I have zigzagged along the edges. Following the directions, I am going to plop the whole thing into the washer tomorrow, dry, cut apart, and then hem. The towels range right now in length from 51 to 55 inches. I think the middle two towels are closest in length and they will serve nicely as a gift. The first towel has that threading error; the last towel is the shortest because I ran out of warp! Always different but so far I am pleased.