Before cutting, I always do a straight stitch line where I want the fraying to stop.
good idea thanks
You could also use a narrow zigzag stitch if you wanted to catch more fibers.
I tried the dress with just tpl stitch, after, taking it on an off the doll a few times it started to look ragged, so will have to zz it...thanks for all your replies...wendy
Does anyone really love ragged edge applique? I made one, let it fray and never wanted that look again.
I've sold a ton of raw edge applique sweatshirts using that techinque and have severl repeat customers. I sew close...maybe 1/8th in... to the edge using a 2mm stitch length. When I wash them, there are strings and I trim them back to be even with the rest.
I find if I stitch too far from the edge I don't like the look as well.
Wendy when you use fray stop iron it dry this stops it going hard but still stops the frays.
I use the heat and bond or vilene and fuse it to the background by ironing after stitching.
thats a good idea, will try...wendy
Wendy, I have tried raw edged and I know that it's very popular, but it just doesn't suit me personally. The only 'fix' I can think of to offer you is to put Fray Check on the edges. That would stop the raveling, but I think that raveling may be the point of raw edged applique?
I had fray check years ago, but, it makes the edges hard, I will keep fiddling,,,wendy
You can try using heat and bond lite on the back of the fabric to keep it from fraying. For paper dolls you could also try an iron on vinyl on the fronts (would also make them more durable). I bought a couple of "raggy" edge applique designs and tried one and hated it. I don't purchase them anymore.
I have got the one that bonds 2 fabrics together, my try that, I wanted to make some dolls clothes at 3cm, long might still have to put a zz...wendy
I don't know. I feel more secure when there are at least zigzag stitches around. I think it would eventually ravel through the triple stitch when washed very much. Just my opinion Wendy.