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Thread: Need help please! Yards and yards of wet fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I would just wash and dry as quickly as possible and worry about the edges later.
    I agree wash it quickly and dry it worry about the edges later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy N
    I would load it all into the car and drive to the nearest laundramat and utilize every machine they have to wash it all at once by color family. Throw a color catcher in every load and a cup of vinegar. then you will have the large folding tables to fold the fabric. Take your scissors with you so you can trim off the stringies as you fold it. It will be a good morning's work but will make your life so much easier than trying to do it a load at a time at home. Good luck, if you were nearby we would all help.
    That's a good idea.

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    making quilts since 1976...i have never stitched edges of fabric before washing it. i throw it in the wash i throw it in the dryer...if it is small pieces (smaller than a fat quarter) i put it into a mesh laundry bag, other than that i just wash it. and yes, some does fray, and some does shrink...that's one of the reasons i wash it in the first place. when it comes out of the dryer i set up an ironing board and a small cutting mat side by side, i trim/clean up edges and press it all...sometimes i make an afternoon of it and just really enjoy touching it, admiring it, dreaming of the wonderful things it may someday become.
    just get it washed and dried before you have real problems (like mildew) and maybe you could use rubbermaid totes in your cabnets to protect your fabrics from moisture?

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    If it is going to take several loads to wash it all, you can put the other fabrics in trash bags and put them in the frig. This will prevent mildew from forming while waiting for their turn in the washer. Clipping the corners off does stop a lot of unraveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    You can also clip a little triangle off of each corner. This will keep it from raveling. Good luck. Just think how nice and clean it will be when you are all finished.
    Yes, clipping the little triangles on the corners helps tremendously!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy N
    I would load it all into the car and drive to the nearest laundramat and utilize every machine they have to wash it all at once by color family. Throw a color catcher in every load and a cup of vinegar. then you will have the large folding tables to fold the fabric. Take your scissors with you so you can trim off the stringies as you fold it. It will be a good morning's work but will make your life so much easier than trying to do it a load at a time at home. Good luck, if you were nearby we would all help.
    Good advice - along with using the front loading machines.
    You will probably have some raveling, but it's better to lose a bit on the ends than the whole piece.

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    Bummer that this happened! :( Hopefully, you will be able to get this figured out, and have wonderful cabinets. (and no water!) Can you store some fabrics elsewhere??

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    Have you thought of getting a sump pump for the basement?
    They are not that expensive and would save future flooding of the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne Lenore
    Have you thought of getting a sump pump for the basement?
    They are not that expensive and would save future flooding of the basement.
    She said water came through the walls into the backs of her cabinets.

    Would a sump pump take care of that?

    If I understood her posting correctly, she had stuff up off the floor.

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    I had a basement that I didn't know it leaked plus the sewer backed up and all my fabric got wet. Had 8 inches of water in the basement and all the fabric on the bottom of 2 10 foot shelves that were 4 inches of the floor got wet witch was half of my huge stash on them. I went right to the laundry mat with it for a full week and used oxyclean and dreft laundry soap to wash it in. I air dried a lot of the fabric on the clothes line. Spent a full 3 weeks ironing all the fabric. Thank God I had renters insurance and got a check for $5200.00 as other things in the basement got recked.

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    So sorry that this happened to you! Texas isn't much different from W. Tenn. about the basements..none here, they don't know how to build them or what they are for!

    I can't offer any new advice about the washing..just wishing you good luck with it...wish we were closer to help you!

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    I didn't think anybody in Texas had basements, when I asked for one that's exactly what my husband said would happen, the walls would seep.

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    I don't have anything to add to the great advice already given but would like to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. It's fun to visit your fabric but not if your afraid of loosing it. Let us know how it works out.

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    If there is any possible way you can throw that fabric in the sun, hang it on the fence or make lines..the sun will help if meldew is anywhere....

    the sun is hot right now you should be able to dry quickly. I keep my fabrics and books inside the house in closets and drawers.

    I once has some box covers with lots of decorator fabrics under the bed and the toilet overflowed and I had to do the same thing.

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    done i find that things do not fray as muchor tangleo you have mesh bags, or could get some material and make

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    You can also clip a little triangle off of each corner. This will keep it from raveling. Good luck. Just think how nice and clean it will be when you are all finished.
    I've used this method to keep mine from unraveling and it really works well.

