When all else fails, ask yourself, “What would Alice Starmore do?”
She’s all about cross-stitching to bind up a raw edge. It’s a traditional part of her patterns where steeking is involved. I did this on the Donegal sweater a while back, and it really worked. So that’s what I did with the deflabbed seams of my old sweater.
Here’s how it went.
That’s more than two inches of yarnflab below the top brown stitches, and an inch at the left. My plan was to cut it all back to a half inch wide, then do the Alice Starmore cross stitch over the edges, aka serging it old school style.
I left a half inch beyond the backstitching, even thought at this gauge it was only a couple of stitches wide. I figured I’d just bind the heck out of the edges and all would be OK. Or not.
These Fiskars scissors are terrifically sharp. Highly recommended.
I whacked away. Ms. Starmore instructs to whipstitch all the way across the seam in one direction, then come back to double it. Here’s the before (on the right) and the after (on the left), with half of the cross stitching done.
Here’s one side finished. Cheerful chaos was the result. When this is done using Shetland wool, not cotton floss, the seam quickly felts upon wearing and turns into a very solid thing. I went with a dense cross stitch here because the floss is never going to bond with the fabric underneath it. MOAR STITCHING. I’m not so sure this will hold up as sturdily, but it feels pretty stout at the moment.
With my cardigan now leaner and sassier, I’m back to cutting lengths of embroidery floss and getting ready to pile on more running stitch.
I have two of these available, should anybody be needing some leftover yarnflab.