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Thread: Do you preshrink your batting?

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Prewashing and shrinking Warm and Natural sort of defeats the purpose of using it. It's mainly for that antique look. Other batts will give you a flatter, quilt appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    I almost always use Warm and Natural and have never pre-shunk it. I also have never had a problem with it after washing a quilt.
    Same here :-)

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    I like to pre-shrink Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. Like every body else said, do not let it agitate!! You'll end up with a giant cotton ball. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    I purchased Warm & Natural batting this week at JoAnn's and asked about prewashing it. The sales clerk said to definitely not wash it because it will practically disintegrate. She said a customer had returned what was originally a 2 yard piece of the batting and after washing it it was the size of a ball of yarn. I don't know, since I've never prewashed it, I'm just passing along what she told me.
    I prewashed Warn and Natural once and it came out with a slightly rougher finish, but I used it just like I normally would. It probably did shrink some, but I didn't measure it. I couldn't really tell by just looking at it. My mom always preshrinks it with good results. I washed it and dried it by machine.

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    no, never...if i want a batt that isn't going to shrink a little that's what i buy, if i want the soft/fluffy outcome for my quilt i buy warm & natural or Dream Wool and use it out of the package :thumbup: seems like such alot of work to even consider it when you can just buy the batting that is right for your project

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    I never prewash my batting, but that's because I use fusible batting.

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    Warm & Natural comes with instructions on how to pre-wash it. I usually don't, but I did for one quilt, when I didn't want the batting to shrink, and it worked fine. I used the washing machine but didn't agitate.

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    If I want the quilt to have the crinkle old fashioned look I do not pre-shrink. If it is something like a table runner or I want to keep the flat appearance that I want to be flat , I always preshrink. I use warm and natural because it holds up the best to preshrinking. ( this is for cotton battings)
    As was mentioned earlier do let it soak overnight to fully saturate the fibers , yep it floats , so you will need to reposition a few times. Do not agitate , just spin and put in the dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    no, never...if i want a batt that isn't going to shrink a little that's what i buy, if i want the soft/fluffy outcome for my quilt i buy warm & natural or Dream Wool and use it out of the package :thumbup: seems like such alot of work to even consider it when you can just buy the batting that is right for your project
    I definately agree with you!!! Why make more work for yourself!!!

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    No way I'd wash batting before using. I can see one big wad of mess.

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