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Thread: How do I dry batting after pre-shrinking?

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    How do I dry batting after pre-shrinking?

    I have about 10 yards of Warm and Natural I bought years ago and have not used it because it says to pre shrink it before using. I know I can soak it in Hot water in the bath tub on sheet to lift it buy but how do I dry it? I don't want it to fall apart before it gets put into my quilt and I don't think it will shrink all the way if I just dry it in the sun. It's going into a quilt thats for a gift so I don't want it to scrunch up too much when they wash it the first time. Oh yeah its 90" wide I'll probably cut off a little more than I need and only deal with that for now. Thanks for any help you can give me!!
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    I would put it in the washer to spin most of the water out. Then throw it in the dryer on warm to hot. I don't like the crinkled look on my quilts, so I always pre-shrink my batting.

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    I'm just the opposite. I love the crinkled look so I never preshrink batting, but I agree with Sandybeach. Spin cycle sounds like your best bet for getting the bulk of the water out and then I'd stick in in the dryer. I think I'd check the lint trap frequently just in case.

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    before I put the entire piece of ''raw'' batting in the washer/dryer, I would cut out a 12 inch piece and see what happens!! I think the top and backing fabric are needed to hold the batting fibers together.....

    I never pre-wash any fabric or batting and have very little shrinking issues....but I LOVE the old fashioned 'wrinkled' look that you get after that first washing and drying of a finished quilt

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    I preshrink mine ( warm and natural) all the time ... toss it in the dryer.. after you spin out the excess water! It one of the reason I buy Warm and Natural as it does hold up to the dryer. Do stop the dryer periodically and reposition... about every 8 -10 minutes.

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    I don't prewash my batting, but I seem to remember reading that if you do, then you put the batting by itself in the dryer, you end up with a huge ball of cotton, pretty much useless at that point. I hope you research this method before trying anything...perhaps you could baste it to a sheet, wash and dry it, then remove the basting?
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    I don't usually pre-wash batting, but I did once, just as Lori S did. W&N holds together very well.

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    I agree...spin twice and then pop it in the dryer. The scrim on W&N holds it together with no problem.
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    I have never washed batting either or pre-wash fabric. I have never had shrinkage problem. Thank goodness!
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    I use W&N all the time as well and have never pre-shrunk it. Guess I don't follow instructions well, eh? Then again, I like the crinkly look of quilts also.

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    If you are worried that it will scrunch up when the giftee washes it for the first time, after finsihing the quilt, wash it yourself. It will scrunch as much as it's going to.

    I always wash every quilt when I am finished and before I give it away.

    If you want no crinkle then follow the advice of the fine ladies here. (And still wash it before giving away!)

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    Thank you all so much for the advice I will try a smaller peice to begin with and see how it works out. I knew I could get great help from everyone, I will let you know how it all works out.

    This is batting I bought about 15 years ago and have just kept moving it around my sewing room and lost the instructions in the process all I could remember of the directions was to put it in a bath tub with a sheet under it to suport it. I have bought a pre cut about 2 years ago and it was pre-shrunk. I really need to use what I have in this economy LOL Again Thanks to all for your help
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    I'd cut it down to the sizes you normally use. 15 yards of anything is a lot of fabric for a washer or dryer. And warm and natural is wide too.
    I always rinsed my warm and natural and then dried in the dryer, makes it lovely to hand quilt.
    Not sure I'd do it for machine quilting at my level, might need that shrinkage to cover booboos~

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    I cut the W&N to about 10" larger each way than I need it when I am ready for it and then I shrink it. I have a front loader and I just use the water temp the finished quilt will be washed at and run it through the rinse cycle. I then dry it in the dryer, fluffing it frequently. It always comes out nice and I don't have the extra shrinking (as long as everyone follows the directions for washing.
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    I have washed Warm and Natural a few times. I have nothing to offer in addition to the other posts, except to warn you that when wet, it is very heavy.

    You can also get information from the Warm Company's website (warmcompany.com). They will warn against agitation and excessive spinning for that product. My washer is over 30 years old, and its spin cycle is not a powerful one.

