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Thread: How can I stop a fabric from bleeding

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    A friend recently purchased some fabric for me at a well known quilt shop in the area so I can make placemats and a table runner for her. I normally throw my fabric in with the regular wash but decided to do it by hand in the bathroom sink. I have soaked, washed, rinsed, re-rinsed this one particular piece of not very dark green print and it is still leaching out green. HELP. I've run out of ideas.

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    put it in the washer- warm water and detergent- wash it- rinse and see if the water is clear- if not= wash again-
    you can add retayne- which sets dyes- you can toss in color catchers- to catch the fugitive dyes-
    if after 2 or 3 washes it still bleeds- put it aside and use something else- some fabrics run until there is no color left- some just have some excess dye and will stop after a couple washes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    put it in the washer- warm water and detergent- wash it- rinse and see if the water is clear- if not= wash again-
    you can add retayne- which sets dyes- you can toss in color catchers- to catch the fugitive dyes-
    if after 2 or 3 washes it still bleeds- put it aside and use something else- some fabrics run until there is no color left- some just have some excess dye and will stop after a couple washes.
    Excellent advice! :-)

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    You can also wash your fabric in vinegar to set the dye.

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    Retayne is the best way to go! Vinegar will not work unless an acid type dye has been used , and acid type dyes are not used on cotton quilting fabrics.

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    Didn't people use salt also to set dyes? I have never used dye so I am not sure - but I don't usually pre-wash and I have been lucky so far. Try the Color Catchers - they work well.

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    I am so bad...my first thought when I read the topic was,

    "Don't cut it!"

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    Easy answer http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1981-AA.shtml

    Check it out - works like a dream!!!

    Another product http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/synthrapol.shtml

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    You need to wash it in Retayne in hot water. A lot of quilt shops carry Retayne now. You can also order it online from places such as Amazon, Dharma Trading, and ProChem. Just remember that Retayne *sets* dye. That's why you want to use it on a fabric. Never use it on a finished quilt, as it can permanently set a bleed. (Synthrapol can be used on a quilt to prevent bleeds from setting, and even to remove bleeds that have not been permanently set.)

    A few fabrics need two treatments with Retayne. Anything that bleeds after that should be discarded or used for something other than a quilt.

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    Vinegar. If u have a green shirt that's faded throw it in. It will brighten it back up. Read it in magazine

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