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Thread: Do you always iron your fabric before you cut it?

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    Super Member Lockeb's Avatar
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    But, I don't wash prior to use....

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    I wash and hang outside on the line. I usually don't have to iron. I will if it needs it, sometimes on the folds. I usually don't have a problem with the cuts not being square or perfect.

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    I always starch the snot out of my fabric before cutting. Lot the crisp feel when sewing.

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    Thanks for all the advise. Guess I'd better not cut corners.. I'll be ironing like crazy for all 9 fabrics i guess.. I do want my quilt to look great! It's for Mom! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I always iron/press before cutting.

    I don't use starch or sizing.

    Even if I ironed/pressed it when I put it away. After washing the fabric.

    Hate to fight with those creases.
    Ditto, same here. Steam pressing straightens out the fabric fibrers, not just the wrinkles. Makes for much more accurate cutting and less squaring up later on.

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    I always wash and iron. I haven't used starch but I think I should try it.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Starching/sizing the fabric before cutting is helpful if working with pieces that have a lot of bias edges. Seems to minimize stretching and fraying,

    But I don't usually remember to do that.


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    I always press my fabric, but haven't used starch unless I was working with bias pieces. I think I will use more starch!

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    No I rarely iron, and sometimes I regret it. Once in a while, I really need to though.

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    Yes, I always Iron before cutting. I don't usually prewash.

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    I usually don't wash my fabric first so I don't iron it.

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    I don't prewash and iron according to wrinkle factor but I will probably start ironing first after reading this.

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    I rarely wash first, I really like the way the quilts look after piecing, quilting, and then washing. But I ALWAYS iron and starch, iron and starch before cutting and piecing. It is much smoother to cut and to sew.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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    Yes, I wash and iron them all. I don't mind doing it, but regret not having a larger ironing surface. That's high on my "Things I need to get or make" list.

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    I iron. and ususally since I dont get to cut everything all at once, I end up ironing as i cut...You know, iron then cut one "complimentary" fabric at a time or something. Needless to say, I usually am really slow about making things but....when i have all day, i really get to getting!!! Wish I could have more "all day" days but, we gots to pay the bills, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diogirl
    Thanks for all the advise. Guess I'd better not cut corners.. I'll be ironing like crazy for all 9 fabrics i guess.. I do want my quilt to look great! It's for Mom! :D
    When I have lots of fabrics to iron I set my ironing board up in front of the T.V., then I just watch a movie or some favorite shows that I've saved on the DVR. I wash and iron all of my fabrics before they can enter my sewing room :mrgreen:

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    I always iron before cutting. I am working on a quilt now that has 22 different fabrics in all the blocks Except for the background, I didn't have much to iron as it was two small pieces. If it is 1-2 yards I usually iron the whole piece. If it is a large piece, I iron some beyond what I need. Usually I iron one piece of fabric at a time, cut what I need, then get the next fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kd124
    I always iron before cutting. I am working on a quilt now that has 22 different fabrics in all the blocks Except for the background, I didn't have much to iron as it was two small pieces. If it is 1-2 yards I usually iron the whole piece. If it is a large piece, I iron some beyond what I need. Usually I iron one piece of fabric at a time, cut what I need, then get the next fabric.
    Makes sense

    To me, not ironing the fabric before cutting it would be like putting the dishes away without washing them.

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    I never wash but do iron all my fabrics - before cutting and throughout the piecing process - my daughter always tells me I iron too much, but I think there's no such thing :)
    I only starch when I'm going to be cutting small pieces but rarely when I'm making blocks out of larger pieces.

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    I use Mary Ellen's Best Press - it gives the fabric body and gets out those awful wrinkles. Plus, it smells great!

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    I don't iron. I press each and every piece. Absolutely!

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    When I have large pieces, I usually cut them down to manageable sizes and then I iron. The fabric just handles better and you don't get off cuts due to wrinkles.

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    I always wash, starch (heavily) and iron ALL the fabric. It is easier to match points for me when the fabric is starched and ironed. I also iron seams after I have sewn them.

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    starch and iron until very stiff. the pieces cut so clean and boy do they piece together fabulously.

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    Always iron all before starting.

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