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    What a word :twisted: :twisted: but yes what u do for fixing the color and not bleeding when wash ?
    I read that you put vinegar , salt

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    I use a color catcher the first time I wash I quilt. Works for me.

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    I use a color catcher, too. It comes in a box that looks like fabric softener sheets. I don't know if you have such a thing in the laundry department of your local stores. I'm attaching a link that shows a picture of the box so you might have some idea what to look for.

    http://www.shoutitout.com/preserve-colors.aspx

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    I just got back from my LAQ's house and she was telling me about Color Catcher, and she get's her's at Meijer's for $3.97 I think she said. There are 24 sheets in that one box for under $4.00. She wouldn't use anything else. Swear's by it.
    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawsan
    I read that you put vinegar , salt
    THose are old remedies that used to work with some of the old-fashioned dies. They tend not to work with the new dies. There is a color-setting liquid available and for the life of me, I can't recall the name. I have used it to prewash some bleeding fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by sawsan
    I read that you put vinegar , salt
    THose are old remedies that used to work with some of the old-fashioned dies. They tend not to work with the new dies. There is a color-setting liquid available and for the life of me, I can't recall the name. I have used it to prewash some bleeding fabrics.
    It's Synthrapol. I use it for the first wash of my quilts. Synthrapol suspends unset dye particles in water so they are rinsed away instead of settling into other fabrics.

    For an individual fabric, you can also use Retayne. Retayne sets dye particles in fabric so you *don't* want to use this on an entire quilt. If one fabric bleeds, you could be permanently setting the bleed into the other fabrics.

    Many quilt shops carry Synthrapol now, and those shops that cater to dyers also carry Retayne. They can be purchased online too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99

    It's Synthrapol.
    Thanks - that's it!

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    Whatever you do, don't use salt! The amount of salt it would take to stop the bleeding process in fabrics will damage a washing machine. Vinegar might stop the fabric from bleeding more but I don't think it will help if it has already bled onto another fabric. I agree with the gals who have already posted, get one of the products especially created to help with this problem.

    Are you having a problem with a specific fabric? If so, I would say to toss that fabric and don't use it. Tear it into strips and reuse in the garden if you want, but take it far, far away from your quilting space so you don't accidentally use it in something else.

    I'm a big fan of pre-washing fabrics. I keep meaning to try the dye catchers but so far I haven't managed to buy them. Instead I use a small piece of muslin to help me make sure none of my fabrics are going to run. I toss a 3-6 inch square in with the wash & check it once the wash is done. If there is dye, I rewash whatever fabric is leaking and see if that helps. I also toss a muslin sheet into the dryer with my fabric. If it picks up any dye, then I usually toss that fabric away from my quilting projects, or use it in the garden, or to make a practice block that isn't going to be used for anything. With the exception of a handful of fabrics over the years, prewashing has saved me a lot of time and trouble. I highly recommend it to those who don't but might be having trouble in this area.

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    Thank u for the products names ladies and your timing

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    [quote=Tiffany

    Are you having a problem with a specific fabric? If so, I would say to toss that fabric and don't use it. Tear it into strips and reuse in the garden if you want, but take it far, far away from your quilting space so you don't accidentally use it in something else.

    Thank y Tiffany 4 u concern and no i make a small test with small p so it bleeds it is cotton

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