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Thread: Tangled frayed fabric edges when laundering?

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    Junior Member MCarleneM's Avatar
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    I am a fairly new quilter and am so proud of myself when I learn something on my own. Probably you "veteran quilters" already know this, but don't laugh at me. I hated laundering my fabric before using because of the tangled mess I had to undo when it was done. I had seen where some people zig-zagged the edges, but I am very lazy. Soooo, I saw my mesh bag that I have to launder panty hose in and got an idea (maybe not a brilliant one, but any new idea for me is wonderful). I now launder my fabric in mesh bags....they fray very little and hardly any tangling at all.

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    Great tip! Thank you.

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    Thanks for the tip, I hate washing fabric too, for that reason.

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    HHMMMM I may have to try this one!

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    I've been quilting for over 30 years and pre-washing all my fabrics... recently I discovered the "delicate" setting on my washing machine! Hardly any fraying! The fabric is a little wetter when the washer stops, so it takes a few minutes more to dry, but comes out so nice! I do use the mesh bags too for fat quarters or scraps.

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    I will try that. Thanks a million.

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    Thanks for sharing !! :-)

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    Thanks for the tips! It really is a pain to trim off all of those tangled threads.

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    I must try the suggestions here. I have always surged the ends before washing.

    Cindy

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    Good info to know! thanks!

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    Some time ago I learned that cutting a small diagonal piece (a triangle) from each of the 4 corners of the fabric prevents virtually all of the threads and tangles. Try it. You might like it.

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    OK...I will try this...thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea
    Some time ago I learned that cutting a small diagonal piece (a triangle) from each of the 4 corners of the fabric prevents virtually all of the threads and tangles. Try it. You might like it.
    I also clip the corners before washing, and it does help.
    I don't like to pre-wash but sometimes it's a must.

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