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Old 03-12-2011, 03:19 PM
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Do you prewash your fabric before you quilt?
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:24 PM
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If you search you will find many, many topics on prewashing. It seems to be about half of people do and half don't prewash fabric before they cut it.
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Thus far I have always prewashed. I don't want to put all that work into a quilt and have one of the fabrics get wonky when washed.
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Yes, I do.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:27 PM
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Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. I definately do for flannels because they always shrink a little. But I like the 'crinkley' look the woven cottons get when they are washed for the first time after being made.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:32 PM
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Only if I think it will bleed. I like the wrinkled look in my quilts.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:35 PM
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No, unless it is flannel. I always pre-wash my flannels.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:18 PM
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I don't. I do, however, test suspicious fabrics for bleeding. (I cut a small piece off and drop it in water to see if the dye bleeds into the water, then rub the damp fabric against a piece of white fabric to see if any dye transfers.) If I find a bleeder, I wash that piece of fabric in Retayne to permanently set the color. It is very rare that I find a fabric that needs to be treated, but I am extra-cautious with reds.

Unless making a rag quilt, it's a good idea to prewash and machine dry flannel because it shrinks *so* much.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:24 PM
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Yes, unless making a rag quilt.

I do have a hand piecing project that I didn't wash - due to it being a block of the month program. Unfortunately, it appears that my hands are sensitive to something on that line of fabric. Crazy itching, though I'm ruling out that it was a side effect of stitching while watching my son play ice hockey.

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Old 03-12-2011, 10:28 PM
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ok thanks
I have never prewashed and never checked for bleeding either. I guess I have truely never thought of it bleeding or shrinking. Never had a problem.
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