1. New to sewing Batiks

    by , 10-21-2012 at 05:46 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by kathyd View Post
    I'm getting ready to make a quilt with a lot of Batiks in it. I've never used Batiks before. Mostly I do reproduction fabrics, but this is one to be given to DSIL and my daughter picked the fabrics.
    Is there anything special I need to know?
    Do I need to pre-wash them first?
    Do they ravel more than regular cottons?
    If the picture attached these are the fabrics and the pattern is Summer Porch from Eleanor Burns.
    Any hints you can give will be appreciated.
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  2. When/How to Use Retayne and/or Synthrapol

    by , 10-21-2012 at 05:42 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post

    The directions for both say to use HOT water (140 degrees F., 60 degrees C)

    The instructions for Retayne suggest treating the fabric BEFORE cutting it.

    Retayne - soak fabrics for 20 minutes in hot water, then rinse

    Synthrapol - soak 10-12 minutes in hot water, then rinse.

    As far as I can tell from that info, they are NOT interchangeable.

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