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Thread: wash or not? before cutting quilt pieces

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    Should I wash all of my fabrics first, then cut, or not??

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    I was told to always wash before cutting.

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    I never wash my fabric before using it. I like it to be nice and crisp.

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    I am not a washer either!
    With the exception of Flannels, I always pre-wash flannels.

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    I, personally, do. The fabrics have not been hanging out in the cleanest places (warehouses, shipping containers, storerooms, etc.), so I always wash mine, but many people do not. Except for flannel - always wash flannel, several times.

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    you will get a million answers but it inevittably ends up with your personal prefference

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    Lots of opinions, ideas and solutions :D:D:D

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    it is really a personal choice and a choice based on the color of your fabric and type of fabric. I don't worry to much about washing unless it is a batik or red or ones I would suspect of being a bleeder. Truly it is up to you to wash or not to wash. And the same with washing after you have finished the quilt.

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    yes, wash
    I experimented & found diff fabrics will shrink diff amounts

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    thank you everyone! I think I'll try not washing the first time around :) I'm ready to get to cutting!

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    I don't wash unless I think it will shrink a lot or bleed. But I do wash flannel.

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    I guess it really depends on how much you like to iron. I know that when I don't wash, I have to do a light press, but when I wash, I have to iron. And I hate to iron.

    If the fabrics are flannels or batiks, washing is a must. Flannels because of shrinkage, and batiks because there may be left over dyes from the batiking process. Rule of thumb used to be that reds / purples had to be washed because of bleeding, but that isn't always the case. You can do a test piece, but I've also been told horror stories about a fabrics bleeding in a quilt even after the fabric was pre-washed.

    Also, if you are doing a swap of some type, check and make sure whether fabrics are supposed to be washed or not so everyone's fabrics are the same.

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    I do not wash before and so far no problems.

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    light colors, no. bright colors, YES

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    Only wash shades of red.

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    I wash all of it but flannel gets hot water and hot dryer!!!

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    I am a firm believer in pre-washing. I have had some very expensive LQS fabric shrink more than 1/8 inch after washing. I prefer to control the outcome of my quilt project as much as possible. So I pre-wash for: color bleed, fabric shrinkage, etc. I also second the opinion about warehouses and most storerooms. Have you ever been in one? They are nasty.

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    I know you should...but I don't. To me it adds to the element of nubbie~ness that I want. I use color catchers always when washing quilts too.

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    I'm rather new to quilting. The first 2 I made I did not prewash the fabric. I really like the crispness of the fabric while I'm working with it. BUT, then this bedbug thing started and the quilt I'm working on now I order the fabric online from Hancock Fabric so I did prewash. It shrunk more than I though it would. I still had enough fabric but I wasn't expecting as much shrinkage. It was rather inexpensive fabric, not sure if this was a factor or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnmom
    I'm rather new to quilting. The first 2 I made I did not prewash the fabric. I really like the crispness of the fabric while I'm working with it. BUT, then this bedbug thing started and the quilt I'm working on now I order the fabric online from Hancock Fabric so I did prewash. It shrunk more than I though it would. I still had enough fabric but I wasn't expecting as much shrinkage. It was rather inexpensive fabric, not sure if this was a factor or not.
    Just use Magic Sizing when you iron and your crispness will return. Or if you really want to control that bias stretch use starch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    yes, wash
    I experimented & found diff fabrics will shrink diff amounts
    One of the few people that has actually experimented!
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    yes, wash
    I experimented & found diff fabrics will shrink diff amounts
    One of the few people that has actually experimented!
    :thumbup:
    I love to experiment. What am I going to try to destroy tomorrow? :XD:

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    I've had inexpensive fabric shrink a lot. I've had inexpensive fabric shrink hardly at all.

    I've had expensive fabric shrink a lot. I've had expensive fabric shrink barely at all.

    I measure fabric before and after washing it.

    By the way, I've gotten "good quality" fabric both inexpensively and expensively.

    Just wondering - how many of those that "never wash" measure their quilts before and after washing?

    (I'm just sooooooooooooooo tired of all the comments about the chain stores poor fabric quality. Some of it is. Much of it is decent. It's up to the buyer to know what's suitable and what isn't.)

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    Personally I never prewash my fabric. I like the "pucker" I get when it's washed after quilting. I just put it in on cold with a Color Catcher in the wash and haven't had an issue yet.

    But like everyone else....it's personal preferance. :)

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    I do wash mine, but everyone has their own opinion on it!

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