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Thread: Devistated - Problem With Bleeding Embroidery Thread

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    I am so upset, went to get out my newly finished top and unfolded it and found the blue dmc embroidery thread must have got wet and bled into my top. Now what do I do.

    Jane in Florida

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    Oh my! Can just thread do that? I will be watching the answers I hope you get.

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    I'm so sorry that happened

    If it hasn't set too long, maybe you can rinse and rinse and rinse and maybe some of it will come out

    I had a blue Pigma pen ink bleed into other parts of my quilt - I was told I was SUPPOSED to have heat set it before washing. But it had been on there for over a week when I washed it.

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    :( What about one of those new "stain pens" like Tide makes?? So you could just go over the new stains...?
    Try for colorfast on scrap first, but think it should work...Those stain sticks are wonderful...

    Good Luck!! :lol:

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    I bought a commercial made quilt at a thrift store that the thread had bled and I removed all of the thread and used a clorox pen on the white fabric. It came out pretty well.

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    I don't know what it's called because I haven't used it, but there is supposedly some kind of sheet tht you put in the washer, and it collects all that color. I don't remember where I read it (either in this quilt group or one of two others that I'm in), but the person that uses it puts a few sheets in at a time, and has never had a problem with colors bleeding. I wonder if that would work for it. Worth a try. I iwll see if I can find that post. I just saw it not even a week ago.

    EDITED TO ADD: Shout Color Catchers: http://www.shoutitout.com/preserve-colors.aspx

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    Even better than the color catcher sheets would be washing the quilt with Synthrapol. This suspends unset dye particles in the wash water so they can be rinsed away.

    If the color catcher sheets don't work, try Synthrapol. Sometimes you have to wash several times with Synthrapol to get all of the bled dye out. Whatever you try, don't dry the quilt in the dryer unless all of the bleed is gone; you don't want to inadvertently heat-set the bleed.

    Synthrapol is available in many quilt stores, especially those that cater to dyers. It is not expensive.

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    So sorry about your mishap, Grandma's stain remover works wonders, takes out all the stains I have ever used it on. Even the ones that have been set by drying. Most quilt stores have it also craft stores. It's amazing.

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    It's going to be hard to remove the stain unless you remove the floss first. If whatever you use removes the dye from where you DON'T want it, it will probably also remove the dye from where you DO want it, the floss itself. Was it all the blue floss, or just in one area? I have heard that cream of tartar will remove rust and dye stains from fabric. Never tried it though. Do a Google search to get more info.

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    I am so sorry to hear about your quilt. I haven't embroidered or used floss in years....I would have thought they would have taken care of this problem by now :? :? I hope that you can get those stains out :(

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