Quick Tip Tuesday: Free Up That Selvage

The selvage edge of fabric is what attaches to the loom during manufacturing; so it only stands to reason this portion of the fabric needs to be sturdy and firmly woven.

Sometimes the result is a selvage edge that “draws up” and won’t lie flat and smooth when you are trying to cut out a pattern. This tends to happen more with knit fabrics, but it can happen with wovens, too. Next time, rather than cutting the entire selvage off, try clipping into the selvages every few inches to release the tension. Hope that helps!

Happy sewing!

Maris

4 Responses to Quick Tip Tuesday: Free Up That Selvage

  1. justine says:

    We learned this at de sign school but I forgot all about it! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Carol Stoner says:

    If the selvage is an interesting one, I’d cut it (plus about 1/4″ into the fabric) off. It might be useful as trim on a garment.

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