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Thread: Disaster averted thanks to the board

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    OK, well maybe mini-disaster. I was recently asked to make twelve quilted placemats for a lady. She had the fabric and wanted me to get a red backing. After reading about Kiwiquilters problems with her backing bleeding, I decided I'd better check my red. And sure enough, after many, many rinsings and dryings it was still bleeding. So I went online and ordered Retayne. Voila! After treating the fabric with Retayne, it no longer bleeds. I don't think I would have thought to test the fabric except for reading the warnings on here. The lady's fabric had Holstein cows on it (black & white ones) and she would have ended up with pink and black cows!!

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    Glad you were able to Divert a real potential disaster. I swear by Retayne. It really does work.

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    does that mean the cows would have given strawberry milk? LOL sorry I'm feeling silly today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjk
    does that mean the cows would have given strawberry milk? LOL sorry I'm feeling silly today.
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    red is a very hard colour I was given some red face towels and they ran like mad couldn't wash them in anything other than red washing, fortunatly I wear a lot of red.

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    I just DISPOSED of about 2 yards of red fabric that bled and bled and bled. Fortunately I washed it alone, but each time it bled. Never thought of Retayne? and the garbage truck came 2 days ago. I'll get some and keep it on hand. That red was going into a Christmas lap robe that I know would have been washed often. I've always wondered why fabric I buy in the same place winds up being so different.

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    Would Retayne work on Batiks?

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    I have never heard of this product ..

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    my question to this is ... do you need to use the Retayne every time the material is washed? I have not used it and have no idea how it works. I have been fortunate in not having any fabric bleed.

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    I just googled it , it doesnt say once is enough or not..

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    I have not heard of this product either. Where is the best place to find Retayne?

    I am getting ready to make some red, green and white Christmas projects. I want to avoid a potential disaster as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    my question to this is ... do you need to use the Retayne every time the material is washed? I have not used it and have no idea how it works. I have been fortunate in not having any fabric bleed.
    No. You only use it once and you're good to go.

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    You can order it here or try your LQS.
    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1981-AA.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady
    Would Retayne work on Batiks?
    I think you're better off using Synthrapol for batiks.
    Check the Dharma Trading website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    my question to this is ... do you need to use the Retayne every time the material is washed? I have not used it and have no idea how it works. I have been fortunate in not having any fabric bleed.
    No. You only use it once and you're good to go.
    Thank you EasyPeezy... now I know how to use it if the need ever arises. :)

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    Retayne and Synthrapol do different things. Synthrapol washes out and captures excess dye and keeps it from depositing back on the fabric. Retayne helps to better "set" dye to the faric. I hand dye and use both: Syntrapol to get rid of the extra dye and Retayne to keep what did set on the fabric "attached" better. Batiks sometimes have extra dye that hasn't been fully washed out so Synthrapol might be better, but it won't "set" dye that has trouble attaching itself.

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    I use Retayne on batiks with gret sucess.

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    I just wish it was for sale here. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I just wish it was for sale here. Sigh.
    I just finished talking to the people at Dharma Trading. http://www.dharmatrading.com/index.html

    You can get Retayne shipped internationally to most countries. Check their shipping info link. They are really great people. They have the patience of a SAINT to answer all my questions.

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    The dye makers need to be introduced to this product! We would be very happy campers!!! :-)

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    I use Shout Color Catchers, purple is the color that bleeds the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NauDeeGal
    I have not heard of this product either. Where is the best place to find Retayne?

    I am getting ready to make some red, green and white Christmas projects. I want to avoid a potential disaster as well.
    I got mine off Ebay.

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    I especially use Retayne on Batiks ... Batiks is what got me started using Retayne.
    Synthropol is for use once a project is completed, and fabrics have not been treated with Retayne. Syntropol will not keep the fabrics from running/bleeding it justs suspends the released dye so it does not discolor the reamaining textiles. Note Syntropol is to be used in warm water, and the company recommneds once Synthropol has been used all subsiquent washes of treated must be washed in warm as well.
    Retayne works to lock in the dyes not just work with excess that is released. Once Fabric has been treated with Retayne , wash in cold water.

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    I also learn things everyday on this board. Glad it helped on your near-disaster. That would of been heart breaking.
    3 cheers for our board!

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    I have to get some Retayne! I have Synthropol. Thanks for explaining the difference here and in other posts!!!

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    Again I say.......thanks for this board. I have learned so much here.

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