Hemstitch / Fringe

  Hello all.  I am making huck placemats out of 3/2 pearl cotton (love the sheen).  The pattern was free from a Handwoven ebook.  The directions had you hemstitch the ends, then leave little fringes.   Question - When one hemstitches is that just to tack down fringe or is there a way to hemstitch that you don't need fringe? vs. turning up and hemming after it is off the loom?




then it means the mats were planned for fringe and the finished project dimensions did not take into account a turned hem.

You can certainly make a folded over/stitched hem, but this hemmed part of the mat will be bulkier with the fringe encased, and the finished mat will be smaller.


If you hemstitch the ends on the loom, you will have fringe, as Sally mentions.  You can weave more material to create a folded hem, and can hemstitch this hem, but you can't do this on the loom because you must have a cut end.  I often weave my hems with a finer thread to reduce the bulk, and I prefer to make linens that will be washed often with hems.

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