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Should you sew with or against the selvage?

The lengthwise grain of the fabric has less ease/give - this is perpendicular (vertical) to the selvage.

The crosswise grain of the fabric has more ease/give - this is the horizontal cut from selvage edge to selvage edge.

If you fold the top edge of one selvage edge to the bottom, opposite edge, the triangle this forms is the bias, which has the most ease and less stability.

Determine which angle of the article you are making needs give and which one needs stability.

Remove selvage edges as they pucker and do not lay flat.
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