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Thread: Frustrated

  1. #11
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    I have the same problem. Even when I straighten everything out before putting it in the dryer, it comes out all twisted. You'd think the dryer would untwist the mess from the washer. Not

  2. #12
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    Hooray, my "new" 10 year old washer and dryer don't twist or knot anything. I'm having a lot more fun pre-washing and drying my fabrics.
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    Sonoma County, CA
    I have this problem too, I'll have to try the pillowcase method!

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    I have come to the conclusion that this happens! Sheets, fabric, anything flat, table cloths....screwing up!!! I live with it! Then I iron the table cloths (ah, this is good for next year again), sheets, heck I just fold them and then fabric. It gives me time that I need to just look at the material, think about what I am going to do with it, feel how nice and easy the iron flows over it and then I fold it, gently, of course, and relish the time I had relaxing, figuring out what I am going to do with it and just enjoy ironing it! My time!!!!!!! Edie
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    The accordian fold method works for me. Fold so you pin the cut edges together every 6 inches or so.
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    I bought those litte balls with the prongs on them. I use them in all my drying since I rarely have enough to fill the dryer. It seems to work pretty well for most things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingquilter View Post
    Does anyone else have this problem? My washing machine takes any length of fabric (sheets too) and twists it into coil. I unwind before putting it into the dryer, but then the dryer does the same thing! Makes ironing those wrinkles out a real chore, even though I take it out slightly damp. Last night I pre-washed 5.5 yards for a quilt backing and spent a half hour ironing. I've tried in the past putting a heavy towel in the dryer with it but no luck. Grrrrrrrrrr
    Somewhere I saw a tutorial for just this problem. The lady was actually demonstrating something else and showed what to do for twisted raveled cloth just as an aside.

    She took the new cloth and joined the ends together first. Some people use the machine to make a simple zig-zag seam which also helps the cut edges not to ravel. Then she folded the ends back on the main fold and started pleating the fabric in large pleats--probably at least 8 for the width of the cloth. Using large safety pins she pinned the pleats in place and tossed it into the washer. I have used that method for a while now and it really works.

    I would say if your bedsheets get all twisted too, you probably want do the same thing with them or get a new washer. Most models today will not do that to sheets.
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  8. #18
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    I have experience the same problem of twisting even with bed sheets until we began using dryer balls. The bounce around in the dryer and the sheet comes out fluffed. Can't over load with the same expectation.

  9. #19
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    Central Wisconsin
    I never had a problem with my agitator washer for the 33 years that I had it. Then I got a front loader. What a twisted mess. I found that if I just throw the item in, it gets twisted up. If I hold out one hand and lower the item into that hand, it will land sort of accordion pleated. Put the item carefully into the machine and things don't twist up nearly as badly. In the winter, all the long underwear and long sleeved turtle-neck T shirts used to be a mess. Now it is not so bad. I try to toss things into the machine in a "ball". With a few yards of fabric, I'm sure even that won't work. It needs to be pinned together or put into something.

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    Phoenix, AZ
    I keep 4 tennis balls for the dryer only. Us e them for every cycle. Helps a lot!
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