finishing and hemming cotton towels

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      dianeg537
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        249CF091-12B1-4759-A8AE-18A17A0475EA_1_105_cI just took a 5 yard warp off my loom with 3 tea towels.  Its been awhile since I’ve woven a number of towels on one warp.  I plan on machine hemming each towel.  Should I  I cut them apart and machine stitch each edge before I wash and hem them?  Or should I wash the 5 yard warp then cut them apart, and hem them.  They are cotton towels and I know will shrink from the sample I wove.  The warp is 8/2 cotton and the weft is a cotton slub.

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        Sandra
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          You could do them either way, Diane.  Usually, I zigzag stitch each towel’s tucked in part of the hem to secure it before I cut them apart after washing and ironing the whole warp.  But – like so many things, there is no right or wrong way – just what works best for you, as long as the ends of the cloth are secured before washing.

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