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From: luvbugz
Date: 06-01-2006, 10:43 AM (1 of 3)
Hi all I am a total newbie at sewing. I got a sewing machine for Mother's Day and am having fun making baby blankets etc. Just a question on finishing raw edges on flannel. I want to make a thin blanket for my daughter so I will use only 1 piece of flannel. How do I finish the edges without a serger? I was thinking of folding, stitching a straight stitch then folding/stitching again but worry that the flannel will unravel over time. Any suggestions/tips?

Thanks so much
User: luvbugz
Member since: 05-23-2006
Total posts: 2
From: paroper
Date: 06-01-2006, 10:50 AM (2 of 3)
I'd fold the edges of the blanket at 1/2. Then I'd fold the edges to the center inside the foldline. When the whole hem is folded up the raw edges will be encased inside. Then just stitch around the blanket on the top edge of your hemline to hold it in place. Your blanket will not ravel.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: pucktricks
Date: 06-01-2006, 11:23 AM (3 of 3)
I make lots of baby blankets for friends (since everyone's having babies right now), and that's how I do it. It makes for a quick and easy blanket.

I know you didn't ask this, but for size, I've found what works best is to do the whole width of the fabric, by that same amount of length.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
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