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Thread: Newbie Needs Help/washing question

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    i always wash all my fabric before it goes into my sewing room it is a good habit to get in to it takes any doubt out about shrinkage and clor bleeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by penski
    i always wash all my fabric before it goes into my sewing room it is a good habit to get in to it takes any doubt out about shrinkage and color bleeding
    I also do it like that except I have a plastic box in which I put all the unwashed fabric until I can get enough to wash it. I have only tank water so have to be careful with it.

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    I prefer to wash all my fabric. For you I would definately wash the back and hope for the best with the top. You could always spray bottle wet the top and let it dry to see what would happen.

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    Wash your backing and iron it before you quilt. When you wash your completed quilt, use a color catcher just in case some of the colors on your top bleed. Nothing like red, black or turquoise bleeding onto white or a light fabric to ruin your quilt. It is best to wash your quilt in the bathtub because agitating the quilt in a top loading washing machine can make your quilt a wonky shape. Gently squeeze the water out, don't wring it! It is best if you can sandwich the quilt flat between 2 sheets out on the lawn to dry as hanging will really stress the quilting and seams because a wet quilt is heavy!

    I always wash and iron my fabrics before I cut anything to make a quilt. I want to get rid of the chemicals used on them to keep the bugs off in the warehouses. I have read in some quilting magazines that the fabric manufacturing companies are putting more chemicals in the fabrics now because the fabric is staying on the shelves longer.

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    Quoted below is my posting from May 07, 2010 re:108" wide cotton backing shrinkage: just a note of caution FYI.

    I bought 108" wide fabric for king size quilt backing at JoAnn Fabrics. It's 100% cotton so preshrunk it in hot water wash & dryer. Well, its width went from 108" to 92" -- 16" shrinkage in width! Called the JoAnn store & clerk told me "It should've 'only' shrunk 8 inches"! If I'd been advised of that before I bought it, I'd have selected a poly/cotton blend instead. I'd bought an extra 3/4 yard, thank goodness, so ended up having to cut the excess length off & turn it crosswise grain and sew onto the sides to get enough width. Then I washed it again, in hot water, and dried it again to be sure it's done all the shrinking it's going to do, hopefully!

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    As you can see there are those that always pre-wash and those that never pre-wash. I'm a never, doesn't mean my way is best but I agree with those who have suggested that you don't wash the back since the front wasn't. Wait until it is quilted. As to why I don't pre-wash. For one, I want to cut and sew asap and second, you really can't successfully pre-wash small pieces such as precut charms, strips so why do some and not others. Just my opinion.:) All pre-washers, keep it up-I admire your patience and perseverance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn6
    I am trying to finish a top that I made about 3 years ago. (Slow, I know.)
    Used remnants to piece this top, so not sure content of fabrics.
    I just added an additional 10 inches to each side in order to make it
    larger.

    Now I have purchased 100% cotton fabric (108" wide) to use for the
    backing. My problem now is, should I wash the backing? If I do, then should I also wash the top? If I do, I cannot imagine having to iron the top with all those little seams & tangled threads, oh, my!

    What is a newbie to do? Any help will be appreciated. Needing a little
    confidence building. : )

    Thanks in advance, Marilyn
    I always prewash all my fabrics. If you do this there is no need to wash the quilt top. After quilting everything together I do go back and wash the quilt. This way it has the vintage look when I give it away. I also give washing instructions to the receiver of the quilt.

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    I wouldn't prewash the top now, I would probably prewash the back .When the quilting is done wash it then but add Retayne, My quilts never run when I do this & I never prewash the fabric for my top as I like the crispness of the fabric the way it is. Sometimes I make an exception if I have a lot of black, dark purple, navy, or red in the top.

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    always wash before I start anything.

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