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i’m used to sew with strech fabrics, now as the winter arrives i bought some wool fabrics. I notice that they begin to fray already. I sew them with a zig zag stitch, but it doesn’t help, and this enlarge the fabric. What is the trick? If possible with a video that will help me much.

Thanks a lot


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    Nov 4, 2012, 11.43 PMby harrietbazley

    Finish the edges of the cloth – by folding over and stitching, with bias binding/seam tape, by using seam techniques which enclose the raw edges (French seams, flat-fell seams…)

    If the problem is with a garment you have already finished, I should think that wrapping a binding around the fraying seam margins is probably the easiest solution – best done by hand. Also, you can use button-hole stitch by hand to stop cut edges from fraying – think of it as a portable overlocker without risk of knives that gets into the tightest corners :-)

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    Nov 5, 2012, 01.41 AMby Marusya Grace

    Serge edges! But if you don’t have a serger (I agree with the above post) then you should bind the raw edges with binding/bias tape. If you want to save time, there is fusible bias tape in stores (but I’m not sure how fusible binding tape holds up in the wash).

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