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« on: May 06, 2005 07:25:36 AM »

I don't really know how to sew, but I was thinking of starting simple, getting a small lace tablecloth (or just a large square of soft lace) and making it into a poncho.  However, I'm not sure - when I cut the hole, will I be able to secure it against fraying by sewing a hem?  If not, is there a way to sew thick/fabric-y lace so that it won't unravel?  (Feel free to dumb down your response for this sewing newbie!)

« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2005 09:29:46 AM »

zigzag stitch the edges before you hem
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005 09:46:03 AM »

YOu could use double fold bias tape here as well. Use some that will match or contrast. If you did the neck and then the hem  edge it would really look tied together nicely.  You can buy double fold bias tape at all fabric stores or even walmart. It's very easy to use since it stretches nicely to the shape of your circle.
It can be tricky to sew in one step so you might open the fold and sew on one side then close it over the other and straight stich the top.
Or you can use a zig zag stitch to be sure you catch the top and bottom in one step.
Hope this helps you, just gives you another method to try.

« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2005 05:28:08 PM »

I seem to be the only person around here with an iron-on tape habit, but I've used the stuff to stabilize and hem all sorts of fabrics.  Some kinds of iron-on tape can be sewn through, too.  I'd use that on the neck edges and then zig-zag stitch them by machine.  (or not.)

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