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    I always preshrink just like Lori S. here but I even put it in my front loader sometimes and put it on the "presoak" cycle so it just flips it once in a while. Othertimes I soak it in my laundry tub, drain and spin it out but it always goes into the dryer so however it will get washed and dried after it is into the quilt, it will be fine. I've been doing it for many years and it hasn't ever balled up or came apart. do follow her advice on re-positioning it ever little while.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I preshrink mine ( warm and natural) all the time ... toss it in the dryer.. after you spin out the excess water! It one of the reason I buy Warm and Natural as it does hold up to the dryer. Do stop the dryer periodically and reposition... about every 8 -10 minutes.

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    You can soak it in the washing machine until it is saturated and then spin out the water, but do NOT allow the machine to agitate the batting! Machine agitation is really hard on a batting. While Warm and Natural might survive it, a lot of battings will not. The only agitation you would do is to press down with your hands. So add water, stop the machine, allow to soak, then advance the control knob to spin cycle. It's okay to dry in the dryer after excess water has been spun out.

    Edit: Oh, and you mentioned 10 yards of batting. I would cut it down to quilt-size pieces and do them individually. I wouldn't try to do 10 yards at one time!

    Oh, and I should add that Warm and Natural is needlepunched through scrim. That makes it very sturdy and is one reason why it won't fall apart if you pre-wash it. Some battings cannot be submerged in water at all because they will fall apart.
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    I would like to echo Prism99's reply and add that I have washed W&N batting in a front loader on the "hand washables" setting, spun and then dried on a lower setting and had no problems. If you are set on washing all 10 yards at a time, then maybe consider going to a laundromat which has larger front loading washers which will accommodate larger loads such as comforters and bedspreads. Let us all know how things go!

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    You can soak it in the washing machine until it is saturated and then spin out the water, but do NOT allow the machine to agitate the batting! Machine agitation is really hard on a batting. While Warm and Natural might survive it, a lot of battings will not. The only agitation you would do is to press down with your hands. So add water, stop the machine, allow to soak, then advance the control knob to spin cycle. It's okay to dry in the dryer after excess water has been spun out.

    Edit: Oh, and you mentioned 10 yards of batting. I would cut it down to quilt-size pieces and do them individually. I wouldn't try to do 10 yards at one time!

    Oh, and I should add that Warm and Natural is needlepunched through scrim. That makes it very sturdy and is one reason why it won't fall apart if you pre-wash it. Some battings cannot be submerged in water at all because they will fall apart.
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    I have put W & N in the dryer with no problem, got it off of a bolt at joanns they cut is, and it was filthy so in to the wash it went on gentle, in the dryer, and came out like new
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    I would only wash a 'quilt-size' piece of warm and natural batting at a time. (I somehow got the idea you were considering washing all ten yards of it at one time. If so, only in a very large laundromat washer and dryer)

    I wash it on gentle on a short cycle in hot water - spin as dry as possible - dry it on gentle with a perma-press setting.

    Turns out wonderfully well. I've even washed one piece twice - didn't fall apart at all.

    (I did wash a couple of battings that I thought would handle washing that totally disintegrated. Ugh! But Warm and Natural does handle washing well. I prefer the flat look.)

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    Is it true that if you put dry batting in the drier for a few minutes it takes out crinkles ,?

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    I would not bother to even put it in the tub. I would just fill the washing machine with warm or maybe hot water and let it soak. (My machine has a handwash cycle so I would use its rinse cycle but if you don't have that, just let it soak in the tub with no agitation.) Then drain and do a second soak if desired. This saves having to move the wet batting. Then use a slower spin cycle if possible to get out most of the water. Then dry in the dryer as suggested above.
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    Yes I have done this , but a add a damp towel to produce some steam ... it helps to get out the wrinkles and/crinkles. Do not do this with fusible battings.
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    Is it true that if you put dry batting in the drier for a few minutes it takes out crinkles ,?

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    Has anyone tried "washing" and drying Hobbs 80/20? I seem to remember being told it doesn't have scrim...so would it fall apart?

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    I have preshrunk Warm and Natural by machine washing on gentle, and then drying in the dryer. It didn't hurt it at all. However, it seems to thicken a bit as it shrinks, and makes a little bit 'fatter' quilt. I have pretty much decided I prefer the antique look of washing the finished quilt and letting it shrink and crinkle all together. Store bought quilts can't come close to that wonderful look!
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