It’s called an Overcast stitch.
I was going to use a zigzag stitch to keep the edges of the fabric from fraying, but when I looked in the instruction book that came with my sewing machine, there it was with an explanation of what the Overcast does and a little drawing, that matches the little drawing on my sewing machine, so I could easily find the right button to push.
I never used this kind of fabric before, so I had no idea that even once I stitched it, it would continue fraying till it separated from the fabric it was sewn too.
I removed the backing from the Crane Pillow and the bottom piece of fabric that had ripped when I stuffed the pillow. Then I used the Overcast to reinforce each seam on the pillow that had the fraying fabric.
I sewed a new piece of fabric on the bottom and sewed the backing back on.
As I pushed the stuffing into the pillow, for the second time, I was grateful that the seam had ripped. What if it hadn’t and I sold the pillow only for the seams to slowly come apart. What if I made a whole bunch more pillows and sold them too. Or even if I used the fabric in a quilt.
Although some of my work is more fragile than others because of the fabric I use, I do what I can so it can endure. And this fabric isn’t vintage, it’s just that I didn’t know how to properly use it.
I’m so glad the fabric frayed, so I could learn how to use it without fraying.
When I finished stuffing and sewing the Crane Pillow, I Overcast all the seams on the Coy Pillow. (I still have to back and stuff that one.)
When I make the next pillow I’m going to use another stitch on my machine. It’s called Seam/Overcast and it sews the seam and overcasts the edge at the same time.
I’m so glad the fabric frayed, because I learned so much about the fabric, my sewing machine and overcasting.