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How to keep raw canvas edges from fraying?

Asked by lilikoi (10079points) April 16th, 2010

All I can think of is duct tape. I don’t want to break out the sewing machine, and I don’t have enough clear nail polish to get the job done. The stitches are working themselves out because the edges of the fabric are fraying. Is there another option?

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mcbealer's avatar

masking tape or duct tape

netgrrl's avatar

Dritz Fray Check – sold anywhere that sewing supplies are sold.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Hairspray or hair gel.

lilikoi's avatar

Thanks everyone. Superglue and elmer’s was all I could find around here…. seems to be working okay…

_Jade_'s avatar

Cutting the edges with pinking shears may also help.

Joybird's avatar

It depends on what you are doing with it. You can dilute elmers glue and paint the edge both sides soaking the edge. it’s way cheaper than using Dritz or nail polish and easier than using wax.
When I am painting a floor cloth I use this method to seal the edges which I fold under after applying gesso to the canvas. I hot glue under the hem. There has been occasion when I didn’t want to have a hem and the edges soaked in diluted elmers hold up perfectly well on their own.

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