Mary Ray's article from Threads #174 (August/September 2014) includes nine helpful tips that will have you looking at selvages in a whole new way.
A good selvage is like a bonus with your fabric purchase. Most of the time, sewers use selvages as references to ensure we're placing patterns on the fabric's straight grain, and then we cut them off and toss them. Selvages can be so much more, however, whether used for structural support, as embellishment, or as a source of inspiration.
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