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#1 Anacott Steel

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:41 AM

Hey leather workers - I like lining the inside of my projects with fabric. So far i have been dressing the edges with clear nail polish. It works ok but still the fabric ends up fraying after a bit of use.

1) what do you guys/gals use to treat the edges of fabric to keep the threads from fraying?

2) Edging Kote - do I need this or is it a scam dreamed up by Madison Avenue type shiny pants marketers ?

3) when burnishing edges - i understand that I need to apply a bit of "swift" to the burnishing motion, but how much weight do I need to apply ? I mean do I have to press down hard with all my weight (sadly im 92 kgs !) or is it a gentle pressure but a rapid movement ?

many thanks for any help that you guys/gals can provide a leather newbie.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:19 AM

There is no way to stop the edges of woven fabric other than hemming it. I would suggest that you use craft felt which is quite thin and comes in a wide range of colours.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:10 AM

fold the exposed edge over and glue it down or use seam tape
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:15 PM

as for burnishing, you don't need a lot of pressure - hardly none at all. it's heat that does the work. burnish it just fast enough to build up heat and that should do it. i've used too much pressure before and it tends to mushroom the edge. looks nasty.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

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as for burnishing, you don't need a lot of pressure - hardly none at all. it's heat that does the work. burnish it just fast enough to build up heat and that should do it. i've used too much pressure before and it tends to mushroom the edge. looks nasty.


Many thanks Ramrod. I really appreciate the advice. I think I've been using too much pressure and it's not turned out that well.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:39 AM

Hey leather workers - I like lining the inside of my projects with fabric. So far i have been dressing the edges with clear nail polish. It works ok but still the fabric ends up fraying after a bit of use.

1) what do you guys/gals use to treat the edges of fabric to keep the threads from fraying?

2) Edging Kote - do I need this or is it a scam dreamed up by Madison Avenue type shiny pants marketers ?

3) when burnishing edges - i understand that I need to apply a bit of "swift" to the burnishing motion, but how much weight do I need to apply ? I mean do I have to press down hard with all my weight (sadly im 92 kgs !) or is it a gentle pressure but a rapid movement ?

many thanks for any help that you guys/gals can provide a leather newbie.


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