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Thread: I Can NOT Get the wrinkles out of my fabric--no matter what. Do I toss it?

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    I Can NOT Get the wrinkles out of my fabric--no matter what. Do I toss it?

    So I am making a quilt that calls for a lot of white on white fabric. I have purchased 4 different fabrics to use. One fabric (I don't know the brand because it isn't marked on the selvage) came out of the dryer (mostly dry but a little bit of dampness) with quite a few wrinkles. It was a one yard cut. I immediately sprayed it with Best Press and pressed/ironed it and virtually all the wrinkles stayed.

    It has been sitting for a few days and I was going to start cutting it up today but it still has so many wrinkles and areas that look kind of "pebbled" from where it was probably pretty damp and then dried with the iron. I tried ironing it again just now and it doesn't seem to be helping anything. It is like these wrinkles and pebbling are virtually permanent.

    I cut a smaller strip of this same fabric last month to test the block and it did the same thing only worse since it was such a small piece it wrapped all up in its self. I have purchased 7 yards of this fabric so I am pretty dismayed that this happend.

    The good news is that the biggest piece of this fabric will only be 1 1/2 inches square (it is for an omigosh) so it probably won't be super noticable.

    After it is finished and quilted and then washed, I am wondering what this will look like. Should I proceed or toss it and get something else?

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    I think I would take it back from where I bought it. I would use something else.

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    crafty pat--I'm am virtually certain I am stuck with this fabric. The LQS I purchased this from (I believe it was maybe in February this year) has horrible customer service and as a result I don't even shop there anymore even though they are closer to me than any other LQS and have the best coupons. They would never take back this fabric for anything other than a very obvious manufacturers defect and even then, I'm sure they would require the receipt and be quite unpleasant about it. I purchase so much fabric at times that it would be very difficult to come up with a receipt for everything.

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    I have that same problem with my face! But really, get an old spray bottle and fill it with cheap vodka and water (I use 1 part vodka and 2 parts water). Got that advice from someone here and I may never go back to commercial starch!
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    I have a friend who used to work in the fabric industry that told me to use water and vinegar. I keep a spray bottle next to my iron with 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. I lightly spray, let it sit a minute, then iron. The smell disappears after a while.

    I had complained to her about a panel that had the fold crease down the middle. It took it out. Remember to press - not pull and push the iron across the fabric - it will distort it.

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    Tracy - to you occasionally spray into your mouth? LOL After a while I wouldn't care about any wrinkles - face or fabric!

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    From the 'good old days': Sprinkle it well with water and put it in a plastic bag for several hours, then press it with a very hot iron. If it's going to be a while, you can put it in fridge - seems to help with wrinkles, too. I would also use my spray starch when pressing. I am not familiar with Best Press.

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    I would try hand washing it in the bath tub and hanging it flat over the curtain rod until dry. See if that improves it. I would also trim a little piece off and do the burn test to check the fabric content. I don't think it will matter if wrinkled in such small prices though.

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    I've occasionally come across a fabric that just refuses to iron/press flat. There is just something about the way that it was manufactured that makes it stubborn.

    If it bothers you now - what makes you think it won't bother you next year or five years from now?

    Occasionally we get stuck/burned with something that is a dud. If possible, try to return it. If not, if you can - write it off as a learning experience - and I think most of us have had a few of those!!

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    If all the above info fails I had seen a purse pattern where you do that on purpose to your fabric. I have the pattern at home but I am out of town for a while if interested let me know and I will send the info when I get back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    I have that same problem with my face! But really, get an old spray bottle and fill it with cheap vodka and water (I use 1 part vodka and 2 parts water). Got that advice from someone here and I may never go back to commercial starch!
    This is definitely the best answer. If it doesn't work, drink the vodka.
    Seriously, I don't think you'll see the creases once it's been quilted, as the squares are so small.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I have had a piece like this in the past. And, I'm cheap. So I ironed as best I could so it was flat though you could see wrinkles. After it was done and quilted and bound, you couldn't tell. But, it's your quilt so you need to go with what your gut is saying.

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    If you are making an "Oh My Gosh" quilt, that is alot of work, I think I would use another fabric. The fabric content is questionable, and I bet the thread count is'nt good either.

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    If you don't like the fabric now, ditch it. That quilt it so intricate, don't make it harder on yourself with cruddy fabric.

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    I have been using Bounce Ironing Spray and it takes out every wrinkle with very little effort--inexpensive too. Its in the laundry products section of larger Walmarts and grocery stores=worth a try. Less than half the cost of Best Press!!!

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    My mom would spray really wrinkled clothes with water, then throw it in the freezer. Don't know why or if it worked, because I don't iron, if it's that wrinkled it goes back into the wash.

    I had some fabric that did that, I just ironed the wrinkles in really good and used it like it was meant to be permently wrinkled.

    Good luck

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    you ladies are just to funny. I can't stop laughing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    I have that same problem with my face! But really, get an old spray bottle and fill it with cheap vodka and water (I use 1 part vodka and 2 parts water). Got that advice from someone here and I may never go back to commercial starch!

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    The new Wrinkle Release sprays will work wonders. The homemade releasers just don't work as great as the commercial brands do.
    Got fabric?

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    I've had the same problem with some WOW fabric - also for my Omigosh pattern!!! I'm not too worried about as the pieces are sooooo small.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    Maybe it's not 100% cotton. I had some black fabric that did that and when I checked the bolt end, it was a blend.
    Bernie

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    I haven't made a OH MY GOSH but I would thing you have to be pretty precise with your cutting and piecing. Wouldn't wrinkles make precision piecing harder? I know if I do a "oh heck it will do" I end up usually doing it over

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    i have just started useing a spray bottle with filtered water and 4 drops of lavender oil i am amazed how well the wrinkles come out--also keeps me calm [i hate ironing]

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    There is a product called Downey Wrinkle Releaser that is not a starch but is used just for getting rid of wrinkles. I use it all the time on stubborn wrinkles. It's sold in the laundry aisle and not expensive. It may be worth a try before you replace all that fabric.

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    why not try the commercial products, if you don't like them you know you can bring them back and not have to deal with any snooty LQS ladies!

    Heck, if the wrinkly piece is big enough, try ALL of them and give us a consumer report!

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    If you washed it all in one piece, that may have caused the twisted up dried in wrinkles. In that case I would cut it into smaller pieces that are easier to manage (like 1 yard) and rewash and dry it. Heck, maybe just cut off one yard and try it. Good luck.
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