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Oilcloth table cloth

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Throughgrittedteeth Tue 16-Apr-13 08:11:48

Yesterday I bought some oilcloth to make a table cloth but, being a sewing novice, I'm not sure if I actually have to do anything with it?
It is backed with a softer fabric but will it fray? Should I sew a seam into it? Can you sew into oilcloth with a regular needle/sewing machine?
Sorry for all the questions, all answers will be appreciated grin

Throughgrittedteeth Tue 16-Apr-13 10:11:13


Heinz55 Tue 16-Apr-13 10:12:51

I have oilcloth and never hemmed it or anything. In my home they last about 12 - 18 months - not because they fray (at all) but because my children get ink and paint on them - tomato sauce also stains them.

cocoplops Tue 16-Apr-13 10:13:45

You don't need to do anything - wont fray. If you wanted to put a contrasting edging on it for decor you can sew it - think you might have to use a heavy duty needle for jeans or something?

mrsminiverscharlady Tue 16-Apr-13 10:14:21

No need to hem. Mine don't even last 12 months sad Luckily for me they sell cheap ones at the local market!

lynniep Tue 16-Apr-13 10:17:55

It wont fray. As others have said it will probably stain with bolognaise and get pen marks all over it like mine. But then thats what its for - protects your table!

BigBoobiedBertha Tue 16-Apr-13 10:49:29

No they won't fray but just as aside, you can sew into them with a normal machine and decent needle. Some people use oil cloth to make bags etc, Cath Kidson stylee

Throughgrittedteeth Tue 16-Apr-13 11:06:13

Thanks for the replies! I'll leave be then.
I got it cheap from our market - £4 shock so I'll keep an eye out for bolognaise stains! grin

BlueChampagne Thu 18-Apr-13 12:33:02

My one from John Lewis has lasted 15 years, including 5 years of at least one DC.

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