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Prewashing Fabric- What to do with edges?

Old 01-18-2010, 11:41 AM
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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?
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:48 AM
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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
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:50 AM
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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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:19 PM
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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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:45 PM
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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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:56 PM
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:31 PM
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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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:43 PM
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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.
If you do decide to wash, use a gentle cycle and place in a pillow slip or washing bag. This will also help.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:30 PM
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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.
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