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Thread: Batiks Need to be prewashed

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    Super Member JanetM's Avatar
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    Here are some illustrative pictures that show the amount of excess dye that is in some batiks. I always prewash everything to be sure I won't have any surprises.
    Most of the batiks I have purchased did not bleed as much as these two did, but you never know unless you dip them in hot water.
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    Thank you for the great pictures!!! This is so true with them and other hand dyes :D:D:D

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    :thumbup: good to know!

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    I agree with prewashing ALL of my fabrics before I sew with them. You just never know what may be lurking within .....

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    YIKES!!!!! I never realized!! :shock: Thanks for the pics!

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    I always wash mine with a dye grabber. They'll turn it from white to dark in a heartbeat. Tiedyes are the same way usually and hand dyes are hemophiliacs. I also like to use a handful (or two) of table salt and some white vinegar. It will usually set the dye better than it was.

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    I wash all fabrics, too....but batiks are usually the only ones that turn the color catchers colors!

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    WOW That is amazing. I usually prewash 1" strip and test for
    bleeding.

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    thanks for sharing

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    I have continued to soak and wash these two particular batiks. They are continuing to release dye, so I am concerned about using them. I bought them on-line so I have contacted the website about returning them. :cry:

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