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floatingmoon
« on: August 18, 2008 11:49:10 PM »

I know nothing about sewing. I have a machine, that is kind of working (sometimes), someone give it to me, anyways...

I have no serger, what can I do to prevent fabric fray?


do I need to fold the fabric once? or even twice? wouldn't that be too stiff??

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p276/naphotobucket/sewline.jpg?t=1219128233

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no fold, instead, I just zic zac the fabric with that zic zac function in the machine?


The zic zac is not working anymore. It was the same situation last time, and the machine almost down.

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Lori-lee
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008 12:03:51 AM »

If you were, say, hemming some pants that were made of a fabric that has a decent thread count, you can do a zigzag stitch on the edge of the fabric, then fold up once and straight stitch it.

There are also products out there.... a glue thingy called No-Fray, i believe. (I'm in Australia so can't guarantee everything is available everywhere, but we have it in our big chain craft stores here)

or you could iron some fusible interfacing onto the fabric right at the edge. It's like fabric covered with plastic-y glue that melts and will 'catch' the fibres that might otherwise flail around and fray. Then, same as before, you can turn up once and straight stitch.

Last thing i could suggest is you can stitch some bias binding on to hem it and that might hold tha fabric in place well enough to help prevent fraying. You fold the bias binding tape in half, so it is half as wide as it was and iron it, place the edge of the material into the "v" shape created by the two halves of bias binding tape and straight stitch or zig zag stitch it in place.
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floatingmoon
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008 12:06:44 AM »


no fold, instead, I just zic zac the fabric with that zic zac function in the machine?


The zic zac is not working anymore. It was the same situation last time, and the machine almost down.

I guess the machine can only sew straight line...sigh..
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008 06:38:59 AM »

First, I'd get the machine serviced. Trying to sew on a machine in need of service is like trying to drive a car with a flat tire.

From the illustration can I assume you are doing pants? French seams or flat felled seams (common on jeans) will work & need nothing more than straight stitch. If these are dress slacks that you don't want that bulk you can turn the edges once like your first illustration. When you sew the actual seam & press it open all you will see if the nice turned edge Wink

Still take that machine for service. Your machine might be very capable of bulky seams once cleaned & tuned up.
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rosiegarden
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008 02:16:43 PM »

It always works for me, to hem the fabric by folding it over once and just straight stitching along it, then cutting the edge that would fray with zig zag scissors (pinking shears), or cutting them into zig zags with regular scissors.
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