Go Back   Cosplay.com > Cosplay Construction > General Construction Help

Reply
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Unread 06-21-2005, 05:38 AM   #1
ichigomewmew14
Registered User
 
ichigomewmew14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 99
Fraying Fabric

I bought my fabric at wallmart and am almost done with my costume... but now all the fabric is fraying... I don't want to star over because I am to lazy Does any one hae any ideas to make it stop? My mom suggested hotglue the edges but I think that would make the costume stiff. What do you think?
ichigomewmew14 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Unread 06-21-2005, 06:03 AM   #2
Eleryth
Rollin Rollin Rollin
 
Eleryth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 5,307
Fabric supply stores should sell something called "fray check" - just put it on and let it dry, and the fraying will stop.

A pair of pinking shears (the scissors that cut a zig zag) will also help, because the fabric will only unravel as far as the litle triangles.

You might try fabric gluing the edges together as well (also available at sewing supply stores).
__________________
~Anime North 2013 Masquerade Director [Masquerade AT animenorth.com]
~ Anime North 2013 Fashion Show Assistant Director [fashionshow AT Animenorth.com]


In Toronto and like kimono? Check out the Toronto Kimono Club!
Eleryth is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-21-2005, 06:19 AM   #3
Ironekilz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,623
I agree, fray check works great.
__________________
Author of "The King of Futures Past"
Ironekilz is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-21-2005, 12:56 PM   #4
Umi
Bass-inating
 
Umi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,214
Fray glue is a quick fix, but it might irritate your skin if it touches the seams you are using fray glue on. But it does work ^^

You can also go over your existing seems with a zig-zag stitch a couple of times and that will help contain the fraying and prevent it from becoming too bad.

Also since you are still working on your costume, you can also stitch the ends of your fabric under on the pieces you are still working on so that the fabric edges are inside a seam. This will also leave a very clean appearance to the inside of your costume =D
Umi is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-21-2005, 01:51 PM   #5
Tigress
Bitch-Kitty on Wheels
 
Tigress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,422
I swear by Fray Chek myself. I used a whole bottle on a satin robe I was making because my fabric frayed when I looked at it wrong.
__________________
Kat's Play

One of the most basic rules for survival on any planet is never to upset someone wearing black leather. (This is why protesters against the wearing of animal skins by humans unaccountably fail to throw their paint over Hell's Angels.) -- Terry Pratchett
Tigress is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-21-2005, 02:27 PM   #6
karinka Chick
Registered User
 
karinka Chick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 692
They are expensive but they last forever they are called pinking shieirs (sissors) they cot on a zig zag formation and stop the fraying the good ones cost like $80.00 but I got mine from my great grandmother and she got hers when she was 9 years old there aint a thing worn with themnot even rusty (she is dead now and I am 13)
__________________
Yes I am a bitch...a classy one...yes you are a hoe...a nasty one
karinka Chick is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-22-2005, 05:31 AM   #7
ichigomewmew14
Registered User
 
ichigomewmew14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 99
Thank you everyone! You suggestions should really help!
ichigomewmew14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-22-2005, 01:19 PM   #8
Jaina Solo
Rurouni Jedi
 
Jaina Solo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,358
Is that what pinking shears do? Cool!

Finishing your seams will stop the fraying too, and the overal look of the costume will be more professional.
__________________
Jaina Solo is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-22-2005, 08:30 PM   #9
Eleryth
Rollin Rollin Rollin
 
Eleryth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 5,307
Yup, that's what pinking shears are for. I remember being astounded when I found out (can't even remember how I learned, either...). They had always been just sorta neat looking. They also reduce bulk when clipping so turning curved edges and stuff is a bit easier.

Karinka's got it right about the price, though. Good pinking shears can be $50. Mine were a Christmas present, thank goodness.

I can't believe I forgot about serging or zigzaging on the machine...but right now, my machine only has straight stitch, and I haven't had the opportunity to use a machine with zigzag in 2 years. >.<
__________________
~Anime North 2013 Masquerade Director [Masquerade AT animenorth.com]
~ Anime North 2013 Fashion Show Assistant Director [fashionshow AT Animenorth.com]


In Toronto and like kimono? Check out the Toronto Kimono Club!
Eleryth is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 AM.


Copyright 2002-2013 Cosplay.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All comments and posts in our forums are the opinion of the respective poster.