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Thread: About Washing

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    I purchased some fabric at a garage sale and it has that "other person" smell. I know I need to wash and iron it before I put it in my stash. I usually don't wash new material that I by from LQS. What will happen if I don't use this for a while and when I decide to use it I forget that it has been washed and I use it with non-washed fabric? Will I have a problem? Now that I have talked this out, I know, put a note with the fabric that it has been washed so that I will know to wash the fabric that I use it with. Well that problem solved. Thanks anyway.

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    You said it before I could type it

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    yes, pin a piece of paper to it, so you know it has been washed or cut a corner, some way you will know that it has been washed
    or pinking shears along the edge

    on a shelf of your fabric just have a shelf for washed fabrics

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    You said it.

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    I have lots of pieces of fabric from my mom's stash with little notes pinned on them stating the exact measurment and if it had been laundered.

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    Isn't it funny how we can reason things out just by typing it

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    It is possible to remove smells by putting them in a dryer with a WET towel and some fabric softener sheets. The damp from the wet towel transfers the fabric softener. If you use liquid softener just pour some on a wet washrag and put in the dryer. This is what we used to do before fabric sheets. Maybe that is where the companies got the idea.

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    I prewash all of my fabric. I clip the corners first. Then if it gets mixed up with a new purchase in my sewing room I can tell which fabric still needs washing.

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    I pre-wash all my fabrics before cutting for a quilt, but I don't always do it right when I buy it, so I have a mix of washed and unwashed fabrics. It usually is pretty obvious when a fabric has been washed, even when pressed, they don't ever look as smooth as when unwashed,also the cut ends usually will ravel a certain amount when washed.

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