Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:00
The Problems with Selvage and How to Remedy ThemWritten by d'Italia
As useful as selvage can be when it comes to cutting fabrics or finding the bias, there are some definite issues that can arise when using a fabric that has selvage. if you’re using a fabric piece for your sewing project that has a selvage, consider these reasons why you might want to get rid of it, as well as why you may not need to anyway.
The Obvious The obvious trouble with selvage is that it simply doesn’t match the rest of the piece. Since it’s used as a finishing means, it’s often not printed on and follows a different pattern. The Less Obvious If you do elect to leave selvage on – and in some garments that’s perfectly fine – do be aware that selvage tends to be of a different thickness than the rest of the fabric, and when washed and dried it may play the part of the rotten apple and pucker, causing the rest of the piece to follow suit. Remedying The most obvious thing to do is to simply cut it off. However, it could also be an option to hem over it. And in showier garments, often selvage can be repurposed as a ruffle to more attractively finish the piece. To book a free consultation with us phone (03) 9509 4633 d'Italia is open 7 days 10am-5pm and is located at 62 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne