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Should I prewash fat eighths?

Old 02-12-2021, 08:08 AM
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Default Should I prewash fat eighths?

I generally prewash fat quarters and larger. I'm now about to open 2 packs of fat eighths (which I've never used before) and not sure if I should prewash. One reason for wanting to prewash is because all of my smaller leftover pieces are prewashed and ready to use in future quilting projects. Whatever is left over in my fat eighth project will also be used in future "scrappy" projects and at this point will be too small to prewash. And I don't want to mix prewashed and not prewashed in one project. But I do want to prewash to shrink down a little and to get out some of the dark colors. I just don't want to shrink down too much or lose a bunch because of raveling or have it turn into a wonky shape that can't be straightened. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-12-2021, 08:14 AM
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I soak smaller pieces in the sink in hot water and lay over the shower rod to dry, would something like that work for those?
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Old 02-12-2021, 08:53 AM
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I agree with Thimble. Prewash. Do you have a salad spinner? That's what I use to prewash small pieces.
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:00 AM
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I would. Perhaps it would be easiest to put the fat 8ths into a garment bag and wash them in the washing machine. I would think the lingerie bag would keep them from being thrown around in the machine too much.
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:12 AM
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I also use my salad spinner to wash my small pieces. I put hot soapy water in my spinner and swish them around a bit and then spin out the soapy water, rinse and spin again and hang to dry.
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:48 AM
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I would.

If your washer will allow you - i soak and wash and rinse the pieces in my kitchen sink - then I carry the wet pieces to my washing machine and set it to "spin" to get most of the moisture out.

For drying, one can lay the pieces on a towel, hang on a drying rack,, hang on a line,, or dry in a dryer..

i overcast the edges before washing- even relatively small pieces.

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Old 02-12-2021, 10:30 AM
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I prewash my fat eighths. I either zig zag or notch the edges to minimize fraying and wash as usual.
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Old 02-12-2021, 03:55 PM
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Thanks for the tip about edges on the fat quarters when washing. I have never done that but am certainly going to do it from now on.
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Old 02-13-2021, 05:32 AM
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I prewash mine, I wash mine in the sink and put them in the washer on "spin" and it works great.
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Old 02-13-2021, 05:58 AM
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Yes do prewash. I prewash everything. Do as the ones above stated.
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