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Fray-Check is my best friend
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auroranova message #1
Fray-Check is my best friend
December 14, 2009 at 6:32:35 PM
When you work with fabrics that have a tendency to fray easily, you can stabilize the cut edges of your pieces by running a bead of Fray-Check along the edge of the material. The simplest way to do this and keep control of how much Fray-Check gets on the fabric is to get a piece of cardboard, or an index card, and make a little puddle of Fray-Check. Take a straight pin and dip the pointed tip into the solution, then gently "paint" it along the edge of the fabric. This helps you control how much Fray-Check gets applied at one time, and helps to reduce the "wicking" of the solution into the material.

Fray-Check can sometimes stain delicate fabrics like silk or satin, so be sure to test first on a scrap piece, or in an interior seam where it won't be noticable.

If you're going to use this technique on an adult-sized pattern, you may be able to get away with using a thin paint brush. I use a straight pin because I sew for dolls, and my pieces are very tiny. Always make sure to test first.  Smiley

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Re: Fray-Check is my best friend
December 14, 2009 at 8:44:35 PM
That's a great hint!  Love Fray-Check.  I used to carry it around, but it became impractical when the bottle of it dried up.  Sad  Still, it was nice while it lasted...yes, it did come in handy on occasion!

Melanie  (cat slave and Official Feline Can Opener) =^.^=
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