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Thread: Prewash Fabric or Not?

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    I always prewash, if only to get all the dust in the fabric out. Recently, I didn't prewash for one quilt. I noticed that my rotary cutter got dull more quickly than usual. I surmise it was the stiffness of the unwashed fabric that caused the blade to dull.

    Just one more thing to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyRose
    When I first began quilting, I was told to prewash the fabric before cutting. Later, the people at my LQS said that they did not. I came across some fabric that I had prewashed, and I would like to buy some complementary fabric to use with it. Should I prewash the new fabric, because the other has been washed already? If I mixed prewashed and unwashed fabrics, will it cause problems when the whole quilt is washed?
    I've mixed on alot of quilts. When I started in the late 70s everyone seemed to wash fabric, so I did. Stopped sometime in the 90s. I always clipped a small triangle on an edge when I washed, so I'd know.
    I've not had any problems from mixing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardis
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    Do you always prewash in a washing machine? As I have not done anything bigger than a wall hanging I do it by hand, now I wonder if that is not enough to wash out all the nasties. I have not had any bleeding.

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