How to stop fabric from fraying

By mark-worldofXS, Tue, 2010-08-10 16:29

If you're stitching a project over several weeks or months, the fabric edges can get tatty and frayed. Here's a simple guide to help prevent this happening to your stitching.

1. The quickest and easiest way to seal your fabric edges is with masking tape. Simply measure and cut a length of masking tape for each side, and fold it carefully over the edges of your fabric. The sticky substance on masking tape can sometimes stain fabric, so always remember to leave enough material around the actual stitched design. This way, any marks can be trimmed off later or obscured by a frame.

2. Hemming your fabric is a really effective way to keep it neat and intact. Fold your fabric over by approximately 2cm (¾in) on each side, and press it carefully with a warm iron. Then, using a brightly coloured, strong thread (doubled over if necessary), stitch around the edge using simple running stitch, finishing your thread off securely at the end.

3. If you've chosen to stitch a smaller project, the best way to keep the edges of the fabric in good condition is to pop your stitching in a hoop. Not only will it help you to create even stitches, it'll also help to take the pressure off the edges of your fabric, discouraging you from touching them as you work.

Five ways to get ahead for Christmas

Don’t let Christmas Day sneak up on you this year – plan your festive stitching now...

  1. Early bird

    It’s time to write a list and see how many cards you need to get through each week. If you want to get going now, try one of the free card kit gifts with The World of Cross Stitching – this Margaret Sherry design that came with issue 181 is ideal.
  2. Ready for Santa

    Start stitching kids’ stockings soon to ensure they are finished in time for old St Nick’s arrival. We adore this ‘Penguin Joy Stocking’, £26.99, by Janlynn. Buy it from Sew and So.

  3. Be prepared

    Make sure you’ve got all the inspiration and stash you need by heading to a festive craft fair near you. Check out our events page regularly to make sure you don't miss out on the best ones.

  4. Personal best

    Stitch a challenging kit as a treat. ‘Merry Christmas Santa’, £18.50, Dimensions Petites Gold, would make a nice, substantial stitch for in between all those quick cards. Email for stockists.

  5. Surprise, surprise!

    Allow plenty of time to stitch in secret if you are making gifts for close family. This ‘Let it Snow’ sampler, £25, would be great for a fan of the holiday season. Buy the kit from The Historical Sampler Company.


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