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Topic: selvage (2 msgs / 41 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
The word selvage is not restricted in use to textiles. Don't mess with
the Vocabulary champ of Tilden High School 1955.
In a woven fabric, the selvage (or selvedge) is the uncut edge of the
fabric which is on the right- and left-hand edges as it comes out of
the loom. As such it is 'finished' and will not fray because the weft
threads double back on themselves. The term also refers to the
unfinished but structurally sound edges of flat knitted textiles.
Very often fabric near the selvage is not usable as it may have a
different weave pattern, or may lack pile or prints that are present
on the rest of the fabric requiring that the selvage fabric be cut off
or hidden in a hem. In handknitting, the selvage may be considered
finished; it may also be used in seaming garments, or finished and
reinforced using crochet or other techniques.
Selvage also can refer to the excess area of a printed or perforated
sheet of any material, such as the white border area on a sheet of
stamps
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2) From: Sandy Andina
Wow, Barry!  By 1964 (I graduated in '67), Tilden had ditched  
vocablulary competition in favor of Current Events (I was 1965 co- 
champ with Mr. Metlis' kid Schuyler--both my mom, who was in the first  
graduating class in '37, and I had been secretaries to Metlis).
On Jul 14, 2008, at 11:51 AM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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