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    I'll be heading over to Walmart today to compare it to the original just to see if I'm blowing it out of proportion.. maybe the loss wasn't *that* bad but man it was a river of red that ran from it and a lot of hand washing under running water before it looked like it was done doing its thing...

    I'm going to also go to a different Hancocks and a Hobby Lobby today to see if I can find a replacement for it....
    I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

    And yeah, the evil empire is Walmart lol. Everyone seems to complain about their fabric so I had to make a giggle out of it. Usually I call it Wallyworld (Family Vacation, sorry folks, Wallyworld is closed), but in this case, the Evil Empire sounded funnier to me ;)

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    Yarn I hope it works out for you. When you find your new treasure take a pic before you wash it and show us?
    I have always called them Wally world... lol
    In this case I think it's a fitting name. ;)
    :lol:
    Good luck :D

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    Walmart is usually pretty good about returing stuff. Especially if you have your receipt.

    I've returned fabric there before because it didn't match what I needed it fot when I got home, so they should for sure do it with something like that!

    They will take it back to the fabric Dept. and measure it to make sure its still the same size you paid for. If its not, then they will only refund how much you have with you. For example, if you paid for 3 yards but only returned 2 you will only get the money back for 2.

    I've sent you a pm, also.

    Good luck!

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    Have you tried using Dye Grabber? I use this on every
    type of material I pre wash and have never had a problem.
    You can buy this at Hancocks. It works with any water
    temperature setting. It does change colors after using it
    in the washer. But the peace of mind of not having a
    material bleed out on you is wonderful. Just a new person
    on this quilting board. Thanks for all the wonderful
    message posted each day. I really enjoy all the neat
    information. Betty Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I use Retayne when i prewash my batiks. It helps set the dye.
    I also use retayne. It works very well. I use color catchers, too, and they work like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I always wash mine with a Color Catcher...but must say, I rarely see much bleeding. I do tend to get the better brands of batiks though.

    I'd rewash it with a color catcher and see how it does.
    DITTO!!

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    I use Retayne with commercial fabrics and Synthrapol with hand-dyes and
    have never had a problem. I didn't want to spend the money but I learned
    to quilt watching Alex Anderson's show "Simply Quilts" and when she admitted
    that she had a fabric run and ruin one of her quilts, I bought a few bottles of each.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    I've not heard of a batik running that bad. Batiks should be dyed, boiled, washed, rinsed and the like quite a bit BEFORE they make to the public. Wax is used as a resist for the dye and that is how you get the wonderful patterns in the batik. Then the fabric should be washed in nearly boiling water to remove all the wax before they wind it on bolts and sell to the public.

    You have a fabric that was not properly manufactured. You need to return that fabric to the store! Even if you don't get your money back, they should exchange it. They should then return their bolt to their supplier.

    But, you can also use Epsom Salt to set dye in fabrics. It works great and much cheaper and readily available.
    I am in a block of the month with a batik so I will be washing in the kitchen sink, how much epson salt should I put in the water. This is my first try at using batik. thank you Gail

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    I decided to just keep it and use it for the backing to the runners. I compared it to the original and it was quite a bit lighter but not as bad as I originally thought but most of the lighter purple areas in my washed fabric is now periwinkle if that makes sense. I considered taking it back but for what I paid for it I might as well just use it for the backing.... but then maybe I should just not risk it and take it back the next time I go in. I would be horrified if it wasn't done doing its thing.... I didn't have enough time today to go through the customer service lines even if I had decided to return it while I was there. I'm sure I'll be back over there in the next week... I'll return it and get a purple calico or something to use for the backing. I did find some great material at Hobby Lobby when I went out so I'll be washing that today and adding that to the fabric lineup...

    I will honestly say that I have never ever seen fabric bleed like that before though. It was just horrifying. I had it in the sink with warm water running over it and all you had to do was squish it and red ran freely. Hmmm. Maybe I will just take it back. I suppose it is better to be safe than sorry....

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    I can remember maybe three or four fabrics that did that for me.

    They were not batiks.

    One was a blue - I had ten yards of it to begin with - and it had shrunk to about nine yards when I returned it. The store people were not particularly pleasant about it.

    One was a turquoise - it wasn't quite "done" when I decided to use it, but the front was dark enough so it wouldn't afflict it.

    One was an orange -

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    I returned it to the store. She didn't say anything but kind of had a look in her eye like I can't believe you are returning this.....

    I feel okay with it - I'm glad that I won't have to worry about it bleeding ever again!

    I also found some other great fabrics to use instead of that one and a friend of mine gave me some purple similar to one that I had run out of so I am set for this project :)

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    be sure to dunk them first 8-) :XD:

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