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    Janeknapp...thank you so much for the link! Read it twice and printed it out. Now have to be a label reader again!

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    Thank you very much for this great article I have lots of alergys and the doctor said there are so many chemicals in everything anymore food included that they cannot even pronounce them or know what they are I know I had to quit using toothpaste and go to plain baking soda maybe this is why

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    Thanks for that information. You know, I have been sewing a lot lately and feeling pricks in my skin and a lot of itching.....I thought I had mosquitoes in the house altho' I never could see or hear them! Must be the __________. :| :-(

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    Funny, I always wash new clothes before wearing them, but I rarely wash fabric before sewing with it! And yes, I have exzema and get contact dermatitis from some things.

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    I pre-wash my fabrics, even the ones that state that they do not need to be pre-washed. I also use an air filter (home depot kind) whenever I am working in my quilt room... what gets on your hands is also breathed into your lungs... keep quilting but quilt in as healthy a manner as possible... so many chemicals and additives these days.

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    Unfortunately, govt. regulations are often minimal and ingredients cannot always be documented as they come from many different countries. Those who "manufacture" the ingredients are not always honest and often are concerned only with the profit. So, do not rely on others (govt.) to always keep you safe... be cautious and use good protective sense.

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    I worked in a quilt shop for several years. I developed a severe rash down the middle of my back, then my knees, then my arms. Hands didn't get it. Went to two derm.docs and they had no idea. Finally after 6 mo. of bleed and itch it subsided. Three yrs now and the middle of my back still itches daily but no visible rash. We always thought it was the fabric but now I am sure after reading your posts.

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    I always pre-wash..but usually just once. Guess I need to do more. Thanks for this post and all the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDog
    Did Doc recommend with or without soap? When I prewash, I don't use soap. Guess I never thought about it before.

    It's downright amazing the junk we're exposed to these days. Nanny government.
    Prhaps government should be regulating more rather than less. froggyintexas

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeknapp
    form·al·de·hyde   

    Read more: http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_..._and_smel.html
    Read the blog mentioned above and got quite a shock! Now I also understand why my hands have been so dry all the time after quilting. Have been out of the sewing room for a week and voila! No dry hands. :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK
    Just think--formadehyde is the main ingredient in the dying process of fabric design. Formadehyde is also the main ingredient in the embalming process. One wonders...if a quilter dies, will she ever fall to 'pieces'??
    That's a good one. :lol:

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    I normally prewash and whenever I don't, I can't stop sneezing. I finally figured out that it must be the fabric. Now I know why!

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    The fabric doesn't affect my skin, but I worked around formaldehyde for 30 years at levels much stronger than you would get from fabric. I was diagnosed about two years ago with COPD and I'm sure it is from all the formaldehyde I breathed in. Formaldehyde is also in new carpet.

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    I've been using Woolite, guess I better start using something stronger.

    And wash hands more often when working with fabric.

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    my daughter gave me Renew intensive skin therapy cream and it really helps with skin problems. My neighbor had really bad hands and was using gloves on her hands. When she started using this lotion it cleared up. Hope it helps some of you. melaleuca .com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I'm sorry, I don't understand your comment. Are you saying that you think that the government is responsible for the use of formaldehyde in the manufacturing process? The government has regulations to try to minimize the impact of its use.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDog
    Did Doc recommend with or without soap? When I prewash, I don't use soap. Guess I never thought about it before.

    It's downright amazing the junk we're exposed to these days. Nanny government.
    I believe our government has not done enough to make sure that what comes in this country is safe. Besides fabric, toys are still getting on store shelves with lead in them. There is a web site that will send you the recalls, [email protected]

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    I usually prewash my fabrics but today I've been feeling lazy and was about to skip the prewashingof the fabrics for my next quilt. Changed my mind and in the washer they go for a few washes with colorcatchers. Will also wash the lastest baby quilt as it is a scrappy one and I'm not certain that all of the fabrics were prewashed. Thanks for the heads up, May in Jersey

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    Quote Originally Posted by galvestonangel
    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I'm sorry, I don't understand your comment. Are you saying that you think that the government is responsible for the use of formaldehyde in the manufacturing process? The government has regulations to try to minimize the impact of its use.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDog
    Did Doc recommend with or without soap? When I prewash, I don't use soap. Guess I never thought about it before.

