How to Prevent Fraying on Fabric for Samples

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How to Prevent Fraying on Fabric for Samples
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Putting together a book of fabric samples is a necessity when you are looking to sell upholstered items such as chairs, or other fabric items like curtains, bedding or even lampshades. Keep your fabric sample book looking nice and neat to avoid handing over an off-putting sample book to potential customers by preventing the sample swatches from fraying around the edges. With just a few extra minutes spent prepping the swatches with a couple inexpensive tools you can create a sample book that will withstand much more wear.

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Things you need

  • Pinking shears
  • Seam sealant or clear-drying white craft glue

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  1. 1

    Trim the edges of your fabric samples with pinking shears. The sawtooth blades of the shears will not stop fraying but rather will only allow threads to fray to a certain point, which in turn limits the amount a sample of fabric can fray.

  2. 2

    Apply a seam sealant to the pinking-shear-trimmed edges of the fabric samples to seal the threads of woven fabrics and keep them from unravelling. You can also use a clear-drying white craft glue to achieve the same result. Apply whichever you use along the cut edge of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Apply the seam sealant or white craft glue to any holes you punch in the fabric to put them in a book or on a book ring. This will prevent fraying around the edges of the hole.

Tips and warnings

  • Trim thread from fabric that begins to fray and apply the seam sealant or white glue if the fabric swatches begin to fray after a period of time. Performing routine maintenance such as this may be necessary for fabric samples that are in circulation for an extended period of time.

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