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Thread: Shocking results from washing black fabric

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    I went to a quilt fabric sale while back put on by group of quilters in Fountain Valley, CA it was outdoors and we had rain believe it or not so the ladies decided to sell fabric by the piece instead of cutting and that when I bought about 2 yds of black but didn't wash it until this week with other dark prints. It wasn't until I took them out of the dryer that I saw the black all shredded to my horror and it left some thing on the other fabrics I had included in the wash. I tried removing the black what ever with masking tape the best I could and it took for ever. I have never experienced fabric shredding like that before. Do you think it was old? It felt sturdy I just never even gave it a thought. Definitely very week after going thru the machine.

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    Sounds like it was really old to me. Sorry you had to go thru that. What a mess and waste of money :(

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    :cry: :cry:

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    yep it sounds like it was very old.

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    The only thing I can think of was that it had to have been really old. I am surprised that it did not shred in the wash.Too bad.

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    I had some cheap stuff do that to me. That is why I always prewash because I hadn't and used it for a back of a quilt and it shredded.

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    Sorry it shredded but so glad you hadn't used it already.

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    Sounds to me like it may actually have been a fiberglass fabric that looked like cotton. I had this experience many years ago and those little fibers are actually bits of fiberglass. I remember that even the next few loads of wash had some in it. If the clothes are worn, they will be quite itchy against the skin. Another problem can be that some small fibers can become airborne and be inadvertently breathed in. That is why they have special people now to remove old fiberglass insulation and wear protective clothing, breathing aparatus and have a contained removal system.

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    I am glad you caught it before sewing!

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    Gosh I sure hope it wasn't fiberglass. It just felt like Kona fabric.

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    Agree, either old or perhaps not cotton. I've only seen one fabric shred, my late husband thought he was doing me a favor and washed curtains. I don't remember what fabric they WERE but they were NOT curtains when they came out of the wash!! They were "lint".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeyes
    Gosh I sure hope it wasn't fiberglass. It just felt like Kona fabric.
    Just in case it was fiberglass fabric, be sure and wash the other fabric you threw in with it again. Any fiberglass left behind will wash out in a second wash. I've had that experience too.

    I live in Los Alamitos, I had a table and was selling at that sale. I wonder if that was a dry clean only fabric and the agitation literally separated the fibers?

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    I have never heard of this. Argh.

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    Thanks I will try and remember which ones I put in that load.
    By the way I too live in your neighborhood Rosmoor.

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    If you still have any of it - try a burn test. Hope it ashes up nicely.

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    I'm not glad that the fabric shredded - but I am glad that you hadn't used it for anything.

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    not necessarily OLD>.just dry rotted from being stored wrong!
    I have fabric that is nearly 80 years old and it is fine...no dry rot or anything...but it has been stored properly.

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    I, also was given some nice feeling black fabric. cut and made sashings for some pillow panels. When I pressed and handled them the sashings all separated at the seamline. I guessed that it was theatrical tear-away fabric used in skits and such productions. Just a guess, not an expert in theatrical things!

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    Double post.

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    This fabric sounds like Viscose to me. This man made product is extremely soft, beautiful and feels like cotton. It will shred or create huge hole when washed on a regular wash cycle.
    It has to be hand washed or dry cleaned.

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    Unfortunately I threw it all in the trash and it was picked up already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeyes
    Unfortunately I threw it all in the trash and it was picked up already.
    Have you cleaned out the lint trap in the dryer?

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    What a mess! So happy you pre-wash!

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    Wow! I learned something today, did not know this existed.

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    Better you found out now. If you had used it in a quilt, that would be really sad.

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