Sorry it's been so long! I've had a few health issues and haven't felt like sewing. I have however been able to devote some time to hand stitching and have finally finished my grandson's Christmas stocking.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now I just need to wash it and turn it into a stocking. I'm starting my other grandson's stocking today.
During this time I did not totally neglect my sewing. I dreamed up projects and found some wonderful online sales. I ended up with a nice pile of fabric. I always like to wash my fabrics before I sew with them. I hate to think what chemicals I'm breathing when I'm pressing if I don't. I decided this time I would actually finish the edges first to eliminate fraying. I going to do this all the time from now on...yes it takes more time, but look at these nice neat piles of fabric with no hanging frayed strings.
The pile on the left is from a gift certificate my daughter sent for Mother's Day. Thanks Jessica!!! The other pile is sale fabric. Yeah!
I used partially wound bobbins to zig zag the edges and ended up with an added bonus of a bunch of clean, ready to use bobbins.
Aren't they pretty and shinny and all ready to go. Do you wash or not and how do you deal with fraying?