Preventing linen from fraying

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Hi Everyone-

After finishing up 3(!) WIPs this summer, I'm about to start a NEW
project!  <Happy dance!>  I do not currently have access to my sewing
machine, so I'm wondering what y'all think is the best way to secure the
edges of linen to prevent its fraying while being stitched.  With Aida,
I just overcast the edges, but I'm not sure that's the best for linen.

As for what the project is, it's one of the Cape May Victorians by Nancy
Spruance ( http://www.nspruance.com/ - click on the "Victorian
Miniatures" link on the left side of the page to see the design.)  I
picked the pattern up in a nice cross stitch store in Cape May while
visiting last Easter.  I'm starting the lower left house as an ornament
for my Mom, and I'm going to try the new DMC linen floss (779) on an
antique white 28-ct. linen.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

--Mickey
Edmonton, AB

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Re: Preventing linen from fraying
mickey wrote:
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It will depend upon the type of linen you are using.  If it is a loose
weave, prone to extensive raveling, then blanket stitching the edge
would be advisable.  If it's sturdier, then simple overcasting should be
sufficient provided the stitches aren't space too far apart.

Sewing thread should do it.  This is one of those "things" we do that
sewing machines make light work!  I'm sorry you don't have yours at hand.

Dianne

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Dianne Lewandowski wrote:
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Thanks, Dianne.  I think I'll try the blanket stitch.  Of course, my
sewing thread is packed with the machine, so I think I'll use some
embroidery thread.  Not necessarily my first choice, but I think it will
work in this case.

--Mickey
Edmonton, AB

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 You could also try using pinking shears to trim it.  Personally, if I don't
have access to the machine to overcast, or zigzag, I carefully use Fray
Check.  Just be careful not to get it in the center of the linen (although
acetone will remove it).  Works fine, and doesn't affect the framing after.

You could, as an alternative, iron on something like fusible seam binding -
Steam a Seam (light weight).

Just some ideas.

ellice


Re: Preventing linen from fraying
In a pinch, if you have enough extra to be able to trim later, masking
tape will do.


Re: Preventing linen from fraying
In a pinch, if you have enough extra to be able to trim later, masking
tape will do.


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lewmew wrote:
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Now that's an idea.  I could tape it now, then sew it when my machine
comes out of storage.

I'll think on that.  Thanks.

--Mickey
Edmonton, AB

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mickey wrote:
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You might want to try painter's tape (blue from hardware or paint
store) or hair tape (pink from drug, discount or salon supply store).
The painter's tape comes in various widths.   The hair tape is about
1/2 inch in width and is more flexible.  Both of them leave less of a
residue than masking tape.


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FSUStitcher wrote:

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Dear heavens! I grew up with a hairdresser for a Mom and never even
THOUGHT about using pink tape! Most of my fabric these days is already
.. uh... what's that word for stitched with those fancy machines whose
name I can't think of? But I just may go raid Mom's "remains" closet
for the fabric that I need to cut down to size. (and lest anyone be
offended by remains, I mean her closet of stuff left over from when she
did hair, nothing else. We call it the Remains closet because it's all
that remains from the career.)
Tegan


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Er - are you thinking of "serged"  - bound off with an overlock stitch done
by a serger?

Re: the pink tape - used a lot by np-ers.  It's great when you're working a
complicated design and have several threads going at one time.  Rather than
ending them - just coil up the tail, after running the line of thread a few
inches from where you're working - and then tape it to the surface of the
canvas. Just parking it out of the way, without the needle, is a handy
thing.  Doesn't get tangled, and saves you from a lot of ending and starting
again.  The pink hair tape seems to not leave residue, and is pretty
repositionable. I've used it with metallics, metal, silks, cotton, wool,
rayon ...

Happy stitchin'
ellice


Re: Preventing linen from fraying
Yep, serged would be the word! I just couldn't think of what that word
was! I guess that was an CRS moment!

And btw, I was telling Mom this evening about this thread and she said
good luck! Even when she was still doing hair, and that's been well
over ten years ago, she was beginning to have a hard time finding pink
tape. Could have just been her distributor but apparently because hair
styles had changed so much, pink tape was falling out of demand and
becoming scarce (sp?). Makes sense that it would work well and not
leave any residue though, since it was designed to hold hair without
removing skin when it was pulled off. And sadly, she didn't have any
for me to snitch in the Remains Closet, either! Ah well....
Tegan
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Your mom is right - it's not that easy to find.  But, IME it can be found at
CVS drug stores, and a lot of beauty supply shops.  I've also seen it in the
hair stuff aisle at some grocery stores.  One dispenser lasts a long time.
If you can't find, and need some, LMK off line - it's an easy thing to stick
in an envelope and mail (pun not intended).

ellice




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CVS Drug Stores are an eastern chain.  They become Osco in the midwest.
  Don't know if they carry all the same stock though.

ellice wrote:
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Didn't know that.  Ya know us easterners, well, we forget about the rest of
the continent!  Is it Osco - as in Jewel-Osco - which was the "good" grocery
(besides Wild Oats) in Albuquerque when I lived there?

Ellice
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Possible.  I'm familiar with Jewel grocery and Osco drug stores but
those were stand-alone entities in my neck of the woods.  The only way I
know about the CVS-Osco connection is I'm hoping to move back to Iowa
and needed to know about transferring prescriptions.

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Osco is now Brooks locally, unless the pharmacy is in a Shaw's. Then it's
Osco again.

I'm getting dizzy.

Cheryl


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Sally Beauty Supply should have it.  It is listed on their website as
Beauty Mark Professional Hair Styling Tape, By: 3M Company, Sally Item
#: 730895, Size: 18 yards.  They don't appear to sell products online
though.

The stores nearest you are near the Osco on NE Barry (west of N Oak
Tfwy), on 4th near the Wal-Mart in Leavenworth, and on the 169 Beltway
near Hy-Vee in St. Joe.  Oddly enough I'm pretty sure I could drive
right to the two on the MO side.

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I usually sew the sides of linnen with a loose hem stitch.
mirjam

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I fall into the truly lazy category.  I just add an extra inch each
way and let if fray.  After about 1/2 inch, it pretty much stops.
I think I had one fabric that still kept fraying, so I took the frayed
ends and corded them on themselves and that ended that.

 Larger pieces are in scroll frames, so that limits the fraying as
well.

Tara

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Good idea.  I'll check into either of those options for the next project
that I decide to tape.

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--Mickey
Edmonton, AB

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