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Thread: 1/4" Shrinkage After Starching!!!

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    I am having heart failure. I'm taking a class tomorrow and have to pre-cut a zillion pieces. I cut my strips before cutting the small pieces, starched the strips and ironed and EEEKKKK!!! They shrank by 1/4" I am ready to give up!

    Did not pre-wash, but did cut 8" wide strips and then starched and ironed as directed before cutting smaller pieces. What a nightmare.

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    Did you wash your fabrics BEFORE cutting them?

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    Boy,i would have starched and ironed before cutting.Connie in CO

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    looks like another "learn and live" experience!

    There are times when "haste does make waste"

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    It might have been better to starch before cutting. That would have been easier, too. A little late for that advise I guess. Don't give up, I'm sure it can be fixed. Did all the strips shrink, or just the bias parts? It would possibly be usable only smaller. It would be a shame if you can't use what is already cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Did you wash your fabrics BEFORE cutting them?
    No. :(

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    If you did a bit of math you should be able to use those pieces You'd have to see how they all go together to see what would or would not need to be cut smaller still You could just make it all a little bit smaller ;) Worst case scenerio, I would set them aside and make a second one of whatever you are making in class - but make it all just a wee bit smaller :D At least you would not be out all that fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Boy,i would have starched and ironed before cutting.Connie in CO
    The strips were quite wide ~ 8" ~ and I needed to cut from those AFTER starching and ironing according to my directions. They sure won't go to waste. Not at the price I paid for the fabric! :( :thumbdown:

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    %$%^(*&^)(*_%#^%!!!!!!!!
    Lesson learned the HARD way!

    Starch BEFORE cutting and sewing!!!!

    Now you have strips for starting a strip quilt
    :oops: :cry:

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    Krystyna, I am so sorry you ran into trouble - sharing your trouble on the board is often a way to save the rest of us from a similar fate. Usually starch makes a piece bigger and sizing shrinks it up, in my experience.

    You have my sympathy - and hope your class is great :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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