Flag fray


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bluthundr31
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Flag fray

Post by bluthundr31 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:21 pm



I have been flying an American Flag on my beast for a few years now but have trouble keeping the flag from "fraying" at the end after a few months of riding. I want the flag to look good for as long as possible but no matter how "sturdy" the stitching looks when new, , it always seems to give way and tear/fray at the end.

My new flag (12" X 18") is being treated with "Fray-check" on the end to (hopefully) strengthen the stitching.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A FOOL-PROOF WAY TO KEEP THE AMERICAN FLAG FROM GETTING FRAYED ENDS?



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Re: Flag fray

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:33 pm

If you have a sewing machine you can reinforce the edge by folding it over, adding a bit if heavier material along the edge, and running some good, tight, stitching down the entire edge.
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Re: Flag fray

Post by bluthundr31 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:24 pm

The flag has the end folded and double-stitched already, , , and I sure as hell aint no Betsy Ross :lol:

The brand is "In the breeze" out of Bend, Oregon and well made. I was wondering if anyone knew of any product I could apply to the end to keep the fabric more "connected" to prevent fraying. I applied a coating of the "Fray-check" and it dried fairly "stiff" so it might work as I want.

I'm gonna go out and "fly it proudly" soon as the rain stops, , , ,thanks Alan

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Re: Flag fray

Post by minimac » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:13 am

What about some clear,really sticky, tape folded over the edge of your flag? That should stop any unraveling and loose threads. It only needs to be slightly wider than the end of the flag. I'm taking for granted your flag is fraying only at the rearmost edge.

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Re: Flag fray

Post by dingdong » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:25 am

They make iron on hem tape. Comes on a roll. I assume you have an iron. Lol.



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