    It's downright amazing the junk we're exposed to these days. Nanny government.
    I believe our government has not done enough to make sure that what comes in this country is safe. Besides fabric, toys are still getting on store shelves with lead in them. There is a web site that will send you the recalls, [email protected]
    I think you are absolutely correct. Wonder which political party is blocking efforts to fund such inspections by making it possible to raise revenue? froggyintexas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM
    Just got home from dermatologist. Excema on hands really bad. She gave me refill on one med, a new one to try and said if you have issues on your hands...breaking out, itching, etc. to wash your fabric 5 times to get all the...can't spell it correctly...formeldahyde out. So now I know, washing fab once won't do it with laundry detergent. I use liquid w/no perfumes or other chemicals.

    Just thought I'd pass this along. I know there is a huge populatioin of quilters who don't believe in prewashing fab, but know you know why LOTS of us have to do it.
    Light Bulb moment! I am so glad you posted this. I am going to do a lot of laundry. I have suffered with exzema on my hands for years, but not as a child. I did not sew much as a child. Duh! :oops:

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    Makes me wonder if not washing my fabrics is making my hands so dry they crack? I used to prewash but stopped doing it. Guess I will try it again.Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I have washed precuts but I have never bought a precut square before today...I got them when I signed up for Keepssake quilting. I also have been wearing white gloves for my last quilt I just made...I was amazed to see how dirty they got. And that was washed fabric....
    Have you washed charms and how do you if you did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM
    Just got home from dermatologist. Excema on hands really bad. She gave me refill on one med, a new one to try and said if you have issues on your hands...breaking out, itching, etc. to wash your fabric 5 times to get all the...can't spell it correctly...formeldahyde out. So now I know, washing fab once won't do it with laundry detergent. I use liquid w/no perfumes or other chemicals.

    Just thought I'd pass this along. I know there is a huge populatioin of quilters who don't believe in prewashing fab, but know you know why LOTS of us have to do it.
    Back in the days of perma press, formaldehyde was used in the finishes, it go so bad, I couldnt walk into a fabric shop without wheezing and getting a headache, these days I dont think too many fabrics have it, but if they do by all means wash till the smell goes away. Formaldehyde is badstuff.

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    I think you have helped lots of people with your information. We all thank you and will pass it on, I am sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have posted several times on QB about pre-washing fabrics because of the chemicals in the fabrics. I have psoriasis and in the past year or so it has gotten incredibly worse. My hands have become involved so much so that they crack and bleed and are swollen to almost twice regular size and it has flared it up on other areas of my body. It has been linked back to fabrics. My hands will itch and burn after an afternoon of touching fabrics in a shop (favorite pasttime!!) I have different creams for different parts of my body and I take oral medications as well as I am now on the injections to get my psoriasis under control. There are so many chemicals in the fabric from manufacturing and to make it look crisp and pretty in the store. Thanks for the information about washing it 5 times. I definately will from now on. . .
    Oh, I'm so sorry Auntpiggy!!! What torture for a quilter - not to be able to "feel" fabrics!! I prewash everything - mainly to get the sizing out and stop the colour from bleeding. I have found that my hands get really dry during my "peak" quilting times - mostly during the winter. I thought it was the cotton absorbing the moisture out of my hands, but now think it is probably the chemical residue in the fabric! This is a very interesting post. Thank you all for contributing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK
    Just think--formadehyde is the main ingredient in the dying process of fabric design. Formadehyde is also the main ingredient in the embalming process. One wonders...if a quilter dies, will she ever fall to 'pieces'??
    LOL GingerK!!! I'm enclosing a picture of the coffin I told my kids I want when I die! (actually I told them to just wrap me up in one of my old quilts, but this is pretty spectacular!)

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