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Thread: Prewash batiks?

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    I have had batiks bleed a lot...I ALWAYS....ALWAYS...hand wash in hot water and then simmer them in sythrpaol.or Retayne (I forget which)..worth the time and effort...if I have small pieces I combine like colors to "cook". I have a front load washer so I can do them in my washing machine.
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    this list is so informative! I am going to wash my jelly rolls, I do have a spinner,give them a spin. Thanks to everyone for sharing,that's what it is all about!
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    I too use Retayne on Batik quilts, I do not pre-wash the fabric, I've never had an issue with color transfer as long as I've used Retayne in the wash water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kittyannart View Post
    I too use Retayne on Batik quilts, I do not pre-wash the fabric, I've never had an issue with color transfer as long as I've used Retayne in the wash water.
    You use Retayne on finished quilts? Really? Do you maybe mean Synthrapol?

    Retayne sets loose dyes wherever they are floating. It's intended to be used before fabrics are made into anything, iow, during the prewash. My guess is that none of your batiks have ever been of the bleeding variety and that's why you've had no problems. Lucky you!
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    It is interesting to me that I have heard many anecdotes (here on the forum and elsewhere) from people saying that quilt shop owners/employees have said there is no need to pre-wash or test for bleeding. It makes me doubt their experience or expertise. Do they say that in order to justify the high price of their fabric, maintaining that it is of the highest quality?

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    I prewash everything including Batiks. Haven't had any bleed yet but I sure don't like the wierd smell they put off when ironing them. I use just a little of my favorite scented detergent to cover the scent.

    Just checked out there site. They have absolutely beautiful fabrics but some of them are way pricey, as much as $9.99/half yard. Ouch!! And Yes, I said half yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed
    It is interesting to me that I have heard many anecdotes (here on the forum and elsewhere) from people saying that quilt shop owners/employees have said there is no need to pre-wash or test for bleeding. It makes me doubt their experience or expertise. Do they say that in order to justify the high price of their fabric, maintaining that it is of the highest quality?
    Interesting question, Dayle. And to take it further, I wonder why shop owners don't test it themselves. They could keep a yes/no data field right alongside their order history so they could tell customers, if asked, whether or not a specific fabric runs. It could easily be done without losing any fabric and only a small amount of time if combined with the prep of each bolt for the shelves. Just make a note on the invoice and do the data entry once a month or so.
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    I don't pre eash everything but Batiks really should be because of the dyes etc. Be safe not sorry! Have a quilting fun day!
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    I may not always pre wash all fabrics but I do "always" prewash these and hand dyed fabrics. I haven't used any additive in them but I do wash them just to make sure.
    Judy

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