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Ironed fabric changes color?

Old 11-17-2010, 12:40 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 12:43 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 12:44 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 12:46 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 12:55 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 01:15 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 01:25 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2010, 01:28 PM
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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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