The selvedge should be trimmed off, as it is hard to sew through and draws up when wet.
The selvedge of this linen fabric is peculiar and somewhat elaborate.
Make notches in selvedge, to prevent it from drawing up the breadth.
From one selvedge cut a strip 2½ inches wide, lengthwise of the piece.
From the yard of check material cut a strip three inches wide along the selvedge.
Hem the top with a quarter-inch hem if there is no selvedge.
Specimen has been cut from the body of the fabric, showing no selvedge.
Skilful cutting of the selvedge and new fringing will correct the error.
Remember how the filling thread passes at the selvedge, and remove it there as it turns.
When the selvedge is at the shorter end you have the pillow.
mid-15c., "edge of web or cloth so finished as to prevent raveling," apparently literally "its own edge," a corruption of self + edge (n.); on analogy of Middle Flemish selvegge (cf. also Low German sulfegge; Dutch zelfkant, from kant "border;" Middle High German selbende, German Selbend, literally "self-end").