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Thread: starch unwashed fabric?

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    Yes, that's a very good idea for the HSTs.

    If all else fails, vinegar is supposed to take out those blue marker lines when they seem to be permanently set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna Fritz
    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    I only done a OBW without washing first and you aren't supposed to starch or wash those first.
    *What is an OBW?*

    I always wash. You may be tight on yardage, but why not add another color (complementary color - something from color wheel etc?) After you sew unwashed fabric you have 3 issues:
    1. The sizing on unwashed fabric dulls your rotary blade.
    2. When you wash after piecing, dyes may run.
    3. When you wash after piecing, fabric may shrink unevenly- puckered or stretched seams possible.
    4. Sizing can cause some rash on hands to some. If you give the quilt - baby for example, if you have not washed the fabrics and the new quilt owner doesn't either, the new owner can suffer rash issues - especially kids.

    It only takes one quilt with hours of your time to have #2 & #3 above happen - what a nightmare. Nothing worse than having some shrink a little and some a lot - all in the same quilt. Yuck.
    Oops! I never answered your question. An OBW is the One Block Wonder quilt and is sort of like a stack n whack kaliedescope except not. And I am a little worried about uneven shrinkage, but I will quilt it pretty close, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I don't prewash and I starch my fabric till it stands on its own. lol ok not THAT bad but it is pretty freakin stiff!
    Me, too! I like to sew fabric that is pretty much like manilla folders!
    That 's the way I like to work with fabrics. Its amazing the difference it can make.

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