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Thread: Jelly Roll fabrics

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    Jelly Roll fabrics

    I know this has been asked before but, do you wash jelly roll fabrics before sewing it??
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    I wouldn't - you would have a tangled up mess if you did!

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    I have never washed them.
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    Noooooooo, you would still be trying to get them apart at this time next year, LOL.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I wouldn't & I usually prewash most everything. What a mess they would be!
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    Oh, that is right, like strings, they would tangle up. Thanks for the warning.
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    I have a jelly roll and do not plan on washing it.I always wash my fabrics but, not this.
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    if you are worried about any of the strips running you can test those strips- but not wash them all- if you do have a bleeder you can rinse it until it stops- then hang to dry- or wrap in a towel to absorb as much water as possible- then press -
    if you decide you need to pre-wash them using a mesh laundry bag helps keep the tangling and fraying to a minimum.
    it is a personal choice- but normally the manufacturers do not intend their pre-cuts to be pre-washed.
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    I have used many different jelly rolls and I have never pre-washed them - even some very bright colors and batiks - I have never had a problem yet. Just have fun with the jelly rolls - they really speed up the process and the colors always work together - it makes people think you have a great way with colors. Enjoy.

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    If one has OCD about washing things - one can sort the strips into colors - soak them in hot water - take them out and roll them in a towel to remove excess moisture - and hang to dry - if you don't have a drying rack - plastic hangers will work or the shower curtain rod or towel bars.

    I would not wash them in a machine - but a hot water soak will take care of any shrinkage and let you know if there are any dye issues.

    I know that over 95% of the people would not bother - but if one WANTED to, it can be done.

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    In addition to the tangles mess, you'd have the frayed edged to contend with (many jelly rolls are cut with pinked edges)

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    Your washing machine would probably spit them out!
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    The manufacturers don't recommend washing them.

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