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    After you wash and dry your fabric do you have a hard time getting all of the wrinkles out? Do you just dry until it is still a little damp? Sometimes it is just too wrinkly and it seems like it take me forever to iron.

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    I like to iron when it is still fairly damp. :D:D:D
    Even then there can be stubborn wrinkles that I spray into submission with water :wink:

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    If it's 100% cotton you can use a hot iron with steam. I also keep a little spray bottle of water handy and spritz as I iron.

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    Ditto for me.

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    me 3 !

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    Thanks

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    If you live where you can hang the wet material outside to dry you will have fewer wrinkles and then you only need to press it. Sometimes that isn't even necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I like to iron when it is still fairly damp. :D:D:D
    Even then there can be stubborn wrinkles that I spray into submission with water :wink:
    i wish this would work on the wrinkles on my face! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel

    i wish this would work on the wrinkles on my face! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Eat more, they'll fluff.

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    I also use a little spray bottle and a steam iron for my SUPER stubborn wrinkles. The spray bottle works perfectly for me.

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    I dislike ironing fabric. I think our local cleaner is having less business then usual. I wonder if I could get my yardage washed and pressed reasonable there.....I think I will call Monday and make a deal. Imagine having all my yardage washed and ironed professionally, that will be a big time saver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by blahel

    i wish this would work on the wrinkles on my face! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Eat more, they'll fluff.
    I know...but I'm outgrowing my furniture!

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    I remember my mom doing this with the ironing when I was a kid. Needless to say that was a LONG time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I sprinkle it, roll up in plastic and put in the freezer overnight- irons great that way.
    I put my fabric in the freezer too. I put in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out and then I fold it and freeze it and it is so easy to iron and comes out so nice. If I am hand washing a few fat quarters I roll them in a towel before I put them in the freezer.

    LOL I first discovered this years ago when I used to iron my husbands shirts. I never used to get it all done and I put the shirts in the freezer after I sprinkled them so they didn't get mildew.

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    I used spray sizing. It takes all those little wrinkles out of the fabric quick as you can snap your fingers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I like to iron when it is still fairly damp. :D:D:D
    Even then there can be stubborn wrinkles that I spray into submission with water :wink:
    i wish this would work on the wrinkles on my face! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    You and me both LMBO My grands learned how to count by using my wrinkles :roll: gotta love them :D:D:D

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    LOL. I read the posts about putting fabric in the freezer. I have never done that and I am afraid if I was to do it that my husband would think I had finally gone over the edge.

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    I have heard that too...but my freezer doesn't have that much room when I wash a bigger amount it seems like it would take longer than I would want to wait to get er done :D:D:D

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    I never thought of putting it in the freezer.

    I never dry my fabric completely. I put it in the dryer to fluff and get out the worst of the wrinkles.

    I use a spray bottle on tough to remove wrinkles and a good steam iron. I also use a light spray starch on the fabric to replace the sizing that's washed out. I don't like fabric shrinkage or bleeding after the quilt is made so I prevent them. Surprisingly I have more fabrics that bleeds from the LQS than from Joann's. So every new fabric goes into the washer as soon as I get it home. Then ironed and refolded before being stored by color family.

    I tend to be in color moods when I shop. So lots of greens one day and oranges or whatever another. Mostly they can go in the same washer. I tie it in old pillow cases so it has less fraying. Every fabric goes into a dish tub of water for 10 minutes before it goes in the washer; so I can identify the bleeders and take action if needed.

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    yes i do too! remember the glass bottle cap that goes over "pop" bottles that had a sprinkler in them? ut oh marking my age! lol

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    I don't just remember those used "ketchup bottles" filled with water and a metal sprinkler at the top--I used them. Is that dating me or what! When I worked in the Pentagon, my roommates and I used to "freeze" our laundered laundry as well. It did ease the ironing a great deal. I never thought about doing it with quilting fabric. What great tips we get on this Board. Thanks gals.

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    Downy wrinkle release really helps; especially on the folded edges of fat quarters or yardage.

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    This is so true...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj
    After you wash and dry your fabric do you have a hard time getting all of the wrinkles out? Do you just dry until it is still a little damp? Sometimes it is just too wrinkly and it seems like it take me forever to iron.
    I use Mary ellen's Best Press when I press washed fabric - takes the wrinkles right out and gives it a nice 'hand'.

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    The ONLY fabric I prewash is flannel. Sometimes I'll wash a red fabric if there is a lot of it in a quilt with white, otherwise I wash the completed quilt with Color Cathers. Cuts out a lot of ironing and solves that deep set wrinkle problem.

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