I have some really great fabric, but it frays really bad. What is the best seam finish to use for this type of fabric?

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    Mar 1, 2010, 04.25 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I use an overlocker on all my seams and for super fraying fabric I overlock them off as soon as I cut the peices out . But if you do not have an overlocker a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine should do the trick, you might have to play with the tension and stitch length/width if the fabric is quite thin (some times it gets a bit munched up). Some machines have a kind of pseudo overlock stitch (mine looks like a zig zag encased in two lines to straight stitch) so you can use that too :) Good luck xx

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    Mar 1, 2010, 04.49 AMby judeb

    Overlock, zigzag, French or welt seams , Hong Kong seam finishing or binding can all be used on really fraying fabric types, depending on what you want to sew with it and where the seam will be. I have been known to stabilise the edges with a quick spray of hairspray before sewing French seams and the like, but be sure to test a scrap of fabric first to make sure the hairspray doesn’t ruin the fabric! There is also something called Fraystop it comes in a bottle that you put a pin hole in the top and slowly apply to the very edges of the fabric, it dries almost instantly and is great for those areas that you can’t finish easily such as button holes, I do know of a couple of people that use it for long seams too, but I have only found it successful for small areas. Happy sewing

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    Mar 1, 2010, 09.49 AMby katexxxxxx

    It’ll depend partly on the weight of the fabric. Twedds and other thicker fabric are better overlocked or given a bound edge or Hong Kong finish unless fully lines (when you don’t bother). Lighter weight fabrics have several options, including serging the seams together. Here are some other ideas: http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/Seams/seam_finishing.htm

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    Mar 1, 2010, 01.56 PMby wackyblonde

    Thank you to everyone. Kate, I have bookmarked your web page, a virtual wealth of knowledge. I have decided to try the 3 step zig zag as the fabric is quite lightweight and I don’t want bulky seams.

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      Mar 1, 2010, 09.58 PMby katexxxxxx

      Glad to help. You might also want to loo at the seams page as some of those are ideal for lighter fabrics and self-finishing.

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