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Thread: Preventing unraveling fabric in the wash

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    I end up with a ball of string with fabric flags hanging off of it when I try to wash a bunch of fabric. I tried according folding and then pinning the ends, still got a wad-o-tangles, this time with pins sticking out of it; putting it in a mesh bag, got a wad-o-tangles in the bag; and the latest try is cutting the edge with pinking shears. Waiting for the load to finish now to see if that worked.

    Any suggestions to avoid the next Gordian knot?
    Julie

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    I don't usually prewash, but when I do I zig zag the raw edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    I don't usually prewash, but when I do I zig zag the raw edges.
    Me Too :)

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    cut off the corners it helps

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    I wash on the gentle or hand wash cycle and don't have the knotting problem that I use to have.

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    I pink mine and they don't come out too bad.

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    I have found either using my pinking scissors and/or my wavy cut rotary blades, really works well....and if I see that on my fabric I know it has been washed.....

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    I find the pinking works fairly well for me.

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    I baste the ends of my fabric, then place in a mesh bag and end up with minimal threads

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    I serge around the raw edges = no raveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I have found either using my pinking scissors and/or my wavy cut rotary blades, really works well....and if I see that on my fabric I know it has been washed.....
    I serge or pink the edges of all my fabric, and like Deborahlees, if fabric in my stash is serged, I know it's been washed.

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    I just did a few loads of new fabric laundry last night. When I first started sewing I bought a lot of FQ and constantly complained about fray. My more recent fabric purchases have been yardage and I can say that I have FAR less fraying. Last night not a single piece of fabric was "tied" to any other piece of fabric and I had very few strings on the ones that did have some fray.

    Once, a few years ago I made a list of which manufacturers frayed more than others. I'll try to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3
    cut off the corners it helps
    That is what I was going to say.

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    Pinking shears have eliminated that problem for me. I just go around all the edges & its very simple

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    I use Fray Check. It will stop fraying forever.

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    I also wash on the hand wash cycle and it really has cut down on the fray.

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    I prewash all my quilting fabric and serge the edges - no raveling ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie's free time
    I end up with a ball of string with fabric flags hanging off of it when I try to wash a bunch of fabric. I tried according folding and then pinning the ends, still got a wad-o-tangles, this time with pins sticking out of it; putting it in a mesh bag, got a wad-o-tangles in the bag; and the latest try is cutting the edge with pinking shears. Waiting for the load to finish now to see if that worked.

    Any suggestions to avoid the next Gordian knot?
    Julie
    This takes time but works. Fold the fabric into a short hem and zigzag loooooooooong stitches across the cut side. Afer washing and drying, remove the stitches. The longer the easier to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3
    cut off the corners it helps
    That is what I was going to say.

    ****this really does work...the edge looks like a rag quilt...no strings tying everything together. pinking shears has the same effect****

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvspaper
    I also wash on the hand wash cycle and it really has cut down on the fray.
    My washer has a hand wash cycle, too. Used it for the first time recently when washing fabric. After all the fabric isn't really dirty, so the easy agitation is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvspaper
    I also wash on the hand wash cycle and it really has cut down on the fray.
    My washer has a hand wash cycle, too. Used it for the first time recently when washing fabric. After all the fabric isn't really dirty, so the easy agitation is great.

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    I don't usually pre wash mine.

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    I baste the two cut edges with a long basting stitch...works wonders.

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    I wash fabric and live with the fraying. Take fabric out of the dryer, clean out the lint filter and while I watch TV I snip off all the threads and neaten everything up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie's free time
    I end up with a ball of string with fabric flags hanging off of it when I try to wash a bunch of fabric. I tried according folding and then pinning the ends, still got a wad-o-tangles, this time with pins sticking out of it; putting it in a mesh bag, got a wad-o-tangles in the bag; and the latest try is cutting the edge with pinking shears. Waiting for the load to finish now to see if that worked.

    Any suggestions to avoid the next Gordian knot?
    Julie
    I serge my fabric before washing. That way I know its washed and won't unravel.

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