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Thread: Dryer after pre-washing?

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    community benefactor collettakay's Avatar
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    The instruction that came with my fabric say to put it into the dryer until almost dry and then iron. I've always just ironed dry (smaller pieces though). Does anyone put their fabric into the dryer? I'd hate to ruin my beautiful new fabric :(

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    I don't unless it is a 3+ yard piece - otherwise mine always dried, even on air, with the wrinkles! The last batch we did (20+ yards of different blues) we only put the 4 and 6 yard pieces in the dryer on the air cycle and it worked out fine.

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    I put mine in the dryer on permanent press, and unless I'm using it right away, I dry it completely. Then whenever I am going to use it, I iron it using a spray bottle for the stubborn bits. :wink:

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    I just toss them all in the dryer. I may not dry them for a real long time, but they all go in there and then I press them when they come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    I just toss them all in the dryer. I may not dry them for a real long time, but they all go in there and then I press them when they come out.

    Me too!

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    My fabric almost always goes in the dryer, unless it's small pieces...those I iron dry. I dry my fabric completely in the dryer, then iron it and I"ve never had a problem.

    I found a site once with great directions for folding and storing fabric, but I guess I forgot to bookmark it. I'll try to explain it here.

    Fold the fabric selvedge to selvedge and press. Then fold again by bringing selvedges to the fold. I don't press again at this point. Measure 9" from the end and fold, continue folding by flipping the folded section until you get to the end. It's easy to tell how much fabric you have by counting the folds...four folds is one yard.

    It takes little extra time to do this but it really makes storing fabric neat and easy since each piece about the same height, just a different thickness depending on the yardage.

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    I just toss them all in the dryer. I may not dry them for a real long time, but they all go in there and then I press them when they come out.
    Me, too.

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    I dry mine but put a towel in with the fabric, that helps keep it from getting all tangled up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedstitcher
    My fabric almost always goes in the dryer, unless it's small pieces...those I iron dry. I dry my fabric completely in the dryer, then iron it and I"ve never had a problem.

    I found a site once with great directions for folding and storing fabric, but I guess I forgot to bookmark it. I'll try to explain it here.

    Fold the fabric selvedge to selvedge and press. Then fold again by bringing selvedges to the fold. I don't press again at this point. Measure 9" from the end and fold, continue folding by flipping the folded section until you get to the end. It's easy to tell how much fabric you have by counting the folds...four folds is one yard.

    It takes little extra time to do this but it really makes storing fabric neat and easy since each piece about the same height, just a different thickness depending on the yardage.
    Twisted stitcher: This reminds me of a rule-of-thumb that I used when I worked in a fabric store many years ago. If someone brought a bolt to the counter and asked how many yards were on it, instead of unrolling the whole bolt, I'd estimate: Every two rounds equal one yard. So if you are looking at the end of the bolt, and between you and the center cardboard are 6 rounds, you have approximately 3 yards. It's amazingly accurate.

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    I usually put mine in the dryer, but on a nice windy day will hang them on the line - wind takes out all the wrinkles. I have never ironed mine while still wet. I usually wash all pieces as they come in the house, so they will be ready when I am ready to make something. I love to iron, so don't mind doing that before using.

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