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Thread: Has anyone used this fabric & it bleed?

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    Has anyone used this fabric & it bleed?

    My friend wants me to use this fabric for the backing of a t-shirt quilt that contains lots of whites on the top, I am scared to death of this red fabric bleeding, I have read reviews and they say it will bleed. Is there a way I can wash this fabric and make sure that I take care of the bleeding issue before I put it onto this quilt? Thanks


    Color: Red

    • 100% Cotton
    • Machine wash cold on delicate cycle. Do not use chlorine bleach. Tumble dry on low, remove promptly
    • 108'' wide, sold in whole yard increments only. This fabric comes on a 15 yard bolt

    108" wide fabric is suitable for backing quilts, tablecloths, bedding, or any project that requires a large piece of fabric.


    http://www.joann.com/108-solid-fabric-asst-d-colors-/prd18929/
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    Retayne helps set colors.

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    From what I've read, pre-wash it (alone!) in hot/warm water with retayne. That should set the dye, and it will be fine (in COLD water) for all future washes. Personally, I'd run it through a cold wash with a colour catcher to make sure the retayne did the job, after the retayne and before quilting it.

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    I don't usually pre-wash, but when it's red, I do. I haven't used the product mentioned by alikat110, but I have seen it mentioned several times by members of the board. Better to be safe than sorry, I think. Good luck.

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    Wash it in hot water with retayne, then wash it again in hot water with a color catcher. If the color catcher comes out clean you will be OK with future washes. I've had to wash reds several times sometimes.
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    Retayne. You can find it on Amazon and DharmaTrading online, or locally in quilt shops that cater to dyers. Wash with Retayne in hot water, then test for colorfastness by dropping a small piece in a glass of water. See if there is any bleeding of red into the water. Afterwards, rub the damp red fabric against a sample of the white t-shirt fabric to see if any red transfers that way. If the fabric fails either test, wash again with Retayne in hot water and test again. If it still transfers dye, do not use it in the quilt (find something else!).

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    Why wouldn't you wash the fabric? Use the hottest water you've got.
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    Hot water and Retayne should help.

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    Don't buy it. Use Kona cotton form Kauffman instead and you won't need to worry about it running.

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    If any doubt - pre wash and wash again with a colour catcher

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    that is a very tempting price for backing-width fabric.

    Kona solids and those from Connecting Threads don't usually run.
    You'd have to piece the back, but they are an alternative.
    You'd spend more $$$ because they come in standard widths.

    i agree with those who recommend multiple pre-washes; also agree it should be done in the hottest water setting your washer offers.

    Color Catchers come in very handy when pre-washing - especially for reds, which seem to run more often than just about any other color. They're re-usable. However, I'd recommend throwing in a new one with each pre-wash. Repeat until the Color Catcher stays white. Save the used catchers for future use with regular laundry.

    If you settle on the red you've shown us, I hope you'll come back to let us know how it performed in the pre-wash.
    I'm sure lots of us would like to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slicksister View Post
    Don't buy it. Use Kona cotton form Kauffman instead and you won't need to worry about it running.
    Unfortunately I've had Kauffman Kona (and loads of other spendy stuff) run all over, too.

    I agree with the multiple washings. Good luck!

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    I have heard about the Kona reds bleeding too - but no reason to be scared. What about purchasing synthropol from Dharma Trading? You can buy smaller quanitites and they have a "house" brand too. It's for washing out excess color and was designed to keep the excess dye from tye dyes bleeding into each other.

    If it were me I'd probably explain your concerns to your pal, talk to her about the synthropol and see what she'd like to do. At the end of the day say you'll quilt it for her at her own risk! Also - if you do get a little bleeding I've heard GREAT things about color catchers. Tazzie Quilts blog years ago had a great post about a two color quilt she made with Kona fabrics and the red bled...she washed it with color catchers and was able to remove the excess dye.
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    Thanks all, I have washed it once with Retayne and now am on my second wash with a color catcher to make sure the job got done will let you know how it turns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Wash it in hot water with retayne, then wash it again in hot water with a color catcher. If the color catcher comes out clean you will be OK with future washes. I've had to wash reds several times sometimes.
    I agree! It must be wash til it the rinse water come out clear to be safe from bleeding...

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    -Ok all, I washed it the 1st time with hot water & Retayne, then dried it, then I washed it a 2nd time with a color catcher in hot water (it came out pink), so I washed it a 3rd time with a color catcher and it came out pink, and I then dried it again....soo tonight, what shall I try, washing it in cold with white scrap pieces of t-shirts and see if the color sets on them? Keep washing it in hot with Retayne again? what to do what to do? Thanks
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    I would be very leary of a fabric that says to wash in cold water.

    Keep washing until it comes out clear.

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    Was the second pink lighter than the first? Pink is actually encouraging - I would have expected almost red, from that fabric.
    I would probably wash again in Retayne. Are you sure you should have washed in hot after that? I've never used Retayne but I was told that hot water will de-activate it. So I would wash in hot with Retayne one more time, then in cold with a colour catcher and see how it is. Then, assuming you can trust the recipient to never use hot water, you should be good to go.

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    Whenever I use a fabric like that I prewash in Retayne. Then after I think I have it to where it won't run I wash it again in warm with a piece of white fabric like something in the quilt to see what happens. Good luck!

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    I use Retayne frequently. Occasionally it takes 2 sessions, but as Kristakz mentioned, once you use the Retayne hot water treatment, you are supposed to wash only cool after that per instructions on the bottle. I agree to try the hot Retayne treatment once more. Then do not wash hot after that.

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    I prewashed my red and then washed the finished quilt. IT RAN. The quilt top was red and white. So, I suggest pre washing several times to be sure.

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    I had some red and blue fabric run on the white backing of a quilt when I put it in the dryer to fluff it up. I didn't think it would bleed with heat only. But I washed it with white vinegar and salt and most of it came out. And, no color came on the color catcher.

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    Back in the days of "Zumba" pants I learned that to retain the color and stop it from bleeding you should first put it in a salt water bath and that would set the color. I don't know if it would work on that fabric but it did work on all thos "Zumba" pants I made for my kids back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMD926 View Post
    Back in the days of "Zumba" pants I learned that to retain the color and stop it from bleeding you should first put it in a salt water bath and that would set the color. I don't know if it would work on that fabric but it did work on all thos "Zumba" pants I made for my kids back in the day.
    This is what we did with "Val Surf" shirts last century.

    Cold saltwater soak for an hour and then wash in warmwater with a piece of muslin
    Last edited by SunlitenSmiles; 12-11-2012 at 06:13 AM.

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    The instructions told me to wash it 1st in hot water 140 degrees...but did not tell me what to do after that...:/
    So, I am going to do what you all say and do another treatment of Retayne in hot water, then after that wash it in cold with a color catcher again...I sooo do not want to ruin this quilt so I will do whatever it takes to make my customer happy with his red backing that doesn't bleed hahaha thank you all so much for your advise it is soo helpful and I listen to every bit of it!

    This board is soo amazing and full of helpful people who have been there, done that, its soo nice
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