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    Wow! What a lot of problems! I was never so happy as the day my top loader died! I have a wash sink in my laundry area and I put my fabric in a tub (use a lot of those pink hopital tubs) and fill it with totally hot water and leave it for a bit. If it runs, I know it, and in any case if it is going to shrink, it will. My new front loader has a "rinse and spin" 12 minute cycle and if the fabric doesn't need treatment for bleeding then it goes into that cycle and comes out in great shape and into the (old) dryer. I've never had problems; I do bring it out when "just" dry, or even needs to hang for a bit dry. I almost never iron new fabric, and when I do it's because it was stored wrong and got too crunched. I wonder what the difference is? My front loader was expensive, but I got California rebates that took off a lot of the extra cost because it is a water and energy saver.

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    my wsher twists, but the dryer doesn't. so I just untwist before moving between machines.
    And I always prewash...smile.

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    That's a brilliant idea! Thank you! I find the twisting problem is more-so with my new front loaders than with my old top loader machines.
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    the accordion fold method works great! fold in about 1-2 yard length and pin the selvedge edge every 6-8" or so.

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    Yes! My washing machine -- a great and reliable Maytag that I've had for years -- does this with sheets or any long fabric. But this twisting into a coil seems fairly recent to me so I'm puzzled about why.

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    this is one of many reasons why I gave up prewashing 25 yrs ago-way too much time involved.
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    I also started using the accordian fold and pinning....it works great....I've done up to a 10 yard piece of fabric...so glad I saw the post on it, sure saves me a lot of headaches.....

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    My washer only usually does that if I am washing multiple pieces at a time. I have to trim up all the loose strings from the edges as I throw them in the washer otherwise they'll all wrap around one, and your right it's the worst to try and iron out! However if I am washing one large piece its not such a problem.

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    OMG yes!!!!!! Drives me to drink lol... I will be trying some of these suggestions!! Such wise women (and I am guessing a few men) on this board!

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    Wow! I am glad I found this thread....sounds like this problem is solveable!
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    I solve the thread wrapping problem by serging the raw edges of my fabric before I wash. I don't have much trouble with fabric twisting if the lengths are not too long. I seem to have more trouble if I only have one piece to wash. I have also found if I dry it right after its finished washing and remove as soon as its dry, I have less wrinkles.
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    Okay I might sound 'old school' as my daughter would say, but isn't it a shame so many municipalities don't allow clothesline anymore. So many of our ironing problems would be alleviated. Plus everything would smell so fresh. My washing machine twists as well.

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    I agree, I miss my top loader. It cleaned great and never had a problem. I am on my second front loader washer--the bearings went on the first one. Couldn't be repaired--Thank the Lord, we had an extended warranty! Bought a different manufacturer, but I still pine for my oldie.
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    The mesh bag works but only when its 4 yds per bag. For the longer pieces I throw them over the shower rod and refold selvedge to selvedge. This way I can get 4 or 5 done at the same time -they air dry quickly and this pulls most of the wrinkles out making ironing easier. And if they're real bad I'll turn on the shower for some steam.

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    I don't prewash much, but when I do i fold it accordian style, secure with safety pins' then put in a pillowcase which I pin. wash on gentle, put right in the dryer like that on timed setting. No strings, or knots & damp for ironing with starch(love starch)
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    Try putting a couple of tennis balls in the dryer. You still have to untwist the fabric, but the tennis balls help keep it that way.
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    I found several things to try! Thanks for all the suggestions!
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    That happens to my fabrics in the washer. I don't usually have any trouble in the dryer, but I never leave them in there long.

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    Have you tried putting tennis balls in the dryer like one would do with a down filled coat. Also, there are plastic balls about the size of tennis balls that seem to help fluff up the objects that are being dried.

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