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Thread: Pre-washing using a front load machine

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    Senior Member DirtyPaw's Avatar
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    Can I use a front load machine to pre-wash fabric separately then dry and iron?

    Thanks for the advice in advance.

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    I do. I serge the cut edges of my fabric first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    I do. I serge the cut edges of my fabric first.
    Could I just run a seam since I do not have a serger? That is a good point by the way that I had not considered.

    Thanks

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    Zig-zag would probably be better than straight. I have used pinking shears occasionally if I didn't have many yards to do.

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    I prewash all of my fabric and have a front loader. I already had a front loader when I started quilting and no one told me that front versus top was a condideration so have never done anything prior to washing. I just throw it in and wash.

    Now, I do admit that there is some thread tangling and trimming to be done before I dry it but I don't find that I lose anything significant.

    Tara

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    I always put fabric in a laundry bag or pillow case. Keep fabric from raveling so much. I have front loader, I like it better than top loader.

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    I have a front loader and haven't noticed anything different when washing compared to a top loader. Just remember to use very little detergent.

    I also prewash my warm and natural before using. Some say to use the bathtub method but no need to do it that way with a front loader! Much easier!

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    I clip the corners off on each end, seems to help a bit

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    My front loader has a hand wash cycle. It's very gentle on the fabrics and I don't have to do a thing to the edges to stop fraying. Some will of course, but so minimally it isn't a problem at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneG
    My front loader has a hand wash cycle. It's very gentle on the fabrics and I don't have to do a thing to the edges to stop fraying. Some will of course, but so minimally it isn't a problem at all.
    I also use the handwash or delicate cycle. I don't use soap, but there is a little bit of fraying.

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    The front loader machines are gentler on fabric than those with an agitator.

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    I've only had a front loader for two years, and I don't notice anymore thread boogers with it than a top loader. I think I'm going to stop prewashing, though, because it consumes so much more time and energy, and I'm not seeing any measurable shrinkage and my color catchers are coming out WHITE.

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    Yeah I use a front loader and change the spin speed to low then I take out the fabric and iron til dry.

    Works great!
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    If you clip corners the ravelings are less I'm prob going to quit washing also!

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    I have not had any issues with my front loader I have some in there right now. I have not done anything to them

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    You quilter are great! I have a front loader and never thought for one moment how that would affect my fabrics. I'm going to try the pillowcase method because for some reason it makes sense. My high speed front loader has been in storage since I've been in Europe but I am taking notes big time!

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