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Thread: Pre-washing using a front load machine

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    Senior Member DirtyPaw's Avatar
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    Can I use a front load machine to pre-wash fabric separately then dry and iron?

    Thanks for the advice in advance.

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    I do. I serge the cut edges of my fabric first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    I do. I serge the cut edges of my fabric first.
    Could I just run a seam since I do not have a serger? That is a good point by the way that I had not considered.

    Thanks

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    Zig-zag would probably be better than straight. I have used pinking shears occasionally if I didn't have many yards to do.

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    I prewash all of my fabric and have a front loader. I already had a front loader when I started quilting and no one told me that front versus top was a condideration so have never done anything prior to washing. I just throw it in and wash.

    Now, I do admit that there is some thread tangling and trimming to be done before I dry it but I don't find that I lose anything significant.

    Tara

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    I always put fabric in a laundry bag or pillow case. Keep fabric from raveling so much. I have front loader, I like it better than top loader.

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    I have a front loader and haven't noticed anything different when washing compared to a top loader. Just remember to use very little detergent.

    I also prewash my warm and natural before using. Some say to use the bathtub method but no need to do it that way with a front loader! Much easier!

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    I clip the corners off on each end, seems to help a bit

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    My front loader has a hand wash cycle. It's very gentle on the fabrics and I don't have to do a thing to the edges to stop fraying. Some will of course, but so minimally it isn't a problem at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneG
    My front loader has a hand wash cycle. It's very gentle on the fabrics and I don't have to do a thing to the edges to stop fraying. Some will of course, but so minimally it isn't a problem at all.
    I also use the handwash or delicate cycle. I don't use soap, but there is a little bit of fraying.

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