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    I spent too many years, prewashing fabrics & ironing. if I don't have to do it and I can use a color catcher that is what I am going to do! Each to their own I guess. I want to enjoy what I am doing and I have yet to have anything bleed but a batik piece in a scrappy quilt. Not a fan of batiks myself and less now, I like my process that I have in place and no plans to change it. It works for me. I don't mind the cost of color catchers, they do the trick for me. As I said each to their own.

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    I always WASH .
    I hate to speend soooooo much time on somethings,
    and see it all runny colors or severely wrinkled or
    misshapened after it is fiished & then washed.
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    I use color catchers when I prewash and a medium/hot dryer. I don't like handling the fabric with all those chemicals. If I am not using the fabric immediately, I smooth the fabric and fold. When I am ready to use the fabric, I starch and iron. I starch several times and it makes it feel like new fabric and it is so much easier to handle.
    It is what it is ...deal with it.

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    Enjoyed your recap! Thanks so much for the reminder about the watercolor batiks. I'm about to start a project using that and I do happen to have Synthropol and Retayne on hand. I usually pre-wash also, but I will be paying extra special attention to my batiks. I'm all about preventing irreversible mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Back when I was learning to sew, Mom tought me to always be suspious of Red , and Purple fabrics for bleading. Since my sewing constisted of garment making preshrinking was manitory. Remember all that gauzy type fabric of the late 60's early 70's looked great on the bolt but shrunk and wrinkled like no other. Learned my lesson the hard way after making a shirt out of that fabric as I did not want the pain of getting all the wrinkles out prior to construction from prewashing. Well after all me work .. only was able to wear it once ... it shrunk about 20 %.
    Then came the world of Poly and the need to preshrink was now a thing of the past. .. as was ironing! 100 percent cotton was scorned by fabric stores and it was dirt cheap to buy as no one wanted the fabric that had to be ironed and was going to shrink.
    Then the rotary cutter was invented and revived the art of quilting , and cotton fabrics became more prevelant and gained popularity. The lessons I learned way back had to be relived if to avoid some of the issues I had associated with garment making. Even though the industry has come far in methods of manufactring and printing... they still have not "solved" the fundimental issues associated with 100 percent cotton fabrics. They do shrink ( it just depends on how much) and no manufacture guarentees against bleeding/running. So understanding the potential issues , I prewash all most all of my fabrics .
    As for the use of Syntropol or Retayne... when working with batiks specifcally , one wash is often not sufficent to remove the unset dye. This is where my "cheapness" shows.... I would rather spend the small amount of $$ to resolve the issue ONCE and for all than to find out later that the unset dye was not sufficently dealt with the first ime around. Some batiks specifically the watercolor will bleed almost forever till the fabric is faded beyond the appeal it once had. To preserve the original appeal of color depth .. yes I will pretreat rather than toss it ,or wash and wash and wash.
    I have learned that each quilter develops a guideline they use for fabrics and what their comfort level is. This can be altered typically by an experience.
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    I've had excess dye or bleeders from brown, black, green, blue, purple, red, orange, and YELLOW fabrics. By the way, some yellow dyes can be quite troublesome to try to remove.

    As Lori S said - each quilter develops his/her guidelines for fabric prep and what his/her comfort level is in using 'straight from the store' fabrics

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    I've had excess dye or bleeders from brown, black, green, blue, purple, red, orange, and YELLOW fabrics. By the way, some yellows can be quite tiresome to try to get rid of.

    As Lori S said - each quilter develops his/her guidelines for fabric prep and what his/her comfort level is in using 'straight from the store' fabrics

    PS - I do not rely on the brand or the source - I've had a Moda red spill color, I've had inexpensive no-name fabrics from WalMart that seem to be completely colorfast. I've had VIP reds that are very colorfast. I've had some VIP reds that have excess dye. I can't tell by looking.

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    The very first quilt I made had fabrics which shrank when first washed. The cured me. I pre-wash every piece of fabric that comes in my door. Then I don't have to ever worry.
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    I do wash fabric but not always, when I wash fabric or any thing especially jeans, I add vingear this keeps the bleeding away.

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    I wash and iron every piece of fabric before I use it. Works for me.

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    I wash all my fabrics, and use Retayne for anything I think might bleed. By the way, I was just at Joann and they were out of Retayne, so I got the Rit version. Anyone ever try that before? It was $3.99 for 8 oz. Since I was buying red fabric, I didn't want to take any chances on going completely without, but I've never tried this brand before.

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