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Thread: Ironed fabric changes color?

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    Super Member Central Ohio Quilter's Avatar
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    Has anyone else had fabric that changes color as you iron it?

    I have this nice HOT pink fabric I am putting into a quilt for my DGD for Christmas. I noticed that when I press it it turns purple. As it cools, it goes back to its original color.

    I have never seen fabric do this before. Anyone else?

    Is this an indication of a problem with the fabric? Is is going to run or fade more? I haven't washed it yet. Maybe I should have but it is probably too late now. It is all cut and sewn into the quilt. Should I be worried?

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    There is a chemical reaction happening with the dye and the heat. I would pre-wash it to make sure it doesn't blead.

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    This has happened to me before with a red fabric and also an orange one. I used it anyway and I had no problems wtih it. It didn't run or fade at all.

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    a lot of it does that, especially red, it is not unstable and will be just fine.

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    Back in the days when we had to iron all of our clothes, this happened a lot! Did I just date myself? Oh well...

    There is nothing wrong with the fabric, it will be fine!

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    Yes, I have a red I was pressing Monday night and it was changing to a darker shade and as it cooled it went back to the original color.

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    I have had that happen, too. Nothing to worry about.

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    Water will make the fabric look darker. Ever see that with your clothes as they come out of the washer?

    That's how I tell the fabric is dry after I iron it.

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    I just bought some Orange cotton for a piece I am working on and BOY am I glad I prewashed ( I dont actually wash, I soak it in hot water for @ 10 min ) then toss it in the dryer. Let's just say the water was VERY colorful!! First piece I have had to bleed in years! It also had a extreme color change when ironing as well.. but as u said, it goes back to normal when it cools.

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    Been there done that. Doesn't seem to hurt anything sometimes I turn the heat down on iron and still changes some.. just takes longer to iron.

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    I thought I was the only one that had "magic" fabric that changed colors with the heat of the iron. It does not happen often but when it does , I have to blink , and remind myself I am not seeing things.

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    Red fabric does this quite a bit.

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    yes i have. a dark red i had did that. but it always went back.

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    Me too, happens to lots of things, especially reds. Not a problem.

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    You should have not problem with fading. Heat can change colors temporarily, as it cools color will return.

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    A little scary the first time it happens but have seen it often with reds, oranges, pinks. Have had no problems when this happens.

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    I've had red fabric do that. I prewashed it and did not have any problems with it.

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    First time it happened to me I thought I burn't my material, what a relief when it wen't back to normal

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    Yes, pinks, reds and purples, some blues sometimes do that, after it cools, it goes back to the original color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    This has happened to me before with a red fabric and also an orange one. I used it anyway and I had no problems wtih it. It didn't run or fade at all.
    Me too. Never had a problem either.

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    It's mood fabric!

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    I am so glad you posted this!! I thought it was just me and my eyes were playing tricks on me. LOL! I always seem to notice it when I iron deep pinks or reds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Red
    It's mood fabric!
    How funny!!! :mrgreen: I loved my mood ring!

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    Yep, have had this happen. Especially with a bright gold fabric. Still have a little bit of it left so I can iron it on occasion and laugh at it turning color ... lol

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    I had this happen with some olive drab fabric I was using for a military themed quilt. Initially the color changed back, but I found if I pressed too long/too hot, it didn't return to the old color, and some was unusable (having turned a pink-tinged hue). I went back and got more, and pressed only on a very low setting. I would take care not to go too hot with it.

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