Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Prewashing Fabric- What to do with edges?

  1. #1
    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Santa Clara, CA
    Posts
    208
    Maybe this is just me because I am new, but I pre-washed some fabric last week and it came out of the dryer with edges that were falling apart.

    Does this happen to you? What do you do about it?

  2. #2
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,088
    Blog Entries
    1
    Do you mean unraveling?
    You can use pinking shears or a pinking blade on your rotary cutter.
    Some members serge the edges.
    Some clip each corner of the fabric to minimize the fraying.
    Some wash smaller pieces in lingerie bags

  3. #3
    MNQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    694
    I do a zigzag stitch as close to the edge as I can get. Prevents the tangled mess some! I've thought about picking up some pinking shears as well.

  4. #4
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    When I prewash I take a pair of scissors with me when I take the fabric out of the washer and cut all the strings off then.

  5. #5
    Senior Member redrummy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mount Vernon, Oh
    Posts
    707
    I also zig zag stitch the edges. I tried pinking shears, but still got a mess. So I sew and it comes out fine. A little time spent in prep saves so much in aggravation later.

  6. #6
    Marjpf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Greater Los Angeles Area
    Posts
    1,915
    I just sew a straight line as close as I can to the edge. I still get the occasional strings, but cut them off before I put it in the dryer.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Western Kentucky
    Posts
    97
    A serger is perfect for this very thing. Just serge across cut edges and no raveling in washer or dryer. If you don't have a serger cutting a small triangle off at the corners helps a lot. If I'm washing small pieces I also use a lingere bag.

  8. #8
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    Clipping the corner a bit really works! I don't understand why it works, but it does. I forget sometimes though and end up with strings.

  9. #9
    Member Stitching Cow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    17
    I don't normally wash my fabrics, quilt makers are a bit divided on this topic. Here is an article I wrote on the subject that may be useful.
    http://www.stitchingcow.com/about/us...uilting-fabric
    If you do decide to wash, use a gentle cycle and place in a pillow slip or washing bag. This will also help.
    Warmly Lenna

  10. #10
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,957
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Clipping the corner a bit really works! I don't understand why it works, but it does. I forget sometimes though and end up with strings.
    I don't usually wash my fabrics but when I do this works.

  11. #11
    Super Member Crlyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,813
    I don't wash my fabrics in the machine, I just soak in the wash tub, bounce them around a bit, wring by hand and hang in a shady area to dry. I don't seem to have any problems with unravelling.

  12. #12
    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Headed home
    Posts
    2,417
    I have zig zagged the edges. I recently started washing fabrics on the handwash cycle, and dry them on the sweater rack that fits in my dryer. (attachment that came with it.) I had very little raveling.

  13. #13
    NoMoreTwist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    9
    If it's cotton, or a cotton blend, I wash, dry, and press--no surprises later. I serge the cut edges, I have also zigzagged, both work fine. Good luck :)

  14. #14
    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    Posts
    7,897
    I don't wash it.

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Grays River, WA.
    Posts
    203
    I soak to test color fastness and usually use a stabilers in a pot of 140 water first. I change water till water is clear then dry on line and that is when fraying happens for me.

    I got a ripply, zig zag blade for rotary cutter and that works great but I always cut edges.

    If you don't wash, when done, I would recommend a product to remove excess dye in washing machine.

  16. #16
    Senior Member cindyg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cypress (NW Houston), TX
    Posts
    583
    I use my pinking shears on the cut edges.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.