How to Stop Satin from Fraying

by Mimi Bullock
Inexpensive satin ribbon can unravel quickly -- don't let it happen to your clothes.

Inexpensive satin ribbon can unravel quickly -- don't let it happen to your clothes.

Tugging one hanging thread off a satin garment or ribbon can irreversibly harm your delicate item. Once satin begins to fray, you need to address it quickly to stop further damage or, if possible, before edges begin to drop threads. Satin fabric is made from silk or a blend of synthetic fibers. When caring for satin, treat the edges as soon as threads appear. Satin ribbon, like the kind you sew onto clothing or wear in your hair, can begin to lose threads after some wear. For serious damage to a satin garment, consult a professional seamstress or dry cleaning service for repair.

Trimming Satin Ribbon

Snip the frayed end of a satin ribbon with sharp sewing scissors. Make the cut at a 45-degree angle or cut a V shape into the ribbon. Blunted scissors, such as safety scissors, will not make a clean cut. Use pinking shears to create a pretty, decorative edge.

Clip away any hanging satin threads. Dab a clear nail polish along the edge of the ribbon to stop fraying. Blow gently on the polish and allow it to dry before wearing or storing the ribbon.

Singe away any stubborn threads with a candle. Do not use the flame method if you have already used the nail polish. Use caution, though -- ribbon is also flammable.

Fixing Satin Fabric

Lay the hem of your garment on a flat, clean surface such as a table or counter.

Trim the edge with pinking shears. If you do not want a decorative edge, use sewing scissors.

Sew a straight stitch along the edges to stop the fraying. If you have access to a sewing machine, run a zigzag stitch along the edges.

Spray the edge or hem of the satin with chemical stabilizing, anti-fray spray. The spray is sold at craft and fabric stores.

Items you will need

  • Sewing scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Clear nail polish
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Anti-fray spray


  • If you need a temporary bond, white, water-soluble glue works well.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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