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    Question Embroidery thread stained mess

    Hi has anyone had the problem of red embroidery thread bleeding? I soaked my redwork piece to remove the wash away stabilizer and the red thread stained my white fabric. Is it totally ruined or is there a way to get the red out? Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks!

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    Try covering it with plain yoghurt. It should draw the dye out.

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    Know nothing about the yogurt, but IMO, everything red bleeds! For future reference, I know of people who have soaked their skein of red embroidery thread to get rid of excess dye before using it. My best advice is to continue soaking, with frequent water changes. I've had great success with that formula.

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    I don't have anysure fire methods for removing the bleed, sorry. I don't use embroidery floss on Red Work anymore. I use DMC Coton Perle. My favourite is #8, colour 321 and it is 100% coton and colorfast. It is made in France which explains the strange spelling. Mine comes on a little round 1,1/2 inch ball for about $4. It gives a nice outline with just 1 strand and is much easier to use. If you want to use embroidery floss (even the good stuff) check it for colourfastness before using it. Take a small wad of it and soak it in hot water. Put the wad onto a white kleenex or papertowel to dry. Inspect the towel after drying and if there is any colour transfer, don't use it. I'm sorry all your hard work is spoiled. You might be able to save your blocks by overdying them pink if you can't remove the bleeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuttingedge View Post
    Try covering it with plain yoghurt. It should draw the dye out.
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    I had this same problem recently with a long ago Christmas cross-stitch project, which I love. There was a lot of burgundy floss used and when I tried to gently wash this, all the burgundy bled! I went to the store to look for the color magnet type products, but most had to be used in a washing machine. I stumbled upon a product at Wal-Mart, called Carbonite--it comes in a small box and needs to be mixed with water. I placed my piece in the solution and the bleeding was immediately removed--but it did lighten the color a bit too. But at least the piece still looks good and I was able to salvage it. Good luck.

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    Try oxiclean and a color catcher.

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    Thanks for the tips.

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    I made 32 redwork and bluework flour sack towels for giving this past Christmas (daughter and daughter in laws get replacement towels every couple of years). I prewashed all the towels (Aunt Marthas from Hobby Lobby), then embroidered. Then I washed them all and dried them. I wanted to make sure they were 'set' before giving them to make sure there were no issues. Not one of them bled. I used the embroidery thread from ThreadArt. Never had a problem with the thread (I won't rave about their cotton thread-too linty for me) in anything I have embroidered. ThreadArt is the only thread I have used for the redwork so I can't give an opinion on any other brand I have.

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    I read an article online about embroidery thread and only one red color of DMC would not bleed. I forgot the number of it. I used Aurifil size 12 for thread for small quilting projects that need a touch of hand embroidery.
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    I used DMC floss years ago and remember some problems with bleeding on dish towels, I don't remember what I did with them. Last year I wanted to embroider some Christmas dish towels and instead of using my old DMC stash, I switched to Finca (Prencia) Perle #8 for some bluework. I used the water eraseable blue marker. When I rinsed the towel under water the dark blue did not bleed. I like this floss much better than DMC, as it does not fray like DMC. I have also have the same thread in #12, which is a finer thread than the #8. I have also "discovered" a Pilot FriXion ball marker that is removed with heat. I tried a sample and when I ironed the sample, the mark was gone. I also tried the marker with a crayon color and the mark still disappeared. I know that does not help your problem when you have put a lot of time and effort into a project. I will certainly watch for any answers that may resolve your problem.

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    How frustrating for you. All that work and to have this happen. Oxiclean has done wonders with apparel for me. It should work with embroidery floss, too. Put it soak and go away. It needs time to work.

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    Thank you all for the information and I will try them and let you know which worked best for me..Thanks again!!

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    When I had this same problem a number of years ago, I contacted DMC. They told me to wash it repeatedly in clear cold water until it finally washed out. It worked for me then, good luck to you.
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    Here is a link to the mess I created last year when I spritzed water on my Valentines Table Runner... red dye everywhere: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...ce-t98883.html

    Here is my remedy and the results: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...e-t102708.html

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    Yes I bought a set of sunbonnets from a gal on ebay and they bled. I about fainted! The top was already finished. I hand washed it and got all of the dye out and then misted it with white vinegar and water. Vinegar sets dye... I had tones on non set blocks still so I just misted them as well. I haven't tested them because I am too busy. But, I expect them to be fine now.

    Another fabric to watch out for is batiks. I Always prewash that and set the dye with vinegar.
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    One of my quilting ladies had a beautiful dresser scarf that bled and she used a color catcher and all the bad color came out. It turned out beautiful.

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    Okay.... deep breaths....I am ready to try the Color Catchers and have the yogurt on standby if the Catchers don't work...When I get to the store I'm buying some Carbonite..I have already soaked all my red embroidery floss in vinegar so this NEVER happens again...I Hope! I was ready to do some tea towels on my embroidery machine with a red work pattern..should I worry about embroidery thread too? I want to thank each and every one of you for taking your time to help..Bless each of you!!!

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    Newbie here. Very interesting discussion as I have had a hankering to do some redwork. I have gazillions of embroidery floss. Now I know to NOT use it!! Thanks.
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    You could try putting a couple of drops of bleach in the lid of the Clorox bottle. Then add a few drops of water. Apply this around the outside of the stained area (not too close!) very carefully with a Q tip. Then wash as usual. This works for small spots assuming you don't mind a bit of fading. I have only used it on white tablecloths. It also gets out food stains.
    I usually soak all red floss in a mix of vinegar and water before using. Seems to work to set the color.
    Good luck.

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    At a recent lecture, it was suggested that you wash your "beauties" with clear ivory dishwashing liquid. It will give off dye but does not stain the piece (peace)!!!!! Good luck!
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    Tartan, that is what I use and it works great. Have had no problems with bleeding. For the bleeding try equal parts of Biz, dishwasher detergent, and chlorox II. Dissolve these in warm water, let the water cool, and put your quilt in it and let it remain in there until the stains disappear. This solution works great on old linens that have old stains on them. A lady who sells old linens at the giant flea market in Canton, TX gives this recipe to all her customers.

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    Wow, I am a newbie here too and this discussion has been wonderful. I knew red bleeds and so I have always washed my red materials (dark blues too) But I never thought about the embroidery thread. Great wake up call. I love all the suggestions and have written them done so that when I experience this problem (which I am sure will happen someday) I will know what to do. Of course if I misplace the paper, I can always come back here and ask for help.
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    Try soaking it with a Shot color catcher. I've had red clothes run in the wash, and when I've re-washed them, the errant dye DID come out. Worth a shot!

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    My DM bought an old red and white pieced quilt that was so funky she washed it. After a while she became fond of her red and pink pieced quilt.

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