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Thread: Do you preshrink your batting?

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    I haven't used the cotton batting much But do like the 80/20. I spray it with a water bottle and put it in the dryer for a very short period of time. But I do it to get the wrinkles out. I don't have room for one to lay out over night. Besides too impatient. I guess it shrinks it a little.

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    Never. I only imagine the pain of having all that batting stinking wet in my tub and then having to wait for hours for it to dry. UGH

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    I never have, but may try a small piece to see what happens.

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    seems like a lot of extra work which myself being a lazy quilter do not want

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    I have not shrunk W&N because it only shrinks 3% and gives the quilt a little puffy look when washed. I did wash the Hobbs Heirloom Premium though because it said it would shrink about 5% and I thought that was too much for the projects I wanted to use it for. I wet it in the washer and dried it in the drier and it turned out just fine.

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    I spray with water till damp. Roll it up and wait a few hours. Then tumble dry. Figure it probably shrinks somewhat but I don't know if it shrinks the entire 3% as claimed on the label.

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    I never do. I love the look of the quilt when it shrinks.

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    No,never

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    The only time i washed my batting was when i got a huge smudge of dirt on it, from it being on the ground

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    I like the scrunched look of an older quilt, so I wouldn't preshrink either batting or fabric.

    However, I have a sister who uses 100% wool batting (her grandkids live in Alaska) ..I don't believe she has ever pre-shrunk, but then I'm not sure that she realizes that wool batting will shrink badly if washed. If I were to use wool batt, I surely would preshrink. It has occurred to me that I really should mention that to her, but she may know it.

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    I have never tried it, but I am always open to learning anything that would make my quilting life easier.

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    Never.. I wait until the quilt is done, then wash the whole thing.
    But then, I seldom prewash my fabrics either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyer804
    I just read a blog that recommended preshrinking batting before using if it is not polyester. I hadn't really thought about the batting shrinking! Do most of you preshrink the batting before you make you quilts?
    I would never have thought to do that! I just take it out of the bag and use it.

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    I don't pre-shrink batting. I like how it scrunches up the top when it is washed. I like the crinkly look. I find it also helps hide a multitude of "quilting" sins when it is crinkled up. :)

    I do try to spread it out and let it rest to get some of the creases out if it is from a bag.

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    no one i know does that
    whats the point?

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    I sometimes pre-wash my wool batting just because it shrinks so much. I have actually had to wash it because it of smoke from my pellet stove getting into my closet up stairs where I stored it...it was black and it was supposed to be white. I washed it on gentle and put it in a warm dryer for about 15 minutes. Came out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QazyQltr
    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    I almost always use Warm and Natural and have never pre-shunk it. I also have never had a problem with it after washing a quilt.
    Same here :-)
    Ditto! :-)

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    no

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    No didn't think I had to.

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    I buy my batting by the roll from Linda's electric quilt.com and no I don't pre wash and don't intend to, I've never had a problem even with the packaged type I get from HObby lobby and Michaels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Prewashing and shrinking Warm and Natural sort of defeats the purpose of using it. It's mainly for that antique look. Other batts will give you a flatter, quilt appearance.
    I agree. I pre-wash all my fabric, but not the batting, because its where I get my antique look from. With the fabric washed and the batting not I get just the right look for me.

    I don't know if I would even attempt to put in a washer. If I wanted to shrink it, I probably would take a bottle of water and mist the batting, then put in dryer.

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    I use Warm and White batting. I do preshrink it. It washes beautifully if you don't agitate. I soak it for an hour or so in very warm water. I spin out the water. Then it does into the dryer on gentle. I've never had a problem with it falling apart. I do longarm quilting. I don't want my finished quilts to shrink. All fabrics get a prewash, too. Fabrics can bleed, especially batiks. I press them using Mary Ellen to get the crispness back prior to cutting.
    Any batting with cotton will shrink. I've not tried wool. I imagine there is shrinkage with it too.

    Cynthia

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerella
    I like the scrunched look of an older quilt, so I wouldn't preshrink either batting or fabric.

    However, I have a sister who uses 100% wool batting (her grandkids live in Alaska) ..I don't believe she has ever pre-shrunk, but then I'm not sure that she realizes that wool batting will shrink badly if washed. If I were to use wool batt, I surely would preshrink. It has occurred to me that I really should mention that to her, but she may know it.
    I use the wool batting & love it!! I to love the crinkled look! I do prewash my fabric but not my batting. After my quilt is finished I wash & dry it once. Then I give instructions to the recipient to never put it in the dryer from the washer, how ever if it has grass on it or cat or dog hair a good trick for getting these off is to stick it in the dryer dry & tumble for a 15 or 20 minuets. This way it wont keep shrinking like wool does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper
    no one i know does that
    whats the point?
    IF using a cotton batting and you do NOT want the Crinkled antique look , and you want it to look the same as when you finished it , pre-shrink. I do not like the crinkled look for table runners , I like them to be a smooth as possible. Some "modern" looking quilts it is a preference for me to have them flat, not crinkled. It all depends on what you want the quilted item to look like after its washed.

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    I haven't. Didn't even know it was possible. Haven't used anything but Warm and Natural so far though and haven't had any problems with washing.

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