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How to get a clean frayed hem? Sewing with gauze HELP

katemonstah's picture

So I am making a deep V-neck maxi dress out of a lightweight cotton gauze fabric. The neckline is going to have ruffles cascading down as well as the skirt in tiers near the bottom. I'm wondering how to add the ruffles.  I really like the frayed look on the fabric pictured below (and it looks a lot like my gauze fabric), but I'm afraid it will continue to run up with wear and ruin the design since my ruffles won't have that other piece sewn on top. Is there a way to make a frayed hem on a lightweight woven? I thought the stay stitching would look silly but I can't find any examples online. Or should I just skip the frayed look and fold the ruffles in half and sew them into the seam? I will do that if I have to but the design I've imagined in my head has tattered hems on the ruffles. Help! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! :) Thanks in advance


I should probably also note this garment will most likely be handwashed/dry cleaned once finished.

Pattiann42's picture

Clean Frayed Hem (post #36485, reply #1 of 2)

Usually a row of straight stitching will stop the fraying.  Make a sample to see how well this will work for the intended fabric.

HelgaPataki's picture

neat frayed hemline (post #36485, reply #2 of 2)

I agree that sewing a fine line say 1/4 inch from a neatly cut edge would be ideal, as if making picnic napkins.  but there is no sewing like that on the pic.  either way, i would rotary cut the clean edge and use a pin to loosen the horizontal threads out of the fabric.  the frays look pretty well even across the hemline so using pinking sheers wouldnt be good for the look your after.