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Thread: Dryer Fabric Softener Sheets for String Quilts

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    Smile Dryer Fabric Softener Sheets for String Quilts

    Stupid (?) question, but do you wash out the sheets first? Many times I've taken them out of the dryer and they are still heavily scented and almost "slimy" from the softener.

    One other thing I just learned...wash the lint filter on your dryer often! The fabric softener sheets and bars leave a residue which can cause a dryer to overheat. Learned this from the local fire department after a house in town burned due to a dryer fire. Just a word of caution. Just use soap (dish soap is okay) and water and a soft brush to get into the screening. How to tell if your filter needs cleaning? Run water through it. If the water doesn't run through in a good stream, wash the filter. You don't want to see the water beading up on the filter - this means there is softener residue on it.

    Thanks for listening and the advice on using the dryer sheets on string quilts.

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    Thank you! I never thought about cleaning the lint filter except after drying a load. I don't use fabric softener sheets very often, but this is good info to know.

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    I run the finished quilt through the washing machine and that seems to eliminate the dryer sheet residue. I love using them for string quilts. Plus I feel good that I am actually recycling something.

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    No, I don't use dryer sheets for quilting. Don't even use them in the dryer. I like to use fabric as the base for string quilts.

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    I use fabric or dryer sheets as a base... I've never had a problem with them being slimmy.

    I've also been known to reuse a dryer sheet...more than once in the dryer... not for the smell but for the antistatic then tend to work fine for a couple of loads ( shhhh don't tell hubby... he is a strictly by the instruction kind of guy=== me?? what instructions???)

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    I worked with dryer sheets once - used ones that had already been through the dryer - and after about 5 blocks, I was so sick of the scent I swore I'd never use them in quilting again.

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    I would never use them as foundations or give anything away to others made with them. Yuck. Sorry, but there are so many other alternatives!

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    I never have used dryer sheets available for anything else since I discovered how great they are for cleaning the bathroom. With the sheet and plain water I can remove grandkid's toothpaste mess, hubby's greasy hand gunk, polish the faucet and even remove toilet ring. Bonus, makes the bathroom smell nice and is much faster than anything else I have ever tried.

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    They work great in my mini's and yes they are well used before I sew with them. Usually don't wash them as I'm like bluteddi :-) I use them in the dryer only when I know I will have a very static prone item to be dried.
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    My 2 cents: there have been more than one discussion on this Board about dryer sheets for foundation piecing and my gut (a large one) feeling is 'don't.' I like to use old cotton sheets for a foundation and endorse others who use paper and then remove it before assembling the sandwich. I don't trust the fragrance and the synthetic material to remain stable for the life of the quilt. BUT I have no proof and many, many quilters do enjoy using them.

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    They make unscented dryer sheets. I don't use dryer sheets but I've seen unscented.
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    I would never use dryer sheets in a quilt because of the stench. Please consider that there are many people who are chemically sensitive, who may not know that the quilt that they received is the cause of their problems. To those who say that there are non-scented dryer sheets, I've heard of too many problems with the dryer sheets causing problems by clogging the filters in dryers and resulting in fires, so I wouldn't use those in a dryer either, and therefore wouldn't have them even available to use in a quilt. If you use these in your dryer, please be extra vigilant checking your filter for clogs, and the path inside your dryer and dryer vent to the outside, for clogs and buildup of oily lint.

    I use fabric (muslin or worn-out sheets) for string quilts. I like the suggesting to use old telephone book pages.

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    I don't use dryer sheets or paper for string quilts. I just sew my strips together and cut the blocks to size with my square or diamond ruler. If I have bias edges I'm careful about handling. If I'm still worried, I starch the blocks before I cut them.

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    I never use dryer sheets for quilting purposes since some recipients can be allergic or sensitive to them. After discovering dryer balls (can order from Norwex.com or can buy less expensive ones at Joann's with coupons) I seldom use dryer sheets now. The only drawback is that they can make a noisy racket in the dryer....we are used to the noise now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Sews View Post
    I never have used dryer sheets available for anything else since I discovered how great they are for cleaning the bathroom. With the sheet and plain water I can remove grandkid's toothpaste mess, hubby's greasy hand gunk, polish the faucet and even remove toilet ring. Bonus, makes the bathroom smell nice and is much faster than anything else I have ever tried.

    Huh. Really? Thanks for the cleaning tip, Kat Sews!!! Will try it this afternoon!

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    Thanks for the tip of using used dryer sheets as a cleaning rag...good idea..anything we can do to "recycle" in this old world is good. Haven't used as foundation, only because haven't sewn a string quilt in a while, but I'm saving them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    No, I don't use dryer sheets for quilting. Don't even use them in the dryer. I like to use fabric as the base for string quilts.
    First string quilt I used yellowpages as foundation, next time I will defintaly use muslin. I looked up what dryer sheets are made of:

    What are dryer sheets made of?
    Dryer sheets are most often made from a non-woven fabric web of fine polyester fibres, although some are made of polyurethane foam.

    I guess I would use them if i was doing a wallhanging but I prefer not to use poly in my bedding.

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    I use "Seventh Generation" brand dryer sheets (unscented). Allergic to the scented but a while back I learned to wash the lint filter after I've finished for the day. A soft cloth or old baby's brush run across the filter in (Dawn) soapy water works good. Just run under the water and check to make sure it does. I've found the unscented has less residue. The scented oils/extracts are what clogs the filter. I also use my vacuum hose on my dryer to removed excess lint. I missed the tip on using dryer sheets on string quilts but haven't done a string quilt.

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    I only use them once in a while, to keep static electricity down.
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    I'm with you, Greenhorn. I worry about allergies (my husband!) and skin rashes (the grands!) even though the dryer sheet is contained between fabric layers. I also think how much product can be in the sheets if they feel slimy after using them? Add the smell to the mix and I'll stick with old cotton sheets or paper.

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    Never use dryers sheets as DH has allergies and kids have asthma. Also our quilt guild gives quilts to charities and they ask for no fragrance. But I do have a friend who uses the old sheets for cleaning her bathroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Sews View Post
    I never have used dryer sheets available for anything else since I discovered how great they are for cleaning the bathroom. With the sheet and plain water I can remove grandkid's toothpaste mess, hubby's greasy hand gunk, polish the faucet and even remove toilet ring. Bonus, makes the bathroom smell nice and is much faster than anything else I have ever tried.
    Maybe this is a stupid question but are you using the dryer sheet, to clean the bathroom, straight from the box, or "AFTER" it was used in the dryer??? Sounded like a good tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I worked with dryer sheets once - used ones that had already been through the dryer - and after about 5 blocks, I was so sick of the scent I swore I'd never use them in quilting again.
    I always use unscented sheets but my first thought was the smell, especially if the quilt was going to be a gift. I have a real hard time with scents, I usually call them odors!! LOL
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    We lost the house to fire 10 years ago so I'm paranoid about fires now. Thanks so much for the advice.

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    We use only unscented - I don't use them for anything else actually, but just thought I would mention that they are readily available without any scent at all. Once I moved away from scented laundry detergent or dryer sheets due to suspected allergy issues, I will never go back as now the scented stuff seems overwhelming to me.

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