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Thread: Tips for simple embroidery on quilt/ concerned about washings

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    Tips for simple embroidery on quilt/ concerned about washings

    Hi there! I am working on my first EPP quilt and would like to make a block with a simple monogram in it.
    Will regular DMC floss make it through many launderings well? Any thing I should keep in mind to make this work well? This is a HUGE project for me so I am hoping it will last for some time Many thanks!

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    DMC makes good colour-fast embroidery floss. It should hold up well.

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    I'm guessing that you are using 100% cotton fabric for the quilt. DMC floss is also cotton. If you are envisioning many, many washings, both the fabric and the floss will probably fade a bit. With quality materials is should not be too bad. Keeping the quilt out of sunlight will be your best bet for preserving colors.
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    I've machine embroidered (hoop and non hoop) clothes for years. I just saw a current pic of my daughter wearing a nightgown I made 10 years ago. Threads are more likely to wear and pull out than fade. We use June Tailor's Fray Block on the back of the embroidery if it's covered by a lining, and iron on covering made for baby clothes if it isn't.

    You could use very fine cut away and leave it. Or the covering for baby embroidery.

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    Simple embroidery

    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    I've machine embroidered (hoop and non hoop) clothes for years. I just saw a current pic of my daughter wearing a nightgown I made 10 years ago. Threads are more likely to wear and pull out than fade. We use June Tailor's Fray Block on the back of the embroidery if it's covered by a lining, and iron on covering made for baby clothes if it isn't.

    You could use very fine cut away and leave it. Or the covering for baby embroidery.
    I have made many many embroidered baby quilts and they have been washed numberous times over the psst 25 years and the embrodery is still good on them. You should have no problem.

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    I have many vintage embroidered pillow cases and Dresser scarves that have been washed hundreds of times and the embroidery is still beautiful and the colors vibrant!

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    If I owned a quilt like that I would personally soak the quilt and only agitate it a couple of minutes and spin the water out. then repeat. most quilts don't need to be agitated forever to get clean.
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    I love the look at tied quilts, I guess because it reminds me of my grandmother. Anyways, I used DMC for tying quilts and also to embroider designs onto blocks. I fore see no problems
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    I have always used DMC and never had a problem.

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    You may want to pre-test the colorfastness of your floss. Some DMC colors and dyelots have been known to run, especially the older ones. Just do some sample stitches on white fabric and wash it. It could save you a future heartbreak.
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