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Red berry color bled onto white fab

Old 05-16-2017, 12:13 PM
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Default Red berry color bled onto white fab

My friend tried to remove blue water soluable marker from a hand appliqued block. Lesson number one was that she did not check for colorfast qualities in the fabric before she started to stitch. Then she used water freely on the block to remove the blue markings, AND the red berries bled onto the white. I have shown her how to use a slightly wet Q-tip and blow dryer to remove the blue markings on the other blocks. BUT, I don't have an answer for her, on how to get the bleed out from her first block, which was where this horrible bleed occured. I am hoping that someone on the Quilting Board might have an answer to help her! As always, thanks!
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:24 PM
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No guarantee but I was lucky when some black bleeded in my other fabrics.
I washed the quilt with some color catchers and all the bleeding was gone.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:17 PM
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I hope she has done only one block and can do something about the red fabric before she continues.

Sometimes dumping Dawn dishwashing liquid (full strength on the fabric) and rinsing until no more bubbles works.

By the way - I have had bleeding issues with EVERY color - not just reds.

I know some people swear they have never ever ever had a problem - but I have.
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:17 PM
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Me, too. Been there, done that!
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I would wash it with Synthrapol. I bought some hand-dyed fabrics, and that is what they recommend - the Synthrapol suspends the dye particles in the water, so they don't re-settle into the fabric.
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I've used Color Catchers (laundry aisle) to decent effect when I've had this problem.

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I always wash fabrics and finished quilts with up to three color catchers, I reuse them until they start falling apart. Everything comes out perfect.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:21 AM
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I never wash my fabric before cutting into it but I do starch it so I know beforehand if its going to bleed or not. Of course this happened before I started using starch and it was for my mother. I washed it, checked for bleeding and didn't see any so I thru it into the dryer. Then I found the red had bled onto the white. HORRID!!!!!! Someone here said go ahead and wash again with the color catcher and sure enough the red came out. So even through its been dried with heat sometimes you're lucky and it comes out using these color catchers.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:03 AM
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Thank you all for your quick responses. Nanachar
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