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Thread: I Can NOT Get the wrinkles out of my fabric--no matter what. Do I toss it?

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    I Can NOT Get the wrinkles out of my fabric--no matter what. Do I toss it?

    So I am making a quilt that calls for a lot of white on white fabric. I have purchased 4 different fabrics to use. One fabric (I don't know the brand because it isn't marked on the selvage) came out of the dryer (mostly dry but a little bit of dampness) with quite a few wrinkles. It was a one yard cut. I immediately sprayed it with Best Press and pressed/ironed it and virtually all the wrinkles stayed.

    It has been sitting for a few days and I was going to start cutting it up today but it still has so many wrinkles and areas that look kind of "pebbled" from where it was probably pretty damp and then dried with the iron. I tried ironing it again just now and it doesn't seem to be helping anything. It is like these wrinkles and pebbling are virtually permanent.

    I cut a smaller strip of this same fabric last month to test the block and it did the same thing only worse since it was such a small piece it wrapped all up in its self. I have purchased 7 yards of this fabric so I am pretty dismayed that this happend.

    The good news is that the biggest piece of this fabric will only be 1 1/2 inches square (it is for an omigosh) so it probably won't be super noticable.

    After it is finished and quilted and then washed, I am wondering what this will look like. Should I proceed or toss it and get something else?

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    I think I would take it back from where I bought it. I would use something else.

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    crafty pat--I'm am virtually certain I am stuck with this fabric. The LQS I purchased this from (I believe it was maybe in February this year) has horrible customer service and as a result I don't even shop there anymore even though they are closer to me than any other LQS and have the best coupons. They would never take back this fabric for anything other than a very obvious manufacturers defect and even then, I'm sure they would require the receipt and be quite unpleasant about it. I purchase so much fabric at times that it would be very difficult to come up with a receipt for everything.

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    I have that same problem with my face! But really, get an old spray bottle and fill it with cheap vodka and water (I use 1 part vodka and 2 parts water). Got that advice from someone here and I may never go back to commercial starch!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
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    I have a friend who used to work in the fabric industry that told me to use water and vinegar. I keep a spray bottle next to my iron with 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. I lightly spray, let it sit a minute, then iron. The smell disappears after a while.

    I had complained to her about a panel that had the fold crease down the middle. It took it out. Remember to press - not pull and push the iron across the fabric - it will distort it.

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    Tracy - to you occasionally spray into your mouth? LOL After a while I wouldn't care about any wrinkles - face or fabric!

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    From the 'good old days': Sprinkle it well with water and put it in a plastic bag for several hours, then press it with a very hot iron. If it's going to be a while, you can put it in fridge - seems to help with wrinkles, too. I would also use my spray starch when pressing. I am not familiar with Best Press.

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    I would try hand washing it in the bath tub and hanging it flat over the curtain rod until dry. See if that improves it. I would also trim a little piece off and do the burn test to check the fabric content. I don't think it will matter if wrinkled in such small prices though.

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    I've occasionally come across a fabric that just refuses to iron/press flat. There is just something about the way that it was manufactured that makes it stubborn.

    If it bothers you now - what makes you think it won't bother you next year or five years from now?

    Occasionally we get stuck/burned with something that is a dud. If possible, try to return it. If not, if you can - write it off as a learning experience - and I think most of us have had a few of those!!

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    If all the above info fails I had seen a purse pattern where you do that on purpose to your fabric. I have the pattern at home but I am out of town for a while if interested let me know and I will send the info when I get back

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