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Thread: Batik

  1. #26

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    Nov 2006
    Central California
    I have never tried to set the dye with vinegar but when I first started sewing with batiks I used salt to set the dyes. I had to do it over and over again to get the rinse water to run clear. When I use Retayne I only have to treat the fabric once.


  2. #27
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    Aug 2007
    I hand wash the fabrics now to get the sizing out, then rinse and wash again in a vinegar water mix, rinse it again, put it though the salad spinner and then heat set in the dryer. I notice the dark and red colors are the most susceptible to bleeding, though have started the process with every bit of fabric. I note also that there is a heck of a lot less fraying when done by hand.

    Picked up a couple more yards this morning to practice the paper piecing with. I want to see how batik will hold up against regular cottons when done this way, though imagine there will be little problem on that score.

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