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NancyH View Drop Down
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    Posted: 24 September 2011 at 6:11pm
Hi, my first post here. I’m starting an interior boat cushion project (new foam and covers)! FYI, I’ve sewn off and on all my life. My question is about the Sunbrella Bubble (Yachting collection) fabric I bought from you: how do I finish the cut edges? The woven threads on the backside (that create the “bubbles”) pull out if snagged, which will likely happen when I put the foam in. An inch+ of one selvage edge is already pulling loose and fraying just from the shipping wear and tear.

I could upload a pic from my computer (don’t have it on a website) if you’d allow it.

I was taught in home ec (decades ago, yikes!) to “stay stitch” the edges of woven fabric, but I don’t know if even that will be adequate to keep the strands in place after sewn. I’ve looked through the forum and haven’t seen a similar question. Thanks in advance for your help!
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I hope this link to the image of the "Bubble" fabric is helpful. It's the easiest place I could think of to upload a photo for anyone to see the fraying taking place on the back side of the fabric. I don't know if a hot knife would seal the threads to the woven fabric, but I am hoping for a less expensive solution. Thanks.

The Sailrite item # is 40107-0011.

I apologize in advance for the choice of website, but it's free and quick. Hopefully the link won't be split so you won't have to copy/paste it back together:

http://photo1.walgreens.com/walgreens/slideshow/AlbumID=7601486003/PictureID=284266161003/a=6984206_6984206/
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What I see in your photo is normal with this particular fabric and will not cause a problem. The selvege edge needs to be cut off and not used in your project. Use a hotknife to do this when patterning. Since Sunbrella is a synthetic fabric it will melt during the heat cutting and this will stabilize and lock the fibers. Any further shifting and pulling of the yarns on the back side should have no impact on the looks or durability of the fabric from the outer surface. Hope this helps!

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