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There are many ways to accomplish this, one way is to snip and tear (wonderfully easy, but only useful for sturdy, woven fabrics), another is to pull out an entire thread of crosswise grain and cut along that line (also only for fabrics with very sturdy -synthetic- fibers).

This solution is more time consuming, but quite reliable.
First, snip the tangled & frayed threads off the edge of the fabric.
Next, pull off any threads that do not go the entire length of the edge. STOP once you have pulled out a thread from end to end. It helps to pull threads if you snip a bit of the selvedge at an angle.

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