Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00
What Does Selvage Mean?Written by d'Italia
When building up your repertoire of sewing tricks, methods and techniques, you’ll also need to start building up a repertoire of common sewing terms. Selvage is one of those common sewing terms that many first-time or early stage sewers are new to, and if any of this applies to you, it’s time you come to know what this one really means.
Selvage: The Basics Selvage may be best known as simply the finishing done by a sewer on the edge of a piece. This is that bit of edging that goes around to help make sure that nothing unravels later on and so the threads don’t fray. It’s common to see this part of store-bought fabrics specifically labelled with the type of fabric, its composition and the name of the store/brand associated with it. Selvage in Weaving and Knitting When weaving, a selvage comes from bring weft around while edging parallel to the warp (remember our post on warp and weft?). In knitting, however, it’s not essential to have such clearly defined finishing. Knitted pieces can have selvage that holds firmly in place but isn’t necessarily a separate, intentional crafting; often the edge of the piece on its own can serve as the selvadge. 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