How To Stop Denim From Fraying Without Sewing?

There’s a universal truth that every denim lover knows all too well: that heart-sinking moment when you spot the first signs of fraying on your favorite jeans.

But what if you’re not equipped with a sewing machine or the dexterity to mend it?

Fear not! We’re about to dive into some tried-and-true methods to halt that fraying in its tracks, no needle and thread required.

So, grab your distressed denim and let’s get to work!

How To Stop Denim From Fraying Without Sewing?

How To Stop Denim From Fraying Without Sewing

With some good remedies and proper equipment, you can stop your Denim from fraying at home. One of the most simple ways is using nail polish on the area where fabric fibers fray. You can even try to light and burn the frayed edges of your Denim to get rid of them instantly; however, it carries risk.

Moreover, you can check for the length of your denim pants or jeans. If the length of the leg of your Denim is too long, it will cause friction and lead to fraying. You can cut and hem the Denim with correct measurement to stop fraying.

In addition, proper footwear such as boots can also solve your denim fraying by reducing friction. Similarly, there are few more techniques to stop fraying. So, check out the various ways and steps involved in stopping fraying on your denim fabric.

If you want to successfully stop fraying from your denim clothes, then follow these various ways and methods to get effective results. In addition, you must ensure the availability of equipment before proceeding with the way out to solve fraying.

Method 1: Using Nail Polish And Handy Lighter

If you want an instant solution to stop fraying in your Denim, then use nail polish and a handy lighter. You have to apply the nail polish on the fray area of your Denim and wait until it hardens. This will help your Denim to stay intact and away from fraying for a few years until it wears off.

Moreover, you can use a handy lighter to burn the denim threads and seal them. You can seal up any signs of fray threads that started to form in your Denim.

Method 2: Using Fabric Glue And Fray Stop

Fabric Glue And Fray Stop

You can use fabric glue or hot glue as an effective method to stop fraying. You have to apply the fabric glue over the fray areas in your Denim and let it dry.

Moreover, you can use liquid fray sprays as they are most effective on bulkier fabric. As your Denim is a fine and strong fabric material, utilizing a fray stop can easily solve its fraying problem.

Whether you use the brand Fray Stoppa or Dritz Fray Stop, the liquid will enable you to stop your denim threads from unraveling. You can use these fray-stop liquids through spray or squeeze nozzles. If you want efficient and precise results by stopping fraying, you can use the squeeze nozzle.

In addition, you must remember to cut down the edges of your Denim immediately before using any of these products.

Method 3: Using Bias Tape Bound Edges

One of the most important methods to stop fraying without sewing is using bias tape. You have to take a strip of bias tape and keep it in between the two raw edges of the Denim. If the raw edges are sandwiched enough, it will stop fraying.

This method is most suitable for denim jackets as the bias-bound edges work efficiently on hems and tricky edges.

Method 4: Making Wide Seams And Using Hem Tape

In this method, you’ll have to widen the seam allowance of your denim fabric. So, start cutting the sheer fabric for a more comprehensive seam allowance. For instance, if you add an extra 1 cm of fabric and alter the seam allowance from 1.5 cm to 2.5 cm, it will reduce some frayed edges.

Moreover, you can utilize this wider seam allowance to make a french seam. In this step, you have to work on the inside of your denim garment to enclose the seam allowance. Then, you can use hem tape to the frayed area with a new seam and trim the remaining frayed edges.

Method 5: Using Interfacing To Stop Fraying

Using Interfacing To Stop Fraying

In this method, you will have to use iron-on fusible interfacing to stop fraying on the edges of your Denim. The steps are easy to follow and implement at home.

Firstly, you have to cut a piece of fusible interfacing with ½ inch width. Also, make sure that the length is similar to the untreated fabric edge to apply the interfacing efficiently.

Now, you have to put the interfacing onto the wrong side edge of the denim fabric. However, you must ensure that the interfacing is placed with its webbed-side down.

So, you have to use an iron with a high heat setting on the top of the interfacing. You have to place the iron on the top and hold it for about 3-4 seconds. Also, try to ‘lift and move’ the iron rather than ‘slide and move’ until the iron heat is applied completely.

Method 6: Using Pinking Shears

If you have hearts about pinking shear, then you must know about its benefits in sewing activities. For new sewers or people new to this word, pinking shears are zigzag edge scissors. These scissors give a zigzag pattern while cutting the edges of the fabric.

So, using pinking shears for your Denim will cut the fabric on the bias and stop fraying. This method is well-effective on fabric material such as cotton and polyester, making it an ideal choice for Denim. The serrated edge of this scissor enables clean and perfect trimming of the fraying edges on your Denim.

Method 7: Using Fabric Sealants

If you want to stop fraying in your Denim, you can seal them with the help of fabric sealant. In this method, you will have to use fabric sealants available in craft stores to seal the denim fabric edges.

You have to use fabric sealants on top of the frayed area. Then, you have to squeeze the tube of sealant onto the edges of the fabric with a thin coating. In addition, you have to trim any kind of loose thread from the edge of your denim fabric.

However, you must remember that the fabric sealant slowly becomes weaker with every wash. So, you may need to keep checking on your sealant after every wash.

How To Stop Denim From Fraying With Sewing?

How To Stop Denim From Fraying With Sewing?

There are several steps to stop Denim from fraying with sewing techniques too. So, check them out here.

1. Cutting The Pattern And Interfacing

First, you have to start cutting the pattern pieces of your denim fabric with an extra seam allowance of ⅜’’. So, here you are increasing the seam allowance from original ⅝’’ to 1’’. 

Then, you have to use a ruler and a rotary cutter to cut the interfacing. You can cut the fusible interfacing into narrow strips of about ¼’’.

2. Ironing The Edges

Ironing The Edges

In this step, you have to iron the interfacing of your pattern pieces and their edges. This ironing method will seal the edges of the fabric and help reduce or eliminate any form of fraying.

In addition, if you’re using lightweight, custom-made denim pants, then follow a tip. You can use the interfacing glue strip on the side up of your ironing board. Then, you can line up the raw edges of the denim fabric to press and fuse them together.

3. Stitching The Seams

Finally, you will have to make a french seam with the inside fold of your denim fabric. Then, you have to sew it along the side with ⅝’’ seam allowance. Next, you can trim down the seam between ⅛’’ to ¼’’ for alleviating the interfacing. Thus, you will find no signs of fraying in the end results.

Is It Possible To Hem Frayed Jeans?

Yes, you can hem frayed jeans efficiently. If you have the right skills and proper time allowance, then hemming is an excellent choice to stop fraying. If you want to hem your frayed jeans with your skill level, then roll up the edges of the jeans leg to get it above the frayed line.

Then, you have to use a strong stitch with some amount of stretchability. This flexibility on your stitch will help it not break while doing some sewing activity. However, if you want to hem frayed jeans with seam allowance, you can work on any frayed spot over your jeans. You can use a single stitch line over the fraying edges to make it better.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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