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Thread: Does anyone else have this problem????

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    steam will certainly shrink your cottons if you do not pre-wash...anytime you want every thing to fit together and shrink together they should be pre-washed, toss in the dryer, then press...it has nothing to do with starch it has to do with the heat. some people never pre-wash and they like the 'shrunk' end product, but seldom will 2 different fabrics shrink uniformly...and i don't know about you but it is very normal for me to use 100 or more different fabrics in one queen size quilt...that could mean lots of different shrinking going on. i tend to get home from purchasing fabric, entering the house through the garage, the washer and dryer are first thing...and the fabric goes right into the washer before ever getting close to the sewing room. when i have alot to wash (like 25 fat quarters or something like that i set up the ironing board at a sitting height, put in a movie and sit and iron for an afternoon..it is as relaxing as hand sewing can be ;)

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    I found that when I pressed/ironed fabrics that were sopping wet from starch or sizing that they stretched.

    I've since been told that one should starch, then let the fabric dry, and THEN steam press.

    My personal belief is that fabrics should have good manners "on their own" - they should NOT need to be washed with synthropol or retayne or color catchers (after the quilt is made) nor should they need to be starched or sized to have decent body to work with.

    I will concede using starch lightly to stabilize pieces cut on the bias.

    To find out if fabric has good manners, I wash and dry it before doing anything else with it.

    My opinion. And I feel strongly about it.

    And there are others that say they have had no problems with using fabric "straight from the store"

    I'm not going to change their minds. They are not going to change mine about this.

    I have had some "bad experiences" - which is why I feel so strongly about it now.

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    I always pre-wash and dry. That should shrink the fabrics all they're going to shrink so that once I put my time and effort into a quilt it won't shrink and the colors won't bleed. Fabrics, even in the same line, will shrink at different rates.

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