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Thread: Prewashing large cuts of fabric?

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    Prewashing large cuts of fabric?

    I know I read a thread about this before but have not been able to find it. I am about to start a couple large sized quilts and the fabric is all over 3 yards of each piece. How do you wash these to stop the twisting and knotting? I have washed up to 3 yards but I always end up with strings that bind around the center of fabric. Any tips would be appreciated!

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    One thing would be to cut the large piece in half and finish the edges (serge or pink the cut edges)
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    I've washed larger pieces and not had this problem to any great account.
    If so, then just cut the strings and it'll soon be apart ... and toss in the dryer.

    I wouldn't cut the pieces down, to avoid wastage.
    If you do, make sure you don't need the length in a continuous piece. eg. borders.
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    If you zig zag or serge the ends of the material, they won't ravel, so there's no strings to get tangled. Then they wash just like sheets.

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    Some people accordion-fold the yardage and pin the edges together.

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    I have accordion folded and pinned across the top (safety pins) and made sure the cut edges are folded inside. I have had good luck with that.

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    Try a gentle cycle if you have a top loader that tangles your clothes. All the fabric really needs is soap and water, not necessarily strong agitation.

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    My DH zigzags the edges for me so they don't fray. I always wash my fabrics before using them. I have no problems with 3 plus yards of fabric. Whatever you try, I hope it turns out well.

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    I zigzag edges also and have not had a problem with large pieces.

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    I have pinked the edges with good success.
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