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Question DetailsAsked on 6/11/2013

How do I finish the edges of a carpet to make a rug?

I have a 10x12 piece of berber carpet that Home Depot gave me and I want to make an area rug out of it. The edges need to be finished off. I saw some adhesive finishing cloth tape, but wondered if there was someone who would do this for me.

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The adhesive tape will not stand up to foot traffic.

Finishing the edge is called carpet serging or carpet binding - it involves a spiral stitching with a special machine with a heavy yarn to make a bound, resistant edge to the rug. Unfortunately, it is not real cheap - typically about $1-2/linear foot, so with 44 LF you are talking about $45-90 - though I suspect most places have a minimum charge of $75-100.

Our yellow pages lists them under Carpet and Rug - Repairers and Carpet and Rug - Weavers.

If no luck there, check with your local carpet dealers, custom sewing repair shops, tent and awning shops, dry cleaners in that order to find someone in your town that does it.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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