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    Same here.
    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I would just wash and dry as quickly as possible and worry about the edges later.

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    I have had a flooded basement and soaked scraps, I just washed them and dried them then had scissors to cut all the tangled strings as they came out of the dryer, from there they went right to the ironing board, that was a few years ago, fabric scraps still nice and crisp when I digsg them out to use them.( I had like 3 large trash cags full someone gave me.)

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    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and comments! I just put the 16th load in the wash and have over half of it ironed and folded. I do have a front loading machine and the fabric isn't getting too messed up. Some of the fabrics are better quality than others and some of those don't even need to be ironed. I'm sure happy about that!

    Some of the fabrics bled onto other fabrics. I'm trying to figure out how to get that out. Does the color catcher (or whatever it's called) pull out that dye? When I'm doing regular laundry and something bleeds I just rewash the discolored items and the second washing takes it all out. A quilt my mom made for me was white with red stars that bled and I just rewashed it immediately and it all came out. However, this mess has been sitting there for over a week. I'm still hoping that's all I have to do. Cross your fingers for me!

    I always like seeing everyone's quilts in their posts so I'll include these pictures of one of the quilts I just finished for my almost 2 yr old grandson. Front and Back.
    [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y16...led-9418-1.jpg[/IMG]
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    Thanks again!

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    Go ahead and wash it. You can trim the threads after.

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    oh my.. does your problem bring back memories.. I also have my sewing room in the basement.. I had nearly the same thing happen to me.. I was so upset..

    I took the piles of dripping fabric upstairs in laundry baskets.. some of the long pieces I left folded and used safety pins to pin the folds together.. small pieces I put into mess bags.. and I began to wash them with white vinegar in the water..

    The thing to realize is that what's on the fabric is water.. so you don't have to agitate them like you would if you were were washing play clothes.. All you need is warm water, a bit of laundry soap, the vinegar, the shortest wash cycle your machine has.. and then spin them out really well.. some I even turned the knob around and sent the load through a second high speed spin.. the spin doesn't tangle or ravel your fabric, it's the agatation that causes you problems..

    I un-pinned the fabrics I put into the dryer.. some of it I spread out on the floor, on the back deck.. every place I could find.. I had so much I didn't dry everything iin the dryer bone dry.. but took it out half dry and spread it out someplace to finish air drying.

    I was surprised that all I really lost was a lot of time and some soap and water.. Wish all that lugging up the stairs and washing, drying, & folding would have taken a few pounds off, but I didn't even lose that!!

    I know it's a horrible mess, but just don't let it sit and it will all be okay.. Fabric is too expensive not to take quick action on.. I hope your mess comes out as well as mine.. If I were closer, I'd come give you a hand.. I know it's a lot of discouraging work..

    On the plus side, you get to review your stash up close and personal.. and you can even actually get your stash in good order before it's all said and done. Good luck!

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    Judie, (my mom's name spelled the same!), so you know what I've been through today except mine has been wet for over a week a smells horrible so I did let them go through the whole wash cycle. Thanks for posting your experience and the thoughtful offer to help. :)

    I posted an update at the bottom of page 3.

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    16 loads, eh? That's a lot of washing! Glad you are getting through it. Would you consider getting tanking in your basement (its a moisture proof membrane inside the walls and floor)

    I am sorry to say that, if the walls are prone to seepage, I would not store fabric there, even in plastic containers- the air will be damp and that will get into it one way or another, unless you have mechanical ventilation or a dehumidifier going.

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    So sorry for your basement troubles, nice when they are not damp. I have a basement also and store my stash there. I found the fabric draws moisture from the damp surrounding. I store all mine in plastic containers. Happy quilting when this all behind you.

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    Cindy, I am so sorry this happened to you. I wish I was home in south TX right now, I would come help you wash, dry and iron your fabric. But I am in FL till Dec.
    While living in MN our basement flooded once and all my fabric, hundreds of dollars of yarn, and a lot of scrapbooking supplies were ruined. So my hubby put water proof paint on all the walls, and built shelving to keep everything off the floor. We waited 5 years to make sure the paint worked and then we finished off the basement. We never had any problems again.

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