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Thread: PRE-WASHING FABRIC

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    Super Member nanna-up-north's Avatar
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    I have always been a prewasher. When I purchased the fabric for the last quilt I made, the quilt shop owner told me not to wash it. Instead she said to use color catcher when it was washed. It was a lot of fabric for a king sized quilt so I followed her advise. She said that good quality fabrics will not bleed. She was right .... no bleeding but when I washed the finished quilt the shrinkage factor kicked in. The quilt had the look of an old quilt and that was the look I was trying to get. So it was fine...... but, if I don't want that crinkly look, I'll prewash again.

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    I prewash.............that being said, it comes from experience of having colors bleed, then your quilt is ruined.
    I've always "prewashed", course that didn't help a quilt that was a wedding present that I did. It took some soaking and OXY clean to get most of the blue of the yellow and the yellow out of the white. And these two fabics were washed/dryed twice before the cuttin' and quiltin' began.

    I pre-wash panels and strips(you wouldn't believe the colors that bleed) in a big bowl of HOT water and then rinse in cold, roll up in a towel to get most water out and throw in dryer with towel and extra dry towel to assist in drying quickyly. Have very little strings from edges being a problem this way too.

    Another thing to add is the "Color catchers". These work wonderful, but I still prewash. After the blue/yellow fiasco, I learned my lesson. Not taking chances.

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    I always prewash every piece of fabric I get. I don't want any bleeding, shrinkage or chemicals in my work. Not healthy to breathe or handle all the chemicals and sizing.
    My opinion.

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    that is the reason i pre wash all my fabric

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    I prewash all my fabrics so there's no need to worry about uneven shrinking when combining yard goods from different lines or companies. Don't prewash the Warm and Natural cotton batting though...I like the crinkly looks it gives after the quilts final hot wash.

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    I don't prewash because I have a lot of precuts (other than fat quarters) and don't want to end up having to buy new yardage to use with it.

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    What I discovered is this:

    Prewash - Avoids surprises like fading, bleeding, unwanted shrinkage. Also when quilt is washed later, it maintains the same appearance as when it was new. Also, the manufacturer doesn't always get the fabric folded and rolled onto the bolt square so this gives me a chance to re-square it before I refold it. Can be an inch or more off in a single cut. (Hold it selvage to selvage let the fold fall, is there a diagonal "bubble" in the fabric? If so, slide one of the selvages right or left - when it hangs completely flat, it's right. Now look at the cut edges again. 85% of the time, I've lost some usable fabric from the original cut. Can't discover this unless you prewash.
    So strips you cut, may not actually be on the straight of grain and sometimes this shows.

    Not prewashing - Risks surprises above, but when washed gives that aged, crinkly look that many quilters love.

    As for me, I put far too much time into the piecing and quilting - I don't want it all ruined by a nightmare surprise - it's just not worth it.

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    I prewash because when I started sewing clothes some 40 or so years ago, fabric had no problem shrinking or bleeding on me. I still don't trust the fabric industry enough to cut without prewashing.

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