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Lindy Posted: Wed, Jul 4 2012 7:53 AM

I have started doing some garment sewing and I use satin at times to make like PJ's with. I have also gotten patterns that require me to use material like this but since I don't have a serger sewing machine and  before/after I washed it then it all it did was start fraying. I have seen it used to make dresses and other garments but there clothes look wonderful with no tucks or fraying. Please help me figure out how to stop this or what I need to do to fix the fabric before sewing?

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Diana replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 8:19 AM

Does your sewing machine do zig-zag?   Possibly zig-zagging the edges either before or after would help with that fraying problem.  I'm not a clothes sewing person but I hope the idea may help.

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I never found a true solution for fraying seams however when working with satins and other fabrics that fray easily i always just do french seams and that stops the problem altogether.

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Ginny replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 8:54 AM

Zig zagging the seams would help or using pinking shears on the raw edges would help too.   Ginny

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gini replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 10:41 AM

stefikay, we haven't met, hello and welcome to the group

gini in north idaho

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StefiKay replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 10:58 AM

gini:

stefikay, we haven't met, hello and welcome to the group

Hi Gini! Thanks!

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Lindy replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 1:55 PM

That's what I did to the night shirt that I was fixing and it helped but I still had tucking around the arm it wasn't really that smooth.

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Lindy replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 1:57 PM

I'm sorry I have never heard of french seam? do you have a picture or link?

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oklahomamom2:

I'm sorry I have never heard of french seam? do you have a picture or link?

Here is a link for French seams:

http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html

there is probably something on youtube and instructables as well.

I think they put a nice finish on easily fraying materials. They also work well on see thru/thin materials that you don't want to see an ugly seam.

 

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