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Thread: HELP, Everything is RED

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    Super Member bjchad's Avatar
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    Synthrapol is a surfactant and so is dawn dish washing detergent but only the blue variety. It may be worth trying that as it is readily available and inexpensive. Learned about this in a dying class on Craftsy.

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    Super Member Twisted Quilter's Avatar
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    Kept reading about everyone's success with Retayne, soooooo, I gave it another shot. I had about 2 oz. of Retayne left so I just dumped it all in and sent it thru another wash. It finally worked! No more red. I am one happy camper.
    If you choose the behavior, you accept the consequences...Dr. Phil

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    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
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    So glad to know it was successful for you. Some fabrics just have so much dye in them it can take several attempts to tame the dye.
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

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    why not experiment and try to use the fabric and the bleeding to your advantage? pair it with a white or other light fabric - make a simple star or other design ensuring that the lighter fabric is in pieces large enough to show "dye creep", then wash to see what turns out....might be something really cool. local shop owner had it happen to her by accident- the dye seeped into the adjacent white fabric and made the most wonderful shading. If you're adventurous, it may be worth the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter View Post

    Just ran across the red fabric from 2012 that bled all over, even after about 6 washings. Really hated to throw it out because it was a such gorgeous red so, I decided to try it again,TWICE! Yep, still bleeds. It's going in the trash tomorrow.

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