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    why do sum quilters wash quilt after they are finished
    bought one from usa all collours had run

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    i never pre wash
    if i think it might run i test it first

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    From what I've heard, fusibles do not adhere well to fabric that has been "softened"

    Some people are allergic to fabric softeners.
    Yep! But I always use softener because of the static.
    If I want to avoid static, I use a dryer sheet. It accomplishes the same thing, but doesn't leave the film on the fabric that a fabric softener does. I don't use softener simply because I don't use it on my towels. (Although there is no relationship.) If I'm not going to wear it, I don't use softener. I only use softener to avoid wrinkles in my clothing.

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    I took a couple quilting classes, and this is what I was taught

    Rinse your fabric only no soap no nothing

    dry fabric for about 15 to 20 mins, then it is easier to iron, as it's still damp!

    I have never questioned the teacher, as she is in a Guild!

    TreeFrog

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    I'm the oddball on this one. I do wash all my fabrics with detergent before using, and then (horrors!) use a softener sheet in the dryer. I'm a cheapskate and usually wash the new fabrics along with other colorfast articles to make a full load. I don't, however, use any fusible materials or basting sprays, so the softener doesn't matter much. I did start starching material before cutting, and so far the starch has worked well even with the softener. The vinegar softener is wonderful, too, because it doesn't leave any residues. I'll have to rethink the softener issue when I start doing some applique. I'm grateful you asked the question.

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    The reason you wash the fabric in the first place is to remove the "finish" put on by the manufacturer and to pre-shrink the material before use.

    If you use fabric softener you are adding back a "finish" which can make the material hard to applique, adhere to stabilizers, etc. You want your fabric to be free of additives/finishes and to be the finished size when you cut it and quilt it.

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    i dont because i want as many chemicals as i can get out of the material , but when i iron it i go crazy with the starch
    dont over dry it so much that you get a lot of static in the material sometimes i take it out of the dryer when it is just a bit short of being all the way dry and iron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    For a great alternative to fabric softener, use this:
    a small amount of vinegar in the rinse water. Just regular white vinegar. No joke! Your fabrics/laundry do not smell! And the vinegar helps with static too.
    I use a Downy ball, and put my vinegar in that. Have done it that way for a long time! :)
    Great idea Mariposa, Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxineB
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i don't prewash cotton fabric..never had a problem. i only prewash flannel because it shrinks more than cotton.

    i had wash/soak and air dry on a towel,batiks..because i have had the colors run.

    i wash after the quilt is all done, before it leaves the house..
    Do you pre-wash flannel if you're making a rag quilt? I thought it wouldn't fray if it was pre-washed.
    I prewash because I have had flannel shrink up on me. If you mix manufacturers, some may shrink more than others, voice of experience speaking here. Not fun when your quilt is warped!!

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    For those that prefer not to pre-wash, here are some of the things that MIGHT happen when they ARE washed.

    The fabrics might bleed (the dyes in the fabrics)
    The fabrics might shrink
    The fabrics might shrink unevenly
    The fabrics may become very limp and/or wrinkled when the sizing is removed

    In my experience, these things can happen with LQS fabrics as well as fabrics from chain stores.

    But hey, if you-all enjoy gambling - don't let me spoil the excitement and anticipation of the washing results.

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    I remember hearing not to use softners on childrens PJ's- makes them flamable. I stopped using altogether - so my clothes are rough????!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    For those that prefer not to pre-wash, here are some of the things that MIGHT happen when they ARE washed.

    The fabrics might bleed (the dyes in the fabrics)
    The fabrics might shrink
    The fabrics might shrink unevenly
    The fabrics may become very limp and/or wrinkled when the sizing is removed

    In my experience, these things can happen with LQS fabrics as well as fabrics from chain stores.

    But hey, if you-all enjoy gambling - don't let me spoil the excitement and anticipation of the washing results.
    Or not.

    If the dye isn't set in the original fabric it isn't likely to set in any fabric that picks it up, it'll wash out eventually.

    Cotton fabric is guaranteed to wrinkle and need ironing after washing.

    I've even used washed and unwashed fabrics in the same quilt. Couldn't tell the difference after the quilt was washed.

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    I said it's a gamble. Sometimes one wins. Sometimes one loses. Sometimes it's a tie (but not very often).

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    well, i've always had trouble with fusible web working for me - UNTIL this week when i actually WASHED my fabric like the directions said - PERFECT - bonded very well. DUH! surprising what following directions will do.

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    Thanks everyone. Interesting answers here. I guess it's a matter of personal choice for everyone.

    The reason I asked is because the fabric came from a house that hasn't been aired out in months and the fabrics had been stored for a long time, they smell musty.

    I've only washed a few of the pieces. Think the rest will be washed without the softener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyinNY
    Thanks everyone. Interesting answers here. I guess it's a matter of personal choice for everyone.

    The reason I asked is because the fabric came from a house that hasn't been aired out in months and the fabrics had been stored for a long time, they smell musty.

    I've only washed a few of the pieces. Think the rest will be washed without the softener.
    In that case, I think I'd wash all of the material. Musty material might mean there is mold ready to grow, or the smell might affect your lungs and breathing. Better to be safe than sorry.

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    Well. . . .I can tell you what happened to my fabric using a softener (good one). When I took the fabric out of the washer it had stains looked like it was oil stains. I will not do that again. Same thing happened with some clothes I washed.

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    I don't use fabric softener on ANYTHING. It's plastics and makes it hard for stains to come out. I think I will try the vinegar idea for the static.

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    Tennis balls in the dryer help keep things fluffy, tip from my 95 year old neighbor. I just Love this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyinNY
    When you pre-wash fabric, should you add softener?
    Personally, I never use fabric softener anyway on anything. I have those nubby plastic dryer balls.

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    I do seem to use fabric softner more often than not.

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    No softeners! They all leave a coating on the fabric. As far as static, your steam iron will take care of that.

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    I use vinegar in my rinse water.

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    why do you wash finished quilts and how do you get them in a machine

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    I don't wash anything until after it has been used. Haven't had any problems so far, after 150 quilts.

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