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Thread: Warm and Natural Batting - Wash First???

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    Accckkkk!!! I purchased a couple of boxes of warm and natural batting at a quilter's sale and was so excited to use it on my next projects and then I read the instructions inside -- you have to wash it first because it has cotton seed oil??? Caramba! I don't want to be bothered with washing and hanging batting out to dry. Do you think I can just use it as is? Big foo. :shock:

    Here's what is says on the box: "...the small brown flecks are seed remnants which contain traces of cottonseed oil. This oil should be removed before you assemble your quilt layers ..."

    AND ... the instructions say to HAND WASH in a basin or tub with mild detergent... Soak for 30 minutes and rinse out SEVERAL TIMES!!!"

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    I'm glad I never read instructions. I've never washed warm and natural batting. Once the quilt is made, it launders beautifully. Nice and crinkly. It's my favorite batting.

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    I never wash my batting first. I always wash my quilts after they are completed.

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    I have never washed W&N batting and have never had any trouble. Maybe just luck, but it works for me, and after seeing what happened to batting that I sewed "inside out" Yeah I aint puttin bare batting in my washer ! lol

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    I have never washed it either. It does shrink a little in the wash, but that's what gives the quilt a natural look.

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    I washed it once.. and that took to long to dry so I haven't done it again since.

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    I've used W&N for years and have never washed it first....with no problems/issues...... I wonder if they do that just to cover any liability?

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    I've never washed batting either.

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    I do not prewash my batting. The only time I did was when I was using it in craft projects.

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    I have never prewashed the batting

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    I have prewashed Warm and Natural but only for those quilted items I want to remain flat or with out the shrinkage. For regular quilts that I want a bit of crinkle .. I use it straight out of the package.
    Warm and natural is one of the better battings ars far as not have a big cotton ball in the bottom of the washer when you prewash.
    If you really want to pre wash , I soak mine over night , then agitate for only a minute or two --gentle cycle. I do spin dry , then pop in the dryer regular cycle.

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    I just updated my original post. You're supposed to wash it BY HAND!!! (Their caps, not mine). And ... "Wash as you would a fine cotton sweater."
    PUH-LEASE!!!

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    I never even thought of washing my batting first, and I don't think I will think of it now!!

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    Same as everyone else, never washed it and never had a problem. Have fun!!

    Cheers!
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    Whew! Just afraid when I read that thing about the cotton seed oil. I was almost afraid we'd go up in flames or slide off the bed if I didn't pre-wash!

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    I've used Warm & Natural since it first came out and have never prewashed and never had a problem washing once the quilt is finished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    Same as everyone else, never washed it and never had a problem. Have fun!!

    Cheers!
    Rachel
    Rachel - LOVE the hats!

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    I just searched and found this about the batting

    http://www.warmcompany.com/wnpage.html

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    how much batting do you have ????
    I have NEVER washed mine....I am wondering if it is 'older' and newer doesn't say that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I just searched and found this about the batting

    http://www.warmcompany.com/wnpage.html
    Once again Craftybear's search efforts have paid off! I have never washed batting either and GLAD you don't have to!

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    Ooooo! Thanks so much. And they have some cute projects on the site, too!
    Crafty Bear - changing subject - how do you put the links under your signature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I just updated my original post. You're supposed to wash it BY HAND!!! (Their caps, not mine). And ... "Wash as you would a fine cotton sweater."
    PUH-LEASE!!!
    Yeah, well, I throw my fine cotton sweaters in the machine. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    85 quilts and I've never washed W&N batting before. I doubt people would be running to buy it, even with a 50% off coupon, if that was really required. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    That said, all my quilts are heavily quilted. Not microstippling, but dense, so I'm never really worried about the batting separating or clumping.

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    If you are really really really concerned, then wash the quilt when you are done and before you use it or give it away.....I personally would/could not be bothered with washing before....But I will say I washed my last quilt and loved how it looks and from now on will wash before I give away....Also a good way of knowing for sure it washes OK....and that no seams opened, heaven forbide !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I never wash it either. I like the wrinkle look that it gives the quilt when it shrinks.

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    Just for an alternative to the majority of non-washers, I have washed W & N before using the wool setting on my front-loader, and no washing detergent. Then I let it dry on a drying rack. It survived the process just fine. I am not crazy about the wrinkle look, which is why I did pre-wash.

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