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Thread: Washing fat quarters???

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    Junior Member Jennifer's Avatar
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    I have only bought a yard or two here and there for small projects. I received some fat quarters in the mail today for a turning twenty quilt I have in mind. Should I wash them first on gentle cycle or something? I afraid that they'll get all frayed and I'll loose half the quarter. All my other fabrics I just through in the machine prior to using them.

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    I agree with Joyce.
    I would just "rinse" them in the sink. That way, no worries on fraying.

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    I have never had a problem with washing mine. I wash almost everything before I use it. Depending on the material I have only had a problem with a few that get all that stringy stuff but after cutting that off and pressing them again everything was fine.
    Just my two cents worth!
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    When I do wash fabric I put the pinking blade in the cutter and pink everything except the selvage. No fraying problems and you don't lose much fabric when you square it up with a regular cutter blade.

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    I also pink the raw edges and wash and dry them in a laundry bag. Don't seem to have much fraying.

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    Thank you all for the fast replies. I have a pinking blade in the mail somewhere. It should be here soon and I will go from there. Thanks

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    I wash all my fat quarters in the machine. The edges do fray, but only by a quarter-inch or so. The biggest problem is untangling and trimming all the frayed bits when I do many at once. One of these days I'll get a mesh bag to wash my FQs in!



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    Ooooh, pretty fabrics ai731! Any special plans for those?

    I really don't mind untagling fabrics, unless I'm rushed for time. I'm big into puzzles and such so I think that's why I don't mind.

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    My machine has a hand washable cycle only agitates like every 45 seconds or so for like 5 seconds. I use it when I wash fabric and haven't had a single mess, had a few frays but no big ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kj05
    Ooooh, pretty fabrics ai731! Any special plans for those?
    Yup :) I'm almost finished sewing the binding on the lap quilt / throw quilt I made from these FQs (they are from the Amy Butler Daisy Chain line). I'll post a picture of it, hopefully this evening!

    Jan

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