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Thread: Prewashing Large Fabric Pieces

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    I am prewashing two pieces of 6 yd fabric. In the past I pull it out of the dryer a big tangled spiral that is a pain to iron. Any tips on how to keep it from becoming such a mess?

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    yez yes yes and this works so nice


    accordian fold your fab and use safty pins and pin each side it works so good

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    oh folds can be a foot but maybe pin 3 places and the folding is selvage to shelvage you pin both sides

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    Thank you! Thank you! I knew I'd seen something somewhere on here about this, but couldn't find it anywhere. THanks for the tip. I'm going to try it right now!

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    Some people put the fabric in a pillowcase and tie off the end.

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    I would take it to the cleaners and let them wash and iron it. :thumbup: :D

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    I always spin dry, and then just take it to the ironing board and iron it dry, it doesn't take too long, and it comes out wrinkle free then. You are going to have to iron it anyway, so might as well do it while it is still damp!

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    What great tips. I never would have thought of pinning it. I'm trying that next time I wash fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    What great tips. I never would have thought of pinning it. I'm trying that next time I wash fabrics.
    Me too. What a neat idea. I usually don't put it in the dryer. I just lay it out flat and iron it.

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    I take my scissors with me and cut all the ravles loose as I take it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I always spin dry, and then just take it to the ironing board and iron it dry, it doesn't take too long, and it comes out wrinkle free then. You are going to have to iron it anyway, so might as well do it while it is still damp!
    when you iron two wet 6-yard pieces, don't they just drag all over the floor? if i did that i'd be washing the floor with them. i tried putting a laundry basket in front of the table but then i have to bend over to iron. do you know a secret?

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    fan folding and pinning--- so cool.
    what a great idea.
    thanks, I plan to try it the very next time I need to wash fabric.
    I always put small pieces such as fat quarters into a net laundry bag. That works great to.

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    I have heard of cutting a small corner off to avoid the tangles, but never tried it. My hubby pre-washes and folds all my fabric, I iron it:)

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    When the pieces are too long, I drape over the shower rod and use my steamer to loosen the wrinkles then let it hang until it dries. Much easier than ironing and keeps it off the floor.

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    Great idea! thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by schwanton
    When the pieces are too long, I drape over the shower rod and use my steamer to loosen the wrinkles then let it hang until it dries. Much easier than ironing and keeps it off the floor.

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    I use a basting stitch and stitch the two ends together using approx. a quarter inch. This keeps it untangled and easy to cut off the ends and the ravels. I have also been advised to not wash more than 6 yd lengths at a time if possible. It works for me every time.....

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    This group is so good about sharing. I learn so much just reading! I am glad "I Am Trying" started the thread. I wouldn't have thought to ask!

    Marilyn

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    If you have a serger, serge both ends; this works out very nicely. No threads to deal with.

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    I got a lot of pms about the cost of the cleaners doing big cuts of fabric. The local cleaners charged me $6 plus tax to wash and press 3 separate 7 yard cuts (backing) and gave me a coupon for one item done free for my visit. I don't like ironing big pieces of fabric at all.

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    are you having them laundered? or dry cleaned?

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    I do the pillow case too, and just use a large piece of something to tie off the bag so it wont get out in the dryer..what a pain to have all the ravel edges...what I hate is the ironing part of it..........

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    I like the idea of sewing the ends together!!! Thank you for this tip :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4dogs
    I do the pillow case too, and just use a large piece of something to tie off the bag so it wont get out in the dryer..what a pain to have all the ravel edges...what I hate is the ironing part of it..........
    i've never done that. i do a variety of other things depending on the length. how many yards can you comfortably get in one pillowcase in one piece?

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    I have use a zig sag stitch on the selvage ends before washing that keeps down the ravles. The first time I washed some fat quarters, I just washed and dryed in the dryer, what a mess. Didn't do that again. I like the ideal of pining it together and never thought about using a pillow case. Thanks, I got some to wash now, going to try these suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I always spin dry, and then just take it to the ironing board and iron it dry, it doesn't take too long, and it comes out wrinkle free then. You are going to have to iron it anyway, so might as well do it while it is still damp!
    when you iron two wet 6-yard pieces, don't they just drag all over the floor? if i did that i'd be washing the floor with them. i tried putting a laundry basket in front of the table but then i have to bend over to iron. do you know a secret?
    I do big pieces more often than I do small ones. (I usually buy fabric and then decide what to use it for, so have learned the hard way not to buy small pieces if I have a choice.)

    I put a dining room chair on the other side of my ironing board to catch the fabric and keep it off the floor, although not exactly wrinkle-free. Because I always iron damp fabric, I need to iron it twice anyway; by the time I've done the second pressing, hung it on a wooden clothes rack to finish drying, it is essentially wrinkle-free and has not mopped the floor.

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