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    backing fabric

    I'm feeling a little bit frustrated with the fabric I just received; it is a wide backing for my t shirt quilt and I've washed it and now started pressing it and have discovered it has a fold line all the way down it. Looks like a chalk line except it's not going to come out. Only thing I know to do is go ahead and cut it down the middle and stitch it back up. Kinda beats the purpose but about the only thing I can do as I need to use it. Bummers.

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    Can you contact the seller. Maybe they didn't know this when they sent it out & will make good on a new piece. It never hurts to try & ask.

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    Is it something that when quilted will disappear? Although I do agree that you should contact the company.
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    lt sounds like it was folded like that for a long, long time. faded maybe. and if you want to sew it, don't bother cutting, just fold it with right sides together, press and sew. then it will be good again.
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    It sounds like a fade line along the fold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    Can you contact the seller. Maybe they didn't know this when they sent it out & will make good on a new piece. It never hurts to try & ask.
    I would definitely contact the seller
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    All fabric has a fold line and I find mine disappear making the backing good enough to quilt when I use Best Press on it.

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    Sometimes fabric will fade on a fold line - pressing - in my experience, anyway - does not usually remove a fade mark.

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    I think it is just faded and I did contact the seller. Thank you Nativetexan, that is a great idea, never thought of doing that.

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    I've had that problem, too. I like to do "I spy" swaps, and always wash those, as my main group requires washed fabric. Most all the fabrics are bright or dark in color.

    My experience has been that it's the way it's washed. Since I started to totally unfold the fabric and fluff it up before washing, I've not had that problem. (I don't believe I've ever found that line previous to washing.)

    Of course, not all fabric does it, but I find that it's worth the effort.

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    I have had good luck using wrinkle release on fold lines to remove them. If faded then I expect the seller to make it good.
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    I agree with contacting the seller for sure. Is the fold line where maybe it was exposed to the sun? Sorry to hear this-as you say-it wasn't worth getting the wide backing if you have to cut and sew back up!!

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    Your question doesn't quite clarify whether this is a fold or a line of fading; thus the mixed responses. I hope that seller makes good on this for you. It isn't going to get better with time if it's faded. If they have a rule, "no returns after washing", at least you have provided a heads up for the rest of us to pay attention to this possibility.

    I thought of another idea to deal with it: If you have decorative stitches on your machine, perhaps the line would provide an interesting background to highlight a special stitch and turn it into a feature rather than a flaw. That way you wouldn't have to make a seam. I'd do this before sandwiching - not so it would show on the front of the quilt. It would work along a fold or a faded line, either of which would provide an easy guide for your sewing.
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    I , too, hope the seller sends you a new piece to work with so your backing can be done the simplest way. Whether a permanent crease or a fade line, you shouldn't have to accept it for full price unless it was advertised or pictured with that flaw.

    I like the suggestion of sewing over with a decorative stitch before sandwiching. I also like the idea of folding it instead of cutting, and then just stitch a seam and cut off the excess. Another remedy (requiring more work but visual interest) would be to cut out a strip with the flaw and sew in a coordinating fabric. I often do this because I like pieced backs or my backs have been too small to start with. I haven't had to do it as a result of a poor piece of fabric.

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    Sounds like a fade line...been there done that...contact seller and return.

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