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Thread: Washing Machines and Fraying

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    Washing Machines and Fraying

    As I just posted in another thread, I used to have a traditional top-loader with agitator, and I didn't prewash because it destroyed too much of the fabric. My current machine is a front-loader and most fabric only frays a tiny bit. What is everyoneís experience with washing machine types or even brands and how much the fabric frays when itís washed? Iím wondering if my experience is characteristic of the machine types or if thereís some other factor.

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    Don't know. Haven't pre-washed any fabric in 50 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popover View Post
    Don't know. Haven't pre-washed any fabric in 50 years.
    me either, but if I were to, I would use the gentle cycle, or whatever the machine you have states as the least agitating.....not wanting to beat the "new" fabric to smithereens!

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    I always pre wash my fabric yardage. I have a top load and wash the fabrics on normal cycle and warm water. If I fear bleeding fabrics I use a cup of Epsom salt. Used to have a front load washer and did the same. Yes there wouldbe some raveling but not bad. As far as brands so IMHO DO NOT BUY SAMSUNG! I've had my set for less than a year, dryer replaced twice and washer once. They are now making the same sounds as the others. Guess I'm shooting for a new set yet again!
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    My experience is the same as yours. My top loader was murder on fabrics, but I can throw all my yardage in my new front loader and get just a few threads here and there. As advertised, front loaders are much more gentle because there is no agitator.
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    I always pre-wash my fabrics. But first, I serge the cut edges and never have a problem with fraying. Also, if I don't sew it right away, I know if it's serged, that it has already been washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt View Post
    I always pre wash my fabric yardage. I have a top load and wash the fabrics on normal cycle and warm water. If I fear bleeding fabrics I use a cup of Epsom salt. Used to have a front load washer and did the same. Yes there wouldbe some raveling but not bad. As far as brands so IMHO DO NOT BUY SAMSUNG! I've had my set for less than a year, dryer replaced twice and washer once. They are now making the same sounds as the others. Guess I'm shooting for a new set yet again!
    So sad....I love my fisher paykel....over 20 yrs old.....bought it when the kids were in sports and I was doing 3 loads every day. It spins so fast, it throws all the water out, and my dryer cycle went from 1 hr 15 min to 35 min (that is for jeans and towel cycles too). If it died, I would get another one.

    https://www.fisherpaykel.com/us/laun...-machines.html

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    I think the amount of fraying is more a function of the fabric than of the washer. I pre-wash everything, and I bought a new top loader to get rid of the front loader that came with this house. (I want to be the one controlling how much water I use - that's not the washer's job IMHO.) I don't see much fraying, and I don't do any preparation of the fabric before it goes in the washer. The small amount of fraying I do have is easily cut off.

    If you think your washer destroys fabric, why would you put your clothing in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    So sad....I love my fisher paykel....over 20 yrs old.....bought it when the kids were in sports and I was doing 3 loads every day. It spins so fast, it throws all the water out, and my dryer cycle went from 1 hr 15 min to 35 min (that is for jeans and towel cycles too). If it died, I would get another one.

    https://www.fisherpaykel.com/us/laun...-machines.html

    I have never, ever heard of this brand...and when clicked on link - cannot be found.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I have never, ever heard of this brand...and when clicked on link - cannot be found.......
    The link worked for me...
    http://www.craftsy.com/user/333534/pattern-store?
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
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