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Thread: Folding fabric for washing

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    Red face Folding fabric for washing

    I have seen some where a method for folding fabric before washing in a way to stop all that big tangle of frayed ends.
    Can anyone help with this method?
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    Open out your yardage; accordion pleat it along the selvage approx every 18"; safety pin along the one edge; throw in washer; when finished pull out & shake it down into the folds again; and throw it into the dryer; then shake it when dried; remove pins. It has always worked well for me, although I know some people say it doesn't work for them. I use quilt shop fabrics so not sure how this would work on a very loosely woven fabric.

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    My method is like this without pins to wash. I DO NOT use the dryer instead I match the selvages by hand, smooth and hang fabric over trouser hangers using several hangers with app. 18 in loops and hang over the line. In my laundry room I use my display shelves that go around the room. You could even place a rod where you could use it. With several yards you will have several draping loops of fabric.
    I rarely need to even press after this metod.

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    Part of the reason for prewashing is to preshrink. Using the dryer does some of the preshrinking, so I always use both washer and dryer, and with some fabrics (muslin and loosely wovens), I w/d several times. I serge the raw edges together and cut them off with a rotary cutter afterwards.

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    I think one of the more important steps is to make sure that the fold line (when the fabric was on the bolt) has been opened/unfolded.

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    I zig zag the cut edge. That way I use up old bobbins that I now longer need the color. Works fine for me

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    Iím going to try these methods. I always suspected the twisting and pulling of the washer contributed to the fraying. Thanks.



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    If you use the gentle cycle, there is no "twisting and pulling" and almost no raveling. No need to do anything else.
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    All these methods were very interesting to read.

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    I'm so glad I don't prewash.
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