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    Getting ready to cut up some thrift store shirts for a quilt and am wondering should I prewash the shirts. Kinda think that I should but wouldn't they have already be washed and shrunk?

    Sheila

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    YES!!!!! You don't know what germs, pet hair, and what-not are on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbquilts
    YES!!!!! You don't know what germs, pet hair, and what-not are on them.
    Good point! Dang it, really wanted to get sewing now, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    Getting ready to cut up some thrift store shirts for a quilt and am wondering should I prewash the shirts. Kinda think that I should but wouldn't they have already be washed and shrunk?

    Sheila
    Thrift store stuff goes straight to the washer at my house, and a nice hot dryer.

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    I prewash almost everything before cutting it.

    Minimizes unpleasant surprises later.

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    Things I buy at the thrift store never make it past the laundry room until they have been washed and dried.

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    Yes always wash first. Never know were it has been. Plus who is touching it. Plus you never buy used shoes from thrift stores.

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    Deffinatelly YES!!!

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    Ditto ... straight from my car to the washer when I come home.

    Likewise, even new fabric goes right to the washer.

    This way I know everything in my home has been washed and is ready to cut when the notion strikes me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    Getting ready to cut up some thrift store shirts for a quilt and am wondering should I prewash the shirts. Kinda think that I should but wouldn't they have already be washed and shrunk?

    Sheila
    Thrift store stuff goes straight to the washer at my house, and a nice hot dryer.
    Me Too! Out of the bag, straight into the washer....

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    I have a sanitize cycle. Hot, hot water. then I starch, then I dry. I then 'deconstruct' down to the large pieces and cut into charms, 1/4 charms (2 3/4" squares) and 2.5" strips.

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    Yep, that's a definite resounding YES!!!

    Great fabric source!!

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    I would wash them & put a little Lysol in with the stuff. (I do that after camping)

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    Always wash anything that comes from thrift store.
    Bed Bugs can and do travel. Need I say any more.

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    When I was doing my Slipknot t-shirt quilt I washed all the shirts I bought. Didn't matter if they were brand new or previously used. If new they needed to be washed for possible shrinkage and if old they needed to be washed for lack of knowing where they have been before reaching my mailbox. I had a thought of a used t-shirt being worn by a really sweaty guy in a mosh pit at a Slipknot concert and that was enough to make me wash the shirt "just to be sure".

    So I would wash them. You never know where its been, who touched it, or if the thift store washed them first before putting them on the shelf (which I would hope they would!)

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    I wash everything I bring home from the thrift store. Bet they'll make a great quilt.

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    I work in a thrift store, & Im telling you, you really need to wash it, just trust me on this one!

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    Yes, absolutely, I always wash everything I buy in thrift stores, in dept stores, at yard sales, anywhere.

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    The thrift stores don't have the facilities to wash everything that comes into them. Actually they request that you wash everything before bringing them in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbquilts
    YES!!!!! You don't know what germs, pet hair, and what-not are on them.
    Most definately pre wash any and all clothing from thrift stores.

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    YESSSSS!!!!! Who knows who or what has been touching them in those stores!! Always wash them first thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    Getting ready to cut up some thrift store shirts for a quilt and am wondering should I prewash the shirts. Kinda think that I should but wouldn't they have already be washed and shrunk?

    Sheila
    I googled "how to clean thrift store clothing" and found numerous ideas.. the one that seemed best to me was to "use an enzyme cleaner along with your detergent". Others said to use vinegar with the detergent, then rinse the items 5 times! There doesn't seem to be an easy way unless you just wash in hot water and put them in the sun to dry.. hope this helps!

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    YES!!!! One word: bedbugs! :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    Getting ready to cut up some thrift store shirts for a quilt and am wondering should I prewash the shirts. Kinda think that I should but wouldn't they have already be washed and shrunk?

    Sheila
    I always wash the shirts I get. Then I use a seam ripper to take them apart. I remove the buttons and save them.

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    Prewash anything that comes from a thrift shop, just saying...

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