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    I usually sew the ends of yardage cuts of fabric together before washing to keep from having too many ravels, but what do you do with fat 1/4's and those jelly rolls?

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    put them in a mesh laundry bag to wash.

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    I don't prewash my fabrics.

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    I don't wash FQ's and Jelly rolls.

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    I don't have a problem washing fat qtrs and charm packs, just jelly roll's, so I avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Baby Yow
    I don't have a problem washing fat qtrs and charm packs, just jelly roll's, so I avoid them.
    You wash charm packs????

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    Don't wash any of my fabrics. Kinda think it stresses the fabric too much, but there is no scientific evidence of this! :-)

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    I quickly run the raw edges thru my serger. Works like a charm, no ravels at all. Then into the washer they go, with a color catcher.

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    I've heard if you snip the corners off of a fat quarter it won't ravel, but I've not tried it.

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    I do not wash my fabric before I sew it.

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    I snip the corner of FQs, then put into mesh bag..for fabrics more than a yard, I serge the ends.

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    I pink the edges. It is cheap, fast and works great. There is no warping from pulled threads, etc. I also throw the fat quarters and fat eighths into a mesh bag or pillowcase to wash.

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    I separate FQs and put 2 or 3 into mesh laundry bags. Luckily, my washer has a very gentle - hand wash - setting, so I use that. Snipping off a corner at the selvages helps some to avoid long ravels. I just soak charms, but don't buy jellyrolls (at least not fabric ones!!) I include color catchers when I wash colored fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I don't wash FQ's and Jelly rolls.
    I don't prewash anything. But for the IRR, I would put the piece in a bowl with hot water and a drop of dishwashing liquid, swish it for a couple minutes, then rinse in cold water, wring by hand and then iron dry. No raveling. Unless it was Moda fabric. That ravels like crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    I've heard if you snip the corners off of a fat quarter it won't ravel, but I've not tried it.
    I haven't tried this either. I never did anything to the cut edges until I read it here on the Board. I had some heavy woven fabric that needed something to keep it together so I machine basted along the cut edge. My fat quarters I threw into a small mesh bag - those came out good. Still haven't done anything with my cottons though. I have a front loading machine and I've noticed that I don't get much fraying. :thumbup:

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    I never prewash anything but stuff I get from thrift stores or garage sale. Any quality fabric from my LQS is not washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts
    I never prewash anything but stuff I get from thrift stores or garage sale. Any quality fabric from my LQS is not washed.
    Those are the only fabrics I prewash too!!!!

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    mesh bag or an old pillow case

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    I'd just soak the strips in the sink. FQ's you could soak too but I wash with the rest of the stuff. Most times there's shrinkage and some wonkiness after too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter2B
    I have a front loading machine and I've noticed that I don't get much fraying. :thumbup:
    After switching from a top loading to a front loading machine I've noticed the same thing. I'm delighted!

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I don't prewash my fabrics.
    Same here.

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    I don't wash any of my fabric.

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    I never heard about snipping the corners. I will try that. I use the genlte cycle, somefray, some dont!

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    I am an old woman and don't have time to spare in washing and ironing fabric before I sew it.

    With working full time and 2 children at home (a 77 yr old and a 16 yr old)I don't have enough time as it is to quilt like I want to.

    delma

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    i used to prewash 30 yrs ago.then as I was buying more and more fabric and had a family at home it cut greatly into my sewing time.the qtys I buy in I would be washing and ironing for more than the rest of my life.I have cut a snippet here and there and soaked in water to watch for bleeding on batiks,so far none have been bleeders.

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