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When sewing and they tell you to serge the edges of the fabric , what does this mean?

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It means to finish off the edges of a piece of cloth so that it will not unravel.

Your sewing machine may have a 'serge' feature. If it does not (or if you are sewing by hand) you can still do it; just do as Rock said and finish off the edges so they will not fray (i.e., perhaps use a blindstitch).

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Hi A blind stitch will finish off the edges but so will a simple zig -zag stitch. just run it along the outside edge tight enough to stop raveling but not too tight to cause the fabric to wave...If it is a small area or project, there is a product called "Fray-Check" that stops fabric from raveling. I use it on my wall hung art quilts...Donna

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A serger is another type of sewing machine.  It has 4 cones of thread on it.  You can use 4, 3,  or 2 cones.  It also has a blade (or knife as it is called) that also cuts the excess fabric off as you sew.  You sew like you would with a normal sewing machine.  But the serger wraps the threads around the edge of your fabric.  Looks just like store bought stuff.  Gives it a nice finish & keeps it from fraying.  Good luck.

Like Diann99 said a serger is another type of machine. A serger is also known as an overlocker.

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