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Thread: pre-washing fabric

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    I was always told to either pre-wash fabric before quilting or not, but what you do to some, do it to all the fabric. I now am in a jam. I am making a black and white quilt for charity. I needed more solid black but I didn't pre-wash the other fabric and I'm afraid it might run. Would I be safe if I washed it with the color catcher and let it air dry?

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    Super Member justwannaquilt's Avatar
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    No heat, it shouldn't shrink!

    check the fabric for bleeding,
    fill a glass with hot water, put a piece of questionable fabric in the water, add a drop of detergant, let it soak for several minutes. Pull the fabric out and rub it with a piece of white scrap fabric. if it bleeds then I would wash it in cold water and air dry it. RECHECK IT!!!! If it still bleeds after the wash you can try using Retayne in the next wash!

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    thanks for this information

    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    No heat, it shouldn't shrink!

    check the fabric for bleeding,
    fill a glass with hot water, put a piece of questionable fabric in the water, add a drop of detergant, let it soak for several minutes. Pull the fabric out and rub it with a piece of white scrap fabric. if it bleeds then I would wash it in cold water and air dry it. RECHECK IT!!!! If it still bleeds after the wash you can try using Retayne in the next wash!

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    Thanks. Excellent advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister Sal
    I was always told to either pre-wash fabric before quilting or not, but what you do to some, do it to all the fabric. I now am in a jam. I am making a black and white quilt for charity. I needed more solid black but I didn't pre-wash the other fabric and I'm afraid it might run. Would I be safe if I washed it with the color catcher and let it air dry?
    Shout Color Grabber (I bought mine at Walmart) solved that problem for me. I had a red, white and blue quilt and my cat threw up on it. It had never been washed. I threw 2 color grabber sheets into the cold water wash and praise be all my colors came out perfectly.

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    Thanks. I appreciate all the help I can get. Sister Sal

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