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    This is my first time to ask a question so here goes. I am in the middle of making a quilt and am having problems with one fabric. I purchased it @ Joanns. It is a solid lite teal green. I cut all the fabric at the same time but I have noticed that while I am sewing it looks like the lite teal green is shrinking a little. It is really starting to mess up my project. I hate to take everything apart and replace this fabric but I know I will not be happy with the end result if I don't. I am making this quilt for hubby so I will see it alot. Has anyone else had this problem of fabric shrinking while sewing? I will never buy this type of fabric again. I have been quilting for over 20 years, I do not pre-wash my fabric but I do iron everything with starch.

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    Is it fraying alot? I'm gonna watch this thread as I have no idea!

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    If you didn't prewash, it could be that you are getting a bit of shrinkage/distortion when you iron, especially if you are using steam. I don't use steam when I iron, or I guess I should say when I press. Always press, don't move the iron back and forth as it will cause the fabric to move and distort.

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    I don't buy my quilting fabrics at J---n. With their prices right now you can go to a quilt shop and get really nice fabrics for the same price. They don't carry name brands.

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    Thats whay I'm thinking...it is shrinking with the pressing. If you feel this way about it now....take it apart and start over. Or just use what you've done for a pillow or something and start the quilt over. You'll regret it if you don't.

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    It's not faying. I do press alot and use steam and starch. I have never had this problem before. I bought the fabric because it was on sell. Big mistake. I will have to make a trip to LQS to find some new fabric to replace it with. It makes me sick to think about taking apart but better then live with something that I know I will not be happy with.

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    This is true. They claim you save with the coupon but 90% of time the fabric is $1 off so can't use coupon. Stick with the LQS and support you neighbor businesses.

    Quote Originally Posted by frarose
    I don't buy my quilting fabrics at J---n. With their prices right now you can go to a quilt shop and get really nice fabrics for the same price. They don't carry name brands.

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    The fabric that did that to me was a nice Robert Kaufman one from the LQS. That's when I decided to go back to prewashing.

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    are you using steam? sometimes steam can cause shrinkage. did you pre-wash?
    some fabrics shrink more than others- pre-washing helps get the shrinkage out of the way before you start using it....is it cotton? or a blend?

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    I have had fabric shrink on the ironing board right before my very eyes. The heat and or the steam can/will shrink some fabrics. It is very frustrating when it happens as it means you are typically done cutting and now onto the sewing part.
    I would abandon the use of this particular fabric as it will only continue to frustrate you in other parts of the process. Or if all the pieces are not cut shrinking it before cutting anymore.

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    Please, don't blame JoAnn's for everything! You may have bought a blend. They seem to shrivel up with hot iron and steam. The colors of the blends are very attractive and tempting, but IMHO not suitable for quilting.

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    This is in part why I pre-wash all my fabric. Doesn't go near the sewing room without having first visited teh laundry room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplyme
    I do not pre-wash my fabric but I do iron everything with starch.
    Now you know why so many of us do! Even freezer paper will shrink.

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    If your fabric has any polyester in it, it will shrink when the hot iron touches it. If it was printed on a lower thread count cotton fabric, it may also shrink when the heat touches it. Unfortunately not all fabrics are of the same quality no matter where you buy them or how much you pay. I find feeling them and holding them up to the light helps me decide if it is a quality fabric. If they look or feel "thin" then they probably won't do for your quilt no matter how pretty.

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    Thanks for all the info ladies!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scraphq
    Please, don't blame JoAnn's for everything! You may have bought a blend. They seem to shrivel up with hot iron and steam. The colors of the blends are very attractive and tempting, but IMHO not suitable for quilting.
    When I first really started quilting ;I bought a very pretty piece of fabric. It was exactly the right color, weight ect; but a blend. Every block [a Sampler] that I used that fabric in just never was the size it was supposed to be . The patches were carefully cut, sewed , looked wonderful,but shrank thruoghout with the pressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scraphq
    Please, don't blame JoAnn's for everything! You may have bought a blend. They seem to shrivel up with hot iron and steam. The colors of the blends are very attractive and tempting, but IMHO not suitable for quilting.
    that's what i was going to say, it can be heat shrinking up the "blend"

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    If you were using steam or spraying with water, I would think that would cause the shrinking. I ALWAYS preshrink everything except in the case where directions say otherwise like in the case below.

    BTW, did you know that fabric after washing can shrink more in one direction than the other? I had this happen with a Kona cotton solid black. I cut 9" squares for a 7" square finished block for appliquing using a special applique fiber that requires prewashing the applique pieces but not the background. When washing the background shrinks and pulls the machine applique stitches towards the underside of the applique, so it looks like hand applique. Then the block is cut down to size; hence the oversized square cut at the start.

    The blocks were square after sewing the applique but before washing. After washing the blocks were not square. I would have to check my blocks again, but I think it did the shrinking on the cross grain.

    Advance Warning...I did preshrink the fabric in a kit which included a panel. The panel had blocks to cut apart. The dimensions were off on the blocks after washing, and I had a lot of work to adapt the directions for construction.

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    I too had the same thing happen to a certain piece of fabric that I bought at the same place. I knew I had cut it rught yet after pressing, it was smaller than the other pieces cut the same but of different fabric, so I figured it was shrinking from the steam. Actually I could almost see it shrinking as I pressed it.

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    The shrinkage could be because the fabric is poly/cotton. Are you sure it is 100% cotton? Happened to me once. Discarded and started again with new stuff.

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    One more hint. If you are using teal, some burgandy's, and a lot blue fabrics, wash them as these colors really tend to run a lot. There is stuff you can soak them inand I can't remember the name of it and it will help seal the color.

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    I had some red fabric to do that when I was making some wall hangings and rug mugs for Christmas a couple years ago. This happened when I was pressing the squares. I couldn't for the life of me figure it out at first, then I measured the square before I sewed it with another one the same size and measured it again after pressing, tried just pressing the red alone with measuring before after pressing, sure enough it was the red from pressing it. I was sick, because I couldn't find another red in town. A dear friend was coming in from near Dallas and stopped at Abilene and picked up some more fabric for me. I have never purchased that brand of fabric since. I also had this to happen with some gingham fabric I was using in a quilt. I think part of the reason was because the gingham is much thinner fab. than in past years.
    If you are unhappy with it now, you will be forever, so take it out and start over to be happy my friend.

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    I feel for you. I was making a Trip Around the World and one fabric did shrink with steam. I did take out all of that fabric - a lot of work but definitely worth it.

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    It pays to read the labels, nothing comes into my home unless it is 100% cotton, then it gets prewashed. Better safe than sorry. Yes it is a lot of work to "unstitch", but you will be happy in the long run, and thank goodness you caught it before it was finished. Just remember some deep color fabrics may run (if not pre washed) so maybe this was a good thing!:)

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    My thoughts for what it is worth. It is lower end quality and the fabric is shrinking as you are ironning and starching. You might consider taking it out.

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