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Jill

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PostSubject: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyTue Feb 22, 2011 9:06 pm

I was wondering if you trim all your selvages before you start cutting or not? I have always just cut mine with each strip, but wondered if there is a right or wrong way and if it makes any difference.


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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyTue Feb 22, 2011 9:20 pm

I always wash my fabric first thus the selvage ofen pulls the fabric wonky and it is very difficult to get it to hang straight. I'm a firm believer in squaring it up and I tear verticaly just inside the selvage, then I have a true straight of grain. I don't tear fabric horizontaly (WOF)
This is how I avoid that dreaded V when cutting folded strips.
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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyTue Feb 22, 2011 10:39 pm

I dont trim mine off either Jill, just never got into the habit

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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyTue Feb 22, 2011 11:56 pm

CC never heard of tearing vertically. Must try that one day ! Do you tear before you wash ? I don't like tearing horizontally. hate the way you get that edge with the stretched out look .
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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyWed Feb 23, 2011 12:02 am

Jill wrote:
I was wondering if you trim all your selvages before you start cutting or not? I have always just cut mine with each strip, but wondered if there is a right or wrong way and if it makes any difference.


Jill

I didn't cut them off all at once until I started saving them, Jill. My early selvages are pretty much all shorter than 13". Now I have a few that are 90-105" long. winking

Now I actually plan ahead a bit - and I do cut it off, leaving ½" above the white of the selvage. I've seen a number of projects with just the white and its writing and dots, but I like having the choice of showing a quarter inch or so of the actual fabric if I want to.

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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyWed Feb 23, 2011 1:41 am

I vary. I dislike wonkiness, but also dislike loose threads, I sometimes tear, but more often cut them off if they distort the fabric, otherwise leave them until I am working with that particular piece.
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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyWed Feb 23, 2011 8:30 am

Jill, I am big on saving the selvages and now that I have made a quilt from them and other small projects, I want to save them all ... so I cut them off first leaving about a 1/2" of fabric on them so I when I sew I see some of the fabric... makes for a more colorful project.
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PostSubject: Re: question about selvages   question about selvages EmptyWed Feb 23, 2011 2:11 pm

I usually trim mine off.....to avoid the distortion.
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