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Thread: to wash or not to wash

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    Hey y'all...

    When you buy material for a quilt project do you wash it first or wait until it is finished project? I have heard it both ways and thought I would take a survey.

    So the survey says :?:

    Bev

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    I wash the finished project. No pre-washing here..

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    I don't pre-wash, but I do test suspicious fabrics. I wash the finished quilt in Synthrapol (with lots of water).

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    wash only if it is a bleeder or a batik that might bleed.

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    if the quilt will be washed during its lifetime then i wash the fabric first.

    if its for a swap and the rules are washed, then i wash.

    if its an art quilt or a show quilt i do not wash.

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    If it's all new fabric, and I trust that the colors won't run, I may forego washing. If I am in doubt, I may do a color test. If I pull from my stash, then the new stuff gets washed because I won't mix unwashed with washed. Worried that things will shrink unevenly.

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    I don't wash mine. I like the feel of working with it before it gets all of the sizing out. I wash it after the project is done (except for all hangings) and it shrinks a little which makes it look a little older and I like that. (OK, I am older too and understand the quality age brings)

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    I wash everything washable before cutting it.

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. I do not prewash.

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    I don't prewash, I actually like the look if it shrinks a little, makes it more comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    I wash the finished project. No pre-washing here..
    :thumbup:

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    I wash my fabric before making a quilt for 3 reasons:
    1. remove any sizing or treatment that the fabric may have
    2. to make sure its colorfast( if it runs or bleeds or fades I want to know beforehand)
    3. shrinkage

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    I wash the finished project. I love the antique look

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    I wash before and after.

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    If I have a red or other dark colors, I always prewash and then will wash them all so they are all preshrunk the same....if all light colors, no prewashing, just wash when project is done

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    If I'm in a hurry, I don't pre-wash, but prefer it when the fabrics are washed beforehand. There are so many chemicals that are in the fabric, so if I don't pre-wash, I tend to get hives.

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    I always pre-wash. Then after the quilt is done I wash again. Recently I had a lot of new fabric that I washed before cutting (am I glad I did). One of the aqua cotton pieces bleed like crazy. It never would have entered my mind that this fabric would bleed. I have used this color before with no problems. Most of the other fabrics that were in the wash were not affected but one of the white pieces turned a light blue where the white was. I then put that piece in the wash again with my white clothes and Oxyclean and all the blue came out. I took the bleeder into the house and soaked it in hot water still bleed, I did this about three times and it continued to bleed. I then soaked in the hot water with Retayne and the bleeding stoped. I will always pre-wash. BrendaK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morningcoffeegal
    I wash my fabric before making a quilt for 3 reasons:
    1. remove any sizing or treatment that the fabric may have
    2. to make sure its colorfast( if it runs or bleeds or fades I want to know beforehand)
    3. shrinkage
    What she ^^ said! :D :D And I use a Shout color catcher sheet ALWAYS!

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    Pre-wash

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    I don't prewash fabric unless it is flannel. If you put this topic into the search feature you will get lots of opinions both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    if the quilt will be washed during its lifetime then i wash the fabric first.

    if its for a swap and the rules are washed, then i wash.

    if its an art quilt or a show quilt i do not wash.
    ditto here

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    Tough decision, as a garment seamstress, I always pre-wash. As a quilter, I kinda like how the fabric behaves if it's not pre-washed, and I like the shrinkage too, but I don't like how the chemicals in the fabric make my skin feel.

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    Rarely prewash unless it's a red or something i think will fade at the end. I always wash every quilt when it's finished before giving.

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    I have always prewashed until I started making kaleidoscope quilts. They tell you to not prewash as the fabric sizing keeps the fabric more stable when you are lining up the layers. I also have made a couple of kits which had 2 1/2" strips or FQs which I didn't prewash. I do wash it when it is completed as my furry quilt supervisor does love to lay on everything while I am working on it. (she is just making sure that the "energy" is right!!) I use 100% cotton batting that shrinks about 3% so I always hope that the fabric shrinkage will look OK with the batting. So far, so good!

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    I wash, dry and press always.

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