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    Default Re: Do Batiks have selvedges?

    There are definitely selvedges on Batiks, even in a Jelly Roll. But each is the same color as the rest of the strip, and I don't think the selvedge is more than 1/4" wide. I can feel it better than I can see it, and I do trim them off, even on a Jelly Roll.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Default Re: Do Batiks have selvedges?

    There definitely are selvedges on batiks because they are woven fabric. Selvedges shrink a different amount than the rest of the fabric so I cut them off even if I can't see them. I cut about 1/2" off. Better safe than puckers in your seams.

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    Default Re: Do Batiks have selvedges?

    Batiks are processed in vats and the fabrics are soaked. That's why it's hard to see the selvages, but they're definitely there. If you look close, sometimes the edges look fuzzy. Anyway, here's a great video on how they're made. It's long, but so fascinating.


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    Default Re: Do Batiks have selvedges?

    Fascinating!

    How is it possible that we pay less than $15/yard for this labor intensive process?!?!

    A few years ago, I started a BOM at our LQS. They made an announcement that there would be no more fabric available for the previous year's BOM. Tragically, everyone in the family who'd made that fabric had died in the Tsunami that had hit Indonesia. There was an audible gasp. It was so sad.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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