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

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    What if you have 9 or more different fabrics you are working with? Do you iron them all first? or just cut them without ironing them? This is the first time i've worked with so many fabrics, I'm debating on doing all that ironing.... What's your opinion?

    Thanks!

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    I don't unless it is wrinkled bad.

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    How can you assure an accurate cut if you don't iron first? Ironing is not one of my favorite things, but I accepted long ago, that the more ironing I do, the more accurate my blocks are (and less ripping)

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    I wash my fabric first so I have to iron! I also like my fabric REALLY stiff when I piece.

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    I always starch and iron.

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    Ditto, only way I can make clean cuts.

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    Iron and Starch the bejeezers out of them. After cutting, they piece beautifully with added body to them.

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    I only iron if it's wrinkled, or I can't get a good clean edge on it.
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    I iron and starch it into cardboard. It's the only way I can find to get good cuts.

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    I wash, iron and starch...it really is necessary for total accuracy.

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    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.




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    I try to starch my fabrics I'll be using at least 3 hours ahead of when I'll need, then iron.

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    I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who irons & starches her fabric before cutting it.

    I also iron through the piecing process - it helps with the seams. :)

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    I ALWAYS iron. I only starch though if I have stubborn creases...which seems a lot recently. Its too hard to cut evenly if you dont and then no matter how perfectly you sew your seams the blocks still wont match up. Too frustrating not to. Hope that helps.

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    I alway's wash (no softener), iron (starch or water), block the fabric (so no unevenness), fold so fits nicely into drawer until needed. That way, I know all fabric is washed and if I have to iron again before using, I figure I am just getting my iron warmed up for ironing seams. Only takes a moment.

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    I don't unless it is really wrinkled. I cut my strip first. I iron my strip before I cut the final pieces.

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    I wash all my fabric before it is put away, so naturally it needs to be ironed. I never starch and sometimes it needs some pressing again when I go to use it. Marge

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    I always press my fabric before cutting. Quite often, I only press enough to get the cuts I need. If I have a yard of fabric and am only going to cut a 3" strip, I'll only press about 6" of the fabric on the edge that I'm going to cut.

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    Iron first.

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    I wash, and iron fabric as I bring it home and before I store it. When I'm ready to use it, I starch and iron before I begin cutting.

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    Wall hangings - I do not wash fabric, but will use sizing to eliminate any wrinkles. Quilts - always wash and iron fabric before cutting.

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    I always wash/iron fabric before cutting. :)

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    I also wash and iron as soon as I get my fabric home, even FQ's...even if not using them right away. That way my fabric is ready when I want to use it. As wvdek says, you have to warm up the iron for seams anyway. ;)

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    I iron and starch heavily. I like my fabric very crisp before I cut or sew it. Once the quilt is done I wash it to make it soft again. I found that Niagara spray starch will not flake on fabric. I can only find it at General Dollar Stores here. No other store carries it, not even the local grocery stores. :shock:

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    I always iron and steam/press......

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