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Old 05-16-2013, 05:04 AM
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Hello quilters!

I am working on a cathedral quilt and bought about 15 years of broadcloth. I pre-washed and have been trying to iron the stuff, but some of the creases won't budge! Any tips to reduce wrinkles without ironing?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:43 AM
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I would cut it down into 3 yard pieces than throw it back in the dryer with a wet towel for a few minutes. Remove and iron. If that doesn't work than I would rewash the fabric (on rinise) , dry to almost dry and than iron. Others may have other options.
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Have you tried putting smaller sections of the fabric back in the dryer with a wet towel?
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Dakotamaid - great minds think alike! Same solution at the same time.
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Are you using spray starch?
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Thanks for the tips everyone! @mckwilter I am not using any starch, should I be?
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Personally, I think spray starch should be left until all the winkles are out or they could get set. It may depend on how big and "dense" the winkles are. Just my honest opinion.
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Iron while still damp. Check the content of your broadcloth also. I had one recently that had polyester in it even though it said 100 % cotton. How do I know? The iron shrunk it like crazy.
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Some people use starch on everything. I am not one of those people. I agree with dakotamaid that if you make one little oops while ironing, you could have a bigger wrinkle than when you started.

Before they came up with spray starch, Mom would prepare starch by mixing powder with water, then heating it on the stove. Then, all cottons that needed ironing were dipped in a watered down solution and hung out to dry. After it was dry, we would dampen the pieces with water, fold it up, wrap it in a towel, and let it "rest" in the refrigerator for a few hours before pressing with a dry iron. I'm telling you this because you can try duplicating this by taking the fabric, spraying it with spray starch, and then fold, wrap and refrigerate. The starch spreads evenly into the fabric while it is resting and irons smoothly.
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I would spray with water only on the worst places. Look up iron clapper and using a steam iron try the clapper. I star he'd some fabric and then dried too much the clapper worked took time but steam under the wood was great.
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