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Thread: Lesson Learned -

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    Lesson Learned -

    Why I soak ONLY like colors together and wash my fabrics before cutting.

    The red was LQS fabric, by the way.

    I did not follow my usual routine - much to my regret.

    This was from several years ago - before I had ever heard of Retayne, Sythropol, and/or color catchers.
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    Is it already sewn into something? If not, mybe you can overdye it with rose for a red on red print?

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    If it isn't sewn into anything , you can cut it into smaller pieces and use in a scrappy quilt.

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    Several washings with Synthrapol will probably remove all the bleeds.

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    Isn't it wonderful that human beings are intelligent enough to learn from their mistakes...even without being denied a food reward I mean?!

    In 40 some-odd years of working with fabrics, I have had every color imaginable run, bleed, loose dye or otherwise 'spew their essence' when in contact with liquids. Yes, even yellows and creams. I learned early on to pre-wash everything and I keep washing until it stops 'spewing'. If it refuses, it gets delegated to the non-washable bin (throwing it away would just punish me, not the errant fabric). Simple, easy, effective part of my routine.

    Very definitely a lesson learned...and never, ever regretted. It's been many years since you skipped that step I bet!
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    After a very bad experience years ago I have always pre- washed every fabric before using. I have saved myself a lot of headaches.

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    I pre wash to also wash out any chemicals that might still remain.
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    Try washing it several times. We had some recently (Moda) red & white my mom washed it with color catchers and it still ran. It went through the dryer and everything, but we washed it about 3 more times and now it looks great

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    Pre-washing gets my vote. And I also follow your rule of like colors together. I even prewashed Hoffman Bali Pops in the sink. Learned a lesson there - use a bowl. My sink is tan and I had to bleach out the fabric dye. Then I spun out the excess water with a salad spinner and hung on a rack to dry. PRESSED not ironed all 120 strips. But it will be worth it when my King size quilt is done.
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