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Old 04-27-2012, 10:39 PM
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What do you do to your black fabric so it won't fade. I've made several items and the black always lightens after a couple of washings. Is there a brand that is better than others? Thanks
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:04 AM
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keep it out of the sun- wash in cold water with gentle detergent-
just like all fabrics---not all blacks are created the same-
i have had good luck with Kona Black; Benartex has a nice stable true dark black- the thin- already kind of lighter color blacks found at places like Joanne's tend to fade the fastest...and you never know what color they will fade to- some turn brown, some a shade of gray...some more reddish- depends on the (formula) used to achieve the black in the first place
but sunlight, warm/hot water & strong detergent will all fade blacks- and other dark colors
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:05 AM
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Eclipse by Blank Quilting is a true black. Put it next to Kona black and Kona reads grey next to it. I have both in my stash. I use Eclipse.

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Old 04-28-2012, 10:18 AM
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I used retayne on my black before cutting for a quilt. It did not look like it faded after finishing and washing quilt. Nothing came out onto color catchers.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:21 AM
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One note on using Retayne ... its great for stopping running and bleeding... but it does make the fabric more sensative to fading in sunlight than untreated.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:51 AM
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Michael Miller black is a wonderful, inky, jet black.

The down side - it shrank over two inches in width when I soaked it in hot water - but it's still a lovely, black black. Maybe a bit on the coarse side, but it feels nicer to me after it's been shrunk.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:58 AM
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Thanks everyone
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:05 PM
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I like Kona black. Also seems to be a true black color.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:58 AM
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Keepsake quilting carries one called Amish black, I have used it for years. I have never had a problem with it, I love the feel of it, washes beautifully. I use it in my quilting and also as linings for my crazy quilted vests
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