how to attach vintage fabric center to crocheted edge

by Linda
(Eau Claire WI)

I have a beautiful wide crocheted edge for a large, round piece. I will use it on my big round, dining room table. I purchased a beautiful piece of vintage linen to use as the center of the piece. My plan is to cut the round piece out, hand-stitch a narrow hem, and attach the crocheted edge to the linen. Should I use a particular stitch to do this? or should it be attached in some other fashion? HELP!

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how to attach vintage fabric center to crocheted edge
by: Valerie Kalyani

It will help stabilize your linen if you mark your circle on the cloth, then sew on the line with a sewing machine around the circle before you cut it. This will help keep the linen from fraying as you hand stitch your way around and help keep it from stretching as you sew the biased parts around it.

You can still pin the lace down to keep it even.

I would also only cut about 20" at a time for the same reason. A simple whip stitch done so it shows as little as possible will probably be fine for attaching the lace piece.

If you can crochet yourself, you might consider getting a ball of matching crochet thread and 'sewing' the lace on by making a single crochet around the cloth, attaching the lace as you go.

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Creating holes in fabric to attach crocheted edging

by Roberta
(Michigan)

I am attempting to create holes in fabric to attach crocheted edging. I have tried a wing needle 100/16, but the holes are not large enough to see. Any other suggestions?

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When you are putting a crochet edge on a fabric you do not make all the holes for it first, you insert the hook into the cloth and make each one as you go along the edge. Although I generally prefer to use a Boye brand crochet hook, I use a Susan Bates hook to do edgings because they have a pointier hook tip than a Boye and it pushes through the cloth much easier.

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