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    Fabric Prep.

    I really don't like it, yet I'm busy washing, pressing, & cutting it.
    I got a new serger & a $20 off coupon at Handcock Fabrics for Christmas. I went & bought fabric for a 60 min. quilt, (I got the pattern a week ago.) I want to start making this right now, but I'm still doing fabric prep. I considered not washing, but I've been burned with fabric that bled, so... I'm washing, pressing & cutting.

    How do you feel about it?
    Bev
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    It all depends on what colors I am using - reds always get prewashed Batiks get prewashed also ... other then that I don't like to prewash - it is about 50/50 on who prewashes and who doesn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    so... I'm washing, pressing & cutting.
    How do you feel about it?

    How do I feel?.....I'm sure glad it's YOU doing it not me!

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    I always wash and dry all fabrics before I fold them and add to the tons of other fabrics I have,
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    I have never washed my fabrics . I'm a press and cut kinda gal. I haven't worked with reds, so I will remember to wash first when I do.

    Do you have an express wash on your machine?? I have one and it takes 30 minutes a load.

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    I always wash my fabric before cutting it. I only iron it when I am ready to use it. I never mind it because I have seen too many ruined quilted items and that's not for me. No regrets here.

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    I didn't used to wash fabric first, but after a bad experience I am now washing all fabric first, usually when I get it home. Now I can't remember which of my fabric has been washed. Sometimes I can't tell so I am rewashing some. I don't wash scraps, usually washing the end project. It seems to take some time, but one ruined quilt was enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I didn't used to wash fabric first, but after a bad experience I am now washing all fabric first, usually when I get it home. Now I can't remember which of my fabric has been washed. Sometimes I can't tell so I am rewashing some. I don't wash scraps, usually washing the end project. It seems to take some time, but one ruined quilt was enough.
    I agree, 1 ruined quilt is 1 too many. I appreciate Ya'll letting me gripe. I guess I'll get back in there & start pressing.
    Bev
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    I love washing and pressing new fabric. It extends the joy of buying it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    How do I feel?.....I'm sure glad it's YOU doing it not me!

    Jan in VA
    That's exactly what my DH said.
    Bev
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I love washing and pressing new fabric. It extends the joy of buying it!
    I wish we lived closer then we could trade out, & I could do what you don't like.

    Bev
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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    I also enjoy washing, pressing and folding immediately. But then I also take everything out once a year, press and refold in a different spot. Just enjoy "petting" the fabric. And it helps me know what I have and where the holes in the stash are.
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    I don't pre-wash everything. I do pre-wash colours that are intense reds, purples etc. If I am in doubt about a fabric, I cut a sliver off across the width and wet it in the sink of warm water. I then squeeze out most of the water and leave the wad of fabric on top of white paper towel to dry. If any colour comes out in the water or there is a stain on the paper towel, I pre-treat it before use. I keep both retyne (before using fabric) and synthrapol (already in quilt) in the house along with my Shout colour catchers for quilt care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I always wash and dry all fabrics before I fold them and add to the tons of other fabrics I have,
    Boy, that's me all over! I can't stand to have the chemicals in my sewing room. And you don't know what's been on that fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I didn't used to wash fabric first, but after a bad experience I am now washing all fabric first, usually when I get it home. Now I can't remember which of my fabric has been washed. Sometimes I can't tell so I am rewashing some. I don't wash scraps, usually washing the end project. It seems to take some time, but one ruined quilt was enough.
    I saw a tip somewhere that after you wash a piece of material to cut a small triangle off one of the corners. I usually just pin a scrap of paper to it which says "washed". Not very creative; but, it works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I love washing and pressing new fabric. It extends the joy of buying it!
    Me too! Then it gets added to the rest of the piles and piles of fabrics stashed away!

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    Only do the super deep tones, reds, dark blues other than that cut & sew
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    I wash my fabric right before I start the project. I actually rather enjoy it. While ironing, it allows me to review the fabric choices and sometimes I make changes. Of course, I then have to wash the new selection.

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    Well, I usually wash my dark colored fabrics before using however, my friend told me about color catchers that you add to the wash cycle and if anything bleeds, it is supposed to catch the color so it doesn't show up where it isn't supposed to. I made a quilt before Christmas and used this method as I didn't have time and it had burgundy, dark green, etc and I threw it in with the color catcher and no problem!!! I believe that the brand is Shout. Great to have on hand.
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