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Thread: Before cutting fabric

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    Before cutting fabric

    I soak and wash -

    but at the very minimum - unfold it and check for:

    printing errors

    grain lines - see if it has been pulled out of line

    holes, tears - occasionally a "good" piece of fabric has them - I just ironed a piece that had small squares punched out at regular intervals - I never noticed them until I was refolding the fabric

    fade line along the fold -

    slubs -

    I usually find/notice these things when ironing the back/wrong side of the fabric. They seem more noticeable from the back - except for the fade line along a fold.

    I have found these problems even with/from LQS fabric.

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    ​Bearisgray, do you look for these flaws before soaking and washing? Even if I found these things after I washed and ironed I'd either take it back or call the shop.
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    I "should" look for these things before I wash them. I usually don't - and find them later after washing them.

    The reasons for this post: II have purchased fabric or have cut out things before "inspecting" the fabric and then found glitches while pressing or sewing.

    Examples:

    I had cut out a pillowcase - the previous five were "fine" - but this one had a printing error right smack dab in the middle of it.

    A fabric on sale was marked down - I did not unfold it - but it did have a fade line at the crease. (Those do not press out!)

    A fabric had a cut at the fold line - probably caused while the shipment was being opened or the plastic wrapper being removed from the bolt.

    Once in a while there is a stain - looks like oil or something.

    I don't always get around to washing or ironing "right away" - so I probably don't take the item back right away.

    If I still have the sales slip and this happened within a month or two after purchasing the item, I will probably fuss about it.

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    Thanks for the reminder. I typically don't check the fabric. It is ruler folded and stored on a closet shelf so it does get some handling before cutting. So far, no issues with any of them as you have mentioned.

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    I haven't had any of those problems.
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    I look while it's being cut but that's about all.
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    I am with Jingle. I never had these problems.
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    I guess I’ve been lucky so far not to have had any of those experiences but I will certainly keep my eyes open when I go to purchase new fabric.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I have found small areas on some of my most expensive fabrics but was able to cut around them. I always check and if I found a bad one would take it back even though I always wash my fabric first.

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