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Old 06-07-2012, 04:55 AM
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A year or so ago I did about 2/3 of a jelly roll top, then was so bored with it I put the project away.
I did not prewash the strips.

Now I see all the strips I have left to use are all wrinkled. Is there any way to remove wrinkles without shrinking the strips?

I don't know what to do - what are my options?

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:16 AM
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I don't see why they would shrink if you press them with your iron!
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:20 AM
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Use a little spray starch? That helps get the wrinkles out when ironing.
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Iron, dont steam. should be fine joyce j
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:48 PM
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Spray them with a spray bottle, and lay them straight out on the ironing board. The spray relaxes the wrinkles and the dampness helps (about 15 minutes later) with ironing.
If your fabrics are noticeably shrinking with just that much handling, you might have bigger problems than wrinkled strips, in my opinion.

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Old 06-08-2012, 02:04 AM
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Thanks all.

I asked because pressing with dry iron didn't do a great job and I was under the impression steam would shrink them. Thanks again
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this is where my opinion will differ......before I cut fabric into strips ( I personally do not like precut 2 1/2 inch strips as they have never been correctly cut, too narrow or wonky! ) I always use a LOT of Magic spray sizing and iron that piece of fabric from the right to the left, top to bottom, around in circles....any way I want to iron, I do....adding more sizing as I iron......then and only then will I begin to cut my squares or stirps. In the 20 pluls years of quilt making, I have found that this will ''shrink'' the fabric and I get almost no shriking or puckering when the finished quilt is washed and dryed. I do use color catchers as this will not stop bleeding fabrics but IMO, it will cause the weave of the fabric to ''tighten up' and give me a true cut of the fabric. For a lap/snuggle size quilt, I would use at least 1/2 a can or more. I just finished a Queen/King size and used 2 full cans......not only while pressing fabric before I cut but I also spray....lightly now.....as I am pressing the blocks after joining 2 pieces together. I also iron with sizing, the entire backing fabric, so it does take a lot of sizing but it is still less than a dollar at Walmart!!!!!!! and it does NOT gum up your iron.....
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