I have a jacquard satchel. The fabric is very fine, don't know if it is silk or synthetic. Being black and silver, it is hard to photograph well:
The handles are heavy cord wrapped in the same fabric. The fabric is still intact, with no obvious holes or wear spots beyond the surface. But very fine threads are fraying all over the surface (not just from the seam).
Larger threads are visible in the picture. There is also a fuzz of micro-threads that don't stand out in the picture.
I want to clean up the loose threads and do something to keep the handles from fraying more.
I can clip or "shave" the handles to remove the loose threads without unraveling anything. But how can I then protect them so they don't continue to fray?
I don't want to radically alter the appearance if possible. I considered some kind of clear coating on the handles, but don't know what would protect the fabric while still being comfortable to hold, and not change the fabric appearance. An additional consideration is that I have no sewing skills, so anything that involves disassembling the satchel would be beyond my abilities.