My Favorite Sewing Tip- Stopping the Frayed Tangled Mess of Prewashing Fabric

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This is for Sew Mama Sew’s favorite sewing tip list. I do a lot of clothing sewing so I usually prewash every piece of fabric I buy. I hate washing it and losing a few inches worth of fabric to shredding on the ends. Especially the higher-end quilting cottons; they seem to shred the worst. What I do now is serge both raw edges when I get the fabric home and voila, no more shredding. Then I can pull the fabric from the dryer and fold it up neatly without trimming all the little thread balls off the edges. Much easier. Without a serger, a zig-zag stitch or overedge stitch would also work.


One thought on “My Favorite Sewing Tip- Stopping the Frayed Tangled Mess of Prewashing Fabric

  1. This is a great tip! One thing that also works is to sew the raw edges to each other. It's especially helpful when you have a piece of fabric that's yards long… it doesn't get so tangled in the washing machine!

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