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Thread: Washing fabric

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    Member egagnon291's Avatar
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    Do you wash fabric before you use it? I have had several people tell me not to. I usually test a small piece if I think it will run, but otherwise I don't wash it before hand.

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    All the time.

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    I dont wash my fabrics first, unless I am using reds n whites together, which I only did once.

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    nope! Sometimes I will rinse and hang dry fabric that I am afraid will bleed light the HUGE ammounts of red and blue that are going next to the even larger amounts of white/cream! lol I like to post-shrink instead of pre-shrink!

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    I always wash fabric.

    I had a horrible experience with a designer's brown fabric. I used it in one of my Dear Jane blocks. I spilled my soda on the block and rushed to run it under COLD water. That fabric started to bleed and never stopped. I threw it into the washer and ran it over & over. Finally threw the 2 yard piece away. Thoroughly disgusted and have never bought that designers fabric again!

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    i only wash batiks. they are a bleeding mess in many of their colors. or if I think that it will bleed then i will but otherwise i don't.

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    I don't wash. Nice to know that Batiks bleed. I make several baby quilts and always warn the recipients that the quilts should be washed separately the first few times.

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    it depends on lots of things...if it's batik's, hand dyes, or any i think may bleed, i pre-wash; if it's flannel, homespuns, or a loose weave fabric, i pre-wash. if i absolutely do not want something to shrink, i pre-wash.
    if the fabrics are good- high quality, quilt shop fabrics and i am making a bed quilt i usually do not pre-wash; i wash the completed quilt after binding. which i always do, no matter what, even if the fabrics have been pre=washed i still wash the finished product.

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    I always wash my fabrics before I use them. Not only for sizing and making sure they won't bleed/fade or whatever, but also to wash away the chemicals used in manufacturing. Also, I think about all the "hands" that touched these fabrics before I bought them, washing them gets rid of any germs or dirt that may have got on it (can you tell I work in health care lol?). Washing them gives me a peace of mind and an easy feeling while working with them.
    Just my two cents.

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    I used to but now I don't, unless they're batiks or flannels, unless I'm making a rag quilt.

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