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Thread: Setting the color

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    Question Setting the color

    Friend at work gave at 5 yds of fab that was her mom's. Color is blue turquoise (sp). Washed it three times and still bleeding. Is there a prodeuct that will set the color?
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    Yes, wash with Retayne . I would also (to be on the safe side) not use it with white but a darker blue?

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    Yes use the Retayne as mentioned earlier. Just a note .. be careful to use water that is at least 140 degrees as noted on the bottle.

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    Setting the COlor

    Yes, there is. I had some red I was using as sashing on a quilt. It bled again and again. I tried lots of things. I finally found a website for "Rit". I ordered the "Rit" Dyesetter. It cost more to have it shipped than the product itself. However, I would gladly have paid twice the price. Try this test. Take a small strip (1" wide x 3-4") and soak it in a glass of warm water for 10 minutes. If your color is going to bleed, you can tell by taking an all white piece of paper towel and putting it in the same glass of water. If the fabric is going to bleed, you can see it in the paper towel. 'Could save you washing all the fabric! In my quilt I had red embroidery on a white background with red sashing. If the red had bled over onto the white, the piece would have been ruined!


    By the way, I tested the fabric after I used the product, as well, and it did not bleed.

    Jeanette Frantz
    Last edited by Jeanette Frantz; 05-25-2012 at 12:23 PM. Reason: Additional thoughts.

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    Not so much a product as a process.

    1.Use very, very hot water, and plenty of it.
    2.Add Synthrapol.
    3.Soak the fabric at least 12 hours.

    For very detailed info on how this works and pictures of examples, see Vicki Welsh's blog about hand-dyeing her own fabrics and how she SETS THE DYES PERMANENTLY here:

    http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_...ness-post.html

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    a cheap fix u can try is hot rinse water with white vinegar. it may not work, but that is how the old time dyers set their dyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    a cheap fix u can try is hot rinse water with white vinegar. it may not work, but that is how the old time dyers set their dyes.
    The old time dyers were using organic dyes and vinegar worked. New fangled dyers use chemical dyes and vinegar has no effect.

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