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irishrose 06-29-2013 01:10 PM

Fraying fabric?
Our church is making a scrappy quilt from stash for the bazaar. We found a nice weight, prefect color for the solid, but it's a twill weave and wants to fray. Will the seams hold once it's together if I have the stitchers use a smaller stitch? It will probably be tied rather than quilted. If I were to use it for apparel, I would serge or zigzag the seams, but quilted seams are totally enclosed so it's different. Thoughts, anyone??

Tartan 06-29-2013 01:32 PM

Why not choose a simple pattern like Trip Around the Word and serge the squares together. If you are going to be tying it, it won't matter if the seams are thicker.

dunster 06-30-2013 06:26 AM

I don't think I would use it if it really frays badly. There will be some pull on the seams, particularly in a tied quilt.

ghostrider 06-30-2013 06:37 AM

I'd probably do my best to find something else to use in it's place. It may be the perfect weight and the perfect color, but it's not the perfect fabric. Along with fraying seams, the twill will also not hold the knotted ties as securely as a regular woven cotton. A bazaar quilt is not something to be worried about holding together for whoever purchases it.

bearisgray 06-30-2013 06:44 AM

Why fight with fraying fabric?

It seems like a case of saving a penny now - and losing a dime in the long run!

irishrose 06-30-2013 10:14 AM

I totally agree with all of you after handling it enough to cut a strip off. Yikes! It will return to the closet at the church tomorrow and the hunt will continue. Thank you.

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