by pennyhal2 30 Sep 2021

For those of you who quilt, do you serge the seams of precut fatric? Seems like the "zig zag" that they are cut would fray and make a mess.

Also, when you measure the size of a precut, do you measure just inside the zig zag edge? or just inside the edge?


by hightechgrammy 01 Oct 2021

I don't serge and I don't zig zig either. I cut my pieces to the exact size and sew from there. Precuts I use exactly as they are. The batting and back will enclose any lose threads. I belong to a quilting group and no one does any more than just cut to size and sew. I do like to use starch and iron my pieces before cutting. Just for fun, here is a HUG quilt I made for a little boy (age 18) who loves Super Heroes. I purchased some of the logs and designed about 6 of them. He has the same genetic syndrome our son Ben had. Koolen DeVries Syndrome. I try to make these when some of these kids are gong through something tough. This guy had just had surgery to sever the two hemispheres of his brain to stop his constant seizures. I'll post more in projects.

hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 01 Oct 2021

Oops, actually this guy is fighting cancer. They discovered he had a huge tumor in his abdomen. He loved it!

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 05 Dec 2021

Your kindness to him is wonderful! I'm sure he'll enjoy having it.

by toogie 01 Oct 2021

I like pinked edges and usually pink my own, after I make my seam. I never do a scant quarter inch and only tip the edge of the seam allowances, not really trimming. It does take more time, but gives me the satisfaction that it won’t fray. I also stitch with a small stitch length. On my machine it’s 1.8 stitch length. I usually only serge the outer edges of my finished top, just so I don’t have loose fraying threads when I’m quilting, BUT I have serged my seam allowance ONLY, on long borders AFTER I have stitched on, to keep from fraying & when my hands were tired from pinking.😉 I do like a neat back, even if I’m the only one sees it or the quilter, if it’s a QOV. Our quilter likes to get my quilts, or so I’ve heard, so I must be doing something right-😂😂

1 comment
pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 05 Dec 2021

Thanks for the info! And, I appreciate your support for QOV.

by marianb 01 Oct 2021

Defiantly don't serge the fabric it will affect the pieces. It depends on the brand of precut as to whether it is from the inner or the outer edge always safer if you measure.

1 comment
pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 05 Dec 2021

I never thought about that! Thanks!

by awesome1 01 Oct 2021

Actually, pinking the edges is to keep fabric from fraying. I would never serge precuts as it would add bulk and weight to the quilt top. Not to mention the possible difficulty quilting thru that extra thread. I would not worry about the pinked edges...a good quarter inch seam and final quilting will keep your top stable.

by dollygk 01 Oct 2021

I would love to zig zag the edges before quilting BUT that would stretch the edge so I do a top stitch on EVERY seam I sew. You don't see any seams from a distance (look closely at the picture) ..... LOL I NEVER thought about the width of precut 2 1/2 inch strips when cut zig zaged.... will have to check he he I did notice that my strips are slightly outside the 2 1/2 width when I placed them against the strips I cut so they must be cut outside the lines.

toogie by toogie 01 Oct 2021

We would love to see the whole quilt. Pretty fabrics

dollygk by dollygk 02 Oct 2021

This is made with a Jelly Roll of precut 2 1/2" fabrics and the store had several of the fabrics by the yard. I wish I had read up a bit more about the design because the jelly roll was JUST enough for a single bed. I have the innerds but it's waiting for the backing. YES I will show the finished quilt, God Willing.....

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 02 Oct 2021

Love the fabric colors!

by babash 30 Sep 2021

Not a quilter so not sure of the rules but way back before Sergers or even seing machine that did a zig zag pinking shears were used a lot in dressmaking at home. The seams held up good and didn't seem to fray.

by allmine99 30 Sep 2021

Dont serge for quilting and check the width. It varies with different brands wether they include the zig zag in their width.

crafter2243 by crafter2243 30 Sep 2021

Same here

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 02 Oct 2021

Gosh! I didn't think brands would have different sizes.