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Kelli posted on Mon, Dec 31 2012 7:49 AM

My husband bought me some really, really awesome flannel fabric for Christmas. The problem is the last time I tried to work with flannel it seemed to shred apart at the edges before I could get it sewn together. Is there something I was doing wrong? Is there some way to prevent this from happening? HELP PLEASE! :-)

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Annie replied on Mon, Dec 31 2012 7:59 AM

Hi Kelli,

I've never had that happen to me with flannel.  I know that appliquérs use some thing to prevent fraying, but not sure if what you're experiencing is too much for the product.

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Kelli replied on Mon, Dec 31 2012 8:08 AM

What's the name of the product? Do you know? It could be that the last time I worked with flannel I was just learning and I may have handled it too much and caused excess fraying. I was also using some cheap material. That may have been part of the problem too. I just want to make sure that there isn't something I should be doing before I screw this beautiful fabric up.

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Annie replied on Mon, Dec 31 2012 8:11 AM

http://www.walmart.com/ip/19757915?adid=22222222227015434035&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

Its called Fray Check

Here is one I found, I have not used any of these products, maybe someone in the applique group can help you more.  I do agree with you about over handling fabric and fraying.

 

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Joy replied on Mon, Dec 31 2012 10:05 AM

I have always found that not washing it beforehand helps tremendously. Also, use pinking shears to cut around the fabric to stop fraying.

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Nice hubby Kelli. The last flannel I worked with did not fray all that much, it does stretch easily. As for the Fray Check, it does work but it would take a boat load to do a whole quilt...

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Kelli, using pinking shears or a scalloped rotary blade will help with the cut.  I would also allow extra seam allowance and make seams slightly wider to give a little extra reassurance in the event that the edges do ravel a bit.

As someone else said, nice hubby. 

Enjoy.  Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Darlene

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I like Darlene's advice.  I keep meaning to buy a scalloped or pinking rotary blade, but I never think of it when I'm at the local quilt shop.

The last flannel I worked with behaved nicely until I washed the quilt.  It was a "rag" quilt, so I wanted it to fray at that point.  The seams were a full inch as specified in the pattern.


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Susie replied on Tue, Jan 1 2013 4:43 PM

I work with flannels a LOT!  I always use my pinking shears and make sure that my seams are at least 1/2".  I know that in quilting we try to stick to 1/4", but with the flannels, and some of the cheaper fabrics I've used in the past, I try to use a bit larger allowance.  The last thing I do is shorten my stitch length.  It seems to hold together better.

Good luck!

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Kelli replied on Tue, Jan 1 2013 5:31 PM

Thank you guys for the advice. I have a pinking rotary blade I will try and will increase my seem allowance and shorten my stitches. I will let you know how it works. 

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