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Raw edge

Raw edge – This is the rough, raw edge that usually has the raveling on it. #rawedge

Raw edge

Raw edge - This is the rough, raw edge that usually has the raveling on it. #rawedge

This is the edge where the fabric is cut. Often you can hem these or sew them inside. This is often the fraying edge.

The raw edge of a piece of fabric is the unfinished edge that has been cut but has not been hemmed or otherwise finished to prevent fraying. When fabric is cut, the fibers at the edge become exposed and can begin to unravel and fray over time, which can result in a messy and unprofessional-looking edge.

Raw edges can be found on a variety of types of fabric, from woven to knit, and they are often used intentionally in certain types of designs to create a raw, unfinished, or distressed look.

To prevent fraying, raw edges can be finished by sewing or serging the edges to create a clean edge that will not unravel. Some other ways to finish raw edges include using pinking shears, which cut a zigzag edge that can help prevent fraying, or using binding or bias tape to encase the raw edge and create a finished look.

Overall, raw edges are a natural result of cutting fabric and can be both a design choice and a potential issue if left unfinished. Properly finishing raw edges is an important step in creating a polished and professional-looking garment or project.


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