same color as the fabric I have used it frequently when I need that little extra.

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    Thank you for all that input ladies! I am quilting it myself and will probably be SITD. I do have a small overhang but I am expecting to eat it up during quilting. I've decided to leave the selvages on and HOPE I can cut them off after quilting. The top can't be trimmed. It has no borders as it is (which is also new for me and in fact I wish I could add a border, but I won't because I don't want to piece the back) I need to finish it and not fuss with it any more!!!!

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