Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 8 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 76

Thread: How do you prep your fabric?

  1. #11
    Super Member SueSew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Nawth o' Boston
    Posts
    1,597
    Another vote for skip the pre-wash. If you have to starch and size it back up after washing what is the point?
    Don't shoot!
    SueSew
    "If it's messy, eat it over the sink!" Mom

  2. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Sonoma County, CA
    Posts
    1,932
    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    I pre-wash all fabrics in warm water, because I prefer working with clean (chemical-free) fabric, and because I don't like the idea of fabric shrinking unevenly after it's been sewn together; that seems potentially problematic to me. I don't pre-test my fabric for bleeding, though I think that's a good idea. I do group my fabrics for color when pre-washing, and use a color catcher for most loads (and they do often come out with quite a bit of color in them.) I dry the fabric in the dryer, then hand press and fold for storage. I press the fabric before cutting, using Best Press.
    This is pretty much exactly what I do, too, except that I TRY to remember to pull the fabric out of the dryer when it's still just a touch damp, and I drape it over a stand-up clothes dryer thing in my sewing room. Especially with long yardage - my machines like to twist up longer pieces of fabric and if it dries with those creases it takes way too much work to get them back out again.

  3. #13
    Member hautewife's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    25
    Wow, I'm surprised that so far the majority pre-washes. I had never heard of a "color catcher" before. I also especially like the idea of dipping in boiling water to test. Also, the point of washing away chemicals is reason enough for me to pre-wash. My son has sensitive skin so if for no other reason, that is good enough.
    Live. Love. Laugh.

  4. #14
    Super Member Jeanne S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Tulsa, Ok
    Posts
    1,735
    I preWash all dark color fabric yardage. I preWash light colors sometimes if I have the time and energy. If i do preWash I iron with spray starch before using. I rarely use precuts but if I do I never preWash them..

  5. #15
    Member hautewife's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    25
    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    I do pre- wash every fabric with just a little detergent and no softener, gentle/ short cycle.

    Either dry in machine on low setting or hang outside (weather).

    I do not iron fabric at this point but straighten and fold it and put into stock shelf.

    I double starch on back, press on front ( starch & press - starch & press). I do this after I cut the amount I want to use off the main length of fabric. It just makes it easier to handle. Re fold the main piece and place in basket that goes with project. I like to keep all my fabrics for one project together in case I want to cut more.

    I also don't like to cut out an entire quilt at one time. What if I cut it all wrong!

    After the starch& press I will begin to sub cut the fabric into the pieces I need for the project.

    Why do I do this? It really does make the fabric easier to handle, controls fraying and distortion. The number one reason is because I like to play with fabric. It is all part of the joy of making a quilt. There is a meditation and calmness in doing these acts as part of the creative process. I love it.

    peace
    Thank you for the tips on how to starch and press. Also your reminder to embrace the entire process as meditation is encouraging.
    Live. Love. Laugh.

  6. #16
    Super Member PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    6,479
    Blog Entries
    2
    Do an experiment. Take a yard of printed cotton. Measure both the length and width. Machine wash & dry. I have found that if you put a yard in, you get a yard out BUT it almost always shrinks width of fabric. Sometimes a half inch, sometimes almost 2. I prewash everything. Prints shrink and Batiks bleed. I am also a starcher. 1/2 StaFlo, 1/2 water, dip the fabric, dry till damp, then iron.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  7. #17
    Super Member AngeliaNR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    SW Missouri
    Posts
    1,489
    Blog Entries
    33
    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    Another vote for skip the pre-wash. If you have to starch and size it back up after washing what is the point?
    Don't shoot!
    Me, too (though I have been known to wash heavily dyed flannel and batik--usually red ones).
    Courtesy is not optional.

  8. #18
    Junior Member ShelleyCS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Truly in the middle of a forest
    Posts
    119
    Like others, I pre-wash. I have allergies and develop a cough if I don't. Washer/dryer, just as I expect the quilt will be washed, so hopefully, no further shrinking. To be honest, I use good fabric and I've yet to have significant shrinking except with flannel. I hand press out of the dryer, then iron and press with starch before cutting. It gives the fabric a bit more body and makes it easier to work with.

    Welcome to the board.

  9. #19
    Super Member calla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,969
    Blog Entries
    7
    I prewash if I am making a garment, for example a jacket. However for a quilt seldom. I read once that a gal prewashed and she snipped on the diagonal one corner to mark the fabric it had been washed.

  10. #20
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Posts
    6,302
    The only thing I've pre washed is flannel, and maybe something from a garage sale if it isn't "fresh" smelling. So far I haven't had any problems. I'm not a starcher. I have Best Press, Niagara, and the old discontinued Bounce. They don't do much for me. That being said, I don't do intricate quilts, mostly patchwork or strips.

    Also, to the OP, we have a search function you might try using as a start to your questions and then go from there. I'm pretty sure the wash vs. no wash has been discussed a bunch of times. And still no consensus!!!
    Alyce

Page 2 of 8 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.