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    Default Backing selvedge question

    Do you have to cut the selvedge off if you are sewing two long pieces together for the backing of a quilt? I have two 110 inch pieces to sew together but first I need to deal with the selvedge, right?

    Is there an easy way to approach cutting off the selvedge? Or how about a correct way to do it? How do you cut off the selvedge when you have pieces this big?

    (I cut one of the pieces with a rotary cutter by shimmying up the fabric and moving it vertically on the mat. But if anyone has an easier way, please let me know.)
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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    I sew the two pieces together before cutting off the selvedge, using about a one inch seam (so that I'm at least 1/2 inch past the selvedge - I like wider seam allowances for my pieced backing).

    I also take care to make sure that I match the left edge of one piece with the right edge of the other piece (this is extremely important with directional prints I have learned the hard way).

    Then I cut using what you describe as the "shimmying up" method to cut off the selvedge.

    My reasons for doing it this way:
    1. My longarm doesn't like stitching thru selvedges, especially if it also has to go thru a bulky seam
    2. Only have to cut once (two layers)
    3. I know that the edges of the fabric are pretty straight before sewing (sometimes my long cuts aren't quite so perfect)
    4. no fraying before sewing

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    Cut into your fabric with a scissors about 2 inches long and about 1.5 inches away from the edge of the selvedge. Get a good grip on those 2 inch pieces, one in each hand, and just rip it hard all the way by hand. The ripped edge will be a little ravelly so you really should iron out that edge, but it will be ripped straight. Anyways, that is how I do it.

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    I love my scissors.....
    TRUTH is seldom appreciated, unless you happen to agree with it. When you don't agree, you just call it rude.

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    I do it the same way Caroline does it except I trim mine with a scalloped blade in my rotary cutter.

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    Im the odd quilter. I cut a slit in the fabric right beside the salvage and I rip it off. It's straight and I sew the pieces together. I'm not picky about the edges. To me with that much fabric it's the quickest way to make sure it all straight.

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    I trim the selvedge off the sections before I sew them together. I'm usually skimping on fabric, since I like to use the width of the fabric without having to piece, so I just barely trim off the selvedge. I fold over the fabric into 4 thicknesses & use the ruler & my rotary cutter to trim it off. Also, I use a 1/2" seam when piecing backing, rather than the 1/4". I think whatever works for you is ok. We don't all do it the same.

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    Default Re: Backing selvedge question

    This is so helpful! Thank you all very much.


    Jeannette

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