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Thread: GOOD NEWS Washing Fabric GOOD NEWS

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    I read a tip on line about how to wash fabric to keep from fraying.

    So I saved all my new purchases for about two months (as we all know that can be a lot for a quilter) and took the fabric and cut both sides with a pinking rotary blade in my rotary cutter and wa-la no fraying.
    Really NONE.

    You just cut the two sides not the selvedge. It realy works. I am in heaven! Try it.

    I have pinking scissors but originally tried them on fat quarters. Took to long and I tended to cut to close in order to save fabric. You can use them but the blade is really quick and easy!

    F.Y.I. The pinking blade was I think Friskers brand, they have wavy and more. I just bought the one that looked like a pinking blade. It actually read decoration blade. I am just so tickled now that I can't think but wanted to share this with you all! :D

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    that's a great tip! olfa also makes a pinking blade (and a scallop and a wave!).

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    Thats good to know because I like Olfa blades the best. They seem to last forever! :-)

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    Thanks!! I hate the fraying. I'll get one of those blades!

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    Thanks I hate the fraying too so the next batch get your tip!!

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    I just did that on my last "batch". It is so much faster with the pinking blade. I got the Olfa but after about 60 pieces the blade cut almost straight it was so dull. I have a back up but I've got three more piles to cut and all.

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    Did you clean,oil and reverse the blade. Then again it is a different blade. I was wondering how long they last. But isn't it great?!

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    I was buying fabric yesterday and commented that I was headed home to wash all of it and the ladies all looked at me like I was crazy! They said they never wash it because it will fray and possibly shrink. I bought fat quarters? Am I the only one who washes before cutting? These fabrics have a lot of dark colors and I worry about the fabric bleeding.

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    I wash most of the time but sometimes not.
    I figure quilting fabric companies would loose business if they made fabric that bled. So far I have not had a problem.

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    I always wash mine because I usualy don't know what I will be using it for and if I want to do a project that requires washing I don't want to have to wait to get the fabri washed. I usualy want to start right on it. I too use the color sheet catchers, haveing learned the hard way that the fabric will indeed bleed sometimes. It only happened once but that is all it takes! :wink:

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    Thanks for the tip. I got a pinking blade for my rotary cutter today. Can't wait to try it.

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    On the question re: washing fat quarters, I goofed and said I wash all my fabric when I get it home.

    Not true with fat quarters. I wait to see how I am going to use them. If it is for a purse, or anything besides a quilt I usualy do not wash. But if I am using the fat quarter for washing I but in in one of these nylon bags that are for womens delicate unthings, and while the fat quarters are in the bag I wash on a gental cycle and dry normaly in dryer.

    I cut some fat quarters with the blade and they also did not fray. I always use the color grabber sheet. They are not that expensive and well worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaRae
    On the question re: washing fat quarters, I goofed and said I wash all my fabric when I get it home.

    FIX MESSAGE DO YOU CAN MAYBE UNDERSTAND

    fat quarter for QUILTING I PUT IT IN THE washing but in in one of those nylon bags that are for womens delicate unthings, and while the fat quarters are in the bag I wash on a gental cycle and dry normaly in dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gj
    I was buying fabric yesterday and commented that I was headed home to wash all of it and the ladies all looked at me like I was crazy! They said they never wash it because it will fray and possibly shrink.
    ummm... that sounds like an excellent reason to prewash it before you invest a lot of time and money into making a project of any kind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gj
    I was buying fabric yesterday and commented that I was headed home to wash all of it and the ladies all looked at me like I was crazy! They said they never wash it because it will fray and possibly shrink. I bought fat quarters? Am I the only one who washes before cutting? These fabrics have a lot of dark colors and I worry about the fabric bleeding.

    Hm, I wonder, what do those ladies sew? Shrinkage will happen after you sew anything, quilts, clothes, anything that needs washing!

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    thanks for the tip on the blade. I'm going to JoAnn's today and will pick one up....I think the fraying is my pet peeve.

    Just my 2 cents worth on washing. I am making a tulip quilt as a graduation gift for one of my grandaughters. I'm using RED hand dyed & batik fabric.Good thing I decided to wash it ....just in case. The red did run a lot, especially the batiks and would have ruined my beautiful quilt. I used the color catcher and as a secondary precaution soaked all the fabric in vinegar water until I saw no more "pink." I now feel secure that she won't have a pink/red streaked quilt the first time it is washed. :D

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    I always forget about the vinegar tip. Thanks for the reminder!

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