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    I do not wash my fabrics at all. I am a new quilter but find fabric is easier to ork with if I do not wash it. When I give a quilt to someone I give them directions on washing and enclose a Shout color catcher.

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    I just gently hand wash my charm packs in my kitchen sink and I don't wring them out. I air dry them on my laundry drying rack in the bath tub. The first time I washed my first charm packs I put it in the washing machine!!!! The fabric fraid so much I had to go buy more fabric there wasn't much fabric left. I really don't use charm packs to often.

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    i've thought about using one of these for prewashing. it looks like it would work well and probably wouldn't cause so much raveling and wouldn't be very rough on delicate items. has anyone ever tried one?

    "http://www.lehmans.com/store/Natural...___23305?Args="

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    I'm with Suzanne - I prewash to remove the chemicals. I haven't experienced any side effects, but I don't want to either.

    I also prewash for bleed and shrinkage. I wash reds and blues, and all batiks twice.

    My fabrics are washed as soon as they enter the house, that way I never have to wonder "has it been washed", or wait to use it cause it hasn't.

    For these reasons the smallest piece of fabric I buy is a fat quarter. I wash them on a "hand wash" cycle and dry them.

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    I never pre-wash fabrics because I son't like the way they feel and handle after they have been washed. I only buy premium fabrics (always on sale) and I usually only buy Moda and I've never had any problems with finished quilts shrinking above the 2 to 3% that the manufacturer warns about. Premium fabrics are colorfast and if I have any doubt I'll cut a small piece and soak it in warm water to see if it bleeds. I always wash in cold water on gentle cycle and dry on the lowest settling of my dryer. Most manufacturers don't recommend pre-washing pre-cuts.

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    When I get home from buying fabric I always serge the ends with my serger and pre wash it so it is ready to go when I want to use it. Serging the ends prevents all the raveling.

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    I do not prewash if I am doing a wall hanging.

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    The only charms I've washed have been batiks and they didn't need it. I am washing fabrics less now if I am confident of the quality. I do wash WalMart fabric and JoAnn's solid quilting cotton - they just haven't got that one right and it's the same price as Moda at the LQS. I had to buy a piece recently to get the color I wanted. I lost 2" in width. 5% is too much shrinkage. Now I'm going to wash a quilt store one for comparison.

    I've always been a fabric washer, so my first pack of charms was an experience. I did soak one in hot water and put in the dryer. It was still 5".

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    Nope.. I'm too lazy to pre-wash.. Id rather be quilting.. So far no OOOOPS..

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    I get my charms and steam the crap out of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I do not prewash fabric.
    I always wash fabrics immediately after bringing them home,so as not to mix the new with the washed. Some cottons shrink more than others.

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    I just steam the charm packs. But I pre wash all fabric except if it is for chenilling.
    It will all come to you a little at a time.
    Some will say they never wash. If it is not the same fabric line they will all shrink at a different rate. You spen hours making a quilt and then you wash it and opps. Or you have colord that bkeed after you pieced the quilt...Opps again. I would rather pre wash and know it is colorfast and has shrank and my quilt will not surprise me later. I do also pre shrink my batting if I prefer not to have the crinkled look, but most of the time I like that look. Makes the quilt look like it is old....

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    I usually, almost always pre wash. My sister bought me some pre cut fabric. I just never though about pre washing them. will tell you how they turn out.

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    After seeing too many quilts ruined by not pre-washing, I always pre-wash. I've bought a few pre-cut fabric squares, but wash them in a mesh bag and then air dry them flat on a towel or keep them in the bag and dry in the dryer for just a while to take care of shrinking them a bit. I haven't had problems so far, and I like knowing that what I'm putting into the quilt won't change later. I know everyone has their own theories, though. Enjoy your first masterpiece!

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    I like to prewash. Small fabric pieces by hand and layed out on a towel to dry. Less distortion if at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiescraftshop
    Hand washing and wringing out the water may have distorted them. I pre-wash and dry everything. Smaller pieces in a lingerie bag. It's just how I prefer to do it.

    I hand wash and spin out the excess water and hang them on the line(No dryer) I have not have any trouble but I do put smaller pieces in a bag to stop shredding.

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