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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor
    All the time.
    Me too!
    It is my habit to prewash all my fabric, had a few bad experiences when I started quilting (years ago and before I knew the differences in fabric).

    My ironing board is full of fabric waiting to be ironed:(

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    I mostly was, but sometimes don't. If you are concerned about bleeding, throw in a Shout Color Catcher. Those things are AMAZING! I've never had a problem with bleeding when I use them. Also, I don't iron them when they are finished washing unless I plan to use them right away. IfI iron them, and put them away, I have to iron them again before I use them. Just smooth and fold, and you'll save yourself a lot of work.

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    I wash every piece of fabric when I get it. Have you all tried the "color grabber" sheets yet? They are in the laundry section of the grocery stores and are WONDERFUL! Quite helpful in that you don't have to worry about sorting the fabrics! The colors go to the "grabber" and it comes out all yucky color-wise. Now they are an essential part of the laundry.

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    [quote=sewingladydi]I always pre wash all fabric with a color catcher. Then I fold and put away. I iron (and starch) when I'm ready to cut.



    I do this too. Fabric comes in the house and goes directly in the washer. I want no shrinkage or color runs on anything I have spent that much time doing. Besides the chemicals make me sneeze

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    I have never in the 30 or so years of quilting prewashed my fabrics, have never had any problems when washing my quilts.Do now use the color catchers.

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    I learned the hard way...I washed (well, in the sink) some fabric for a Dear Jane swap last year -yes, red- then I proceeded to make my set of blocks...18 were due. I had 11 made...had spent hours and hours on them. I laid the pile on my ironing board (which was damp from ironing something else) and I went to bed. The next day my ironing board was red!!!! and the white on the blocks had splotchy pink spots...I rushed them to the sink...they ran..and ran...and ran...wouldn't quilt.

    I threw them in a drawer..threw away the rest of the red fabric...WASHED more fabric in the machine and started over.

    YES...I always wash my fabric now...and I give Color Catchers with each quilt I give away.

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    I always wash all my fabric as soon as I get home from my
    LQS. Washing removes excess dye and chemicals on the fabric.
    Fabrics shrink when washed, but they all shrink at a different rate. If fabric isn't prewashed the fabrics may shrink differently when the quilt is washed the first time. Some fabrics have a lot of chemicals on them and is necessary to prewash to prevent illnesses like chemical sensitivity and formaldehyde allergies.

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    The only fabric that I pre-washed was the fabric from the Gee's Bend collection. The red is a nightmare. The other colors were not to bad. Otherwise I rarely pre-wash.

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    i wash my reds and blacks that is about it

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    I wash all my fabric since I made placemats without washing the fabric and the first time thru the wash there was shrinkage that made them look awful. I serge the raw edge before washing and that stops ravelling.

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    I wash my fabric. I have kids that divelope rashes from the chemicals.

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    I run test reds, purples and blacks all the time plus dark colors as I have had them put excess dye on to many projects. Put in hot water and squeeze a couple times, if water is clear -hang them to dry and press. Most of the sizing is still in there so they are still crisp. If they bleed, I use Retayne and Synthrapol to get excess dye out.
    Just had 3 reds that bled like crazy. Thank goodness I tested them before putting them into my applique.

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    i normally put mine on permenant press with salt and vinegar only in my water

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    I didn't wash when I started, but then heard so many stories that I started washing almost everything. It gives me peace of mind. If I don't wash, I worry constantly as I'm sewing that the thing will bleed the first time it's washed and all my beautiful work will be ruined. It's not worth it.

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    I always at least pre-rinse fabrics to get the chemicals out and put them into the dryer to pre-shrink. If it is a red or a fabric I think will run, I place it into warm water, let it soak for 24 hours and keep changing the water until it stops running. Sometimes it is up to a week before all the excess dye is gone, then I do the vinegar trick to make sure it is set and let it soak again in warm water to make sure it will not bleed. Only then do I feel safe using the fabric.

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    I know the trend now is to wash fabrics less. I like to wash it first to find out about any distortions which aren't noticeable before washing, to get rid of that "new" smell, to set the color, and to pre-shrink. I've learned from this site to starch the fabric before cutting, which brings it back to the pre-washed stiffness and then some. I like the finished product better.

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    The only time I do not wash mine is when I use a precut kit or I go to a retreat where the fabric is provided.

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    I rinse my fabrics in the sink so I can see if they are fading. Then I dry them in the dryer to take care of any shrinkage.

    I don't do this if it's for a wall hanging that won't be washed.

    I had one navy blue print that was terrible and never stopped bleeding. I won't use if for anything. I also had a black cotton fabric from JoAnn's Fabrics that faded and faded--the water turned black over and over. I had used the same fabric from a different bolt that didn't do this, so I suspect there was a problem in the factory process.

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    always wash the fabric - few exceptions - stack and wacks, precut pieces.

    I starch everything too

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    No, I just cut and sew, but when it's finished, I always wash it with a color catcher, and so far there has been very little bleeding. My SIL made her first quilt which was black/white and Red. The black and white were Moda squares, the red was off the bolt and I was afraid some of the red would bleed, so we used the color catcher and it did pick up bleeding red, but not on the quilt. I love those.

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    That is the first thing we learned in quilt class - always wash fabric first!

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    i always wash my fabric. the only time i didn't isnwhen i used a jelly roll and when i did a BOM last year. i haven't washed the first or finished the last, but when i do, i'll use a color catcher.(thanks to this board)

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    Yes I do. I try not to take any new fabric, for any project I buy, into my sewing room when I get home. It goes into the laundry. I wash and machine dry, then fold. I have a couple packages of those bright round stickers that I got from Wal-Mart, you know the kind you can put prices on for garage sales. I put a round sticker on the front edge of the folded fabric, then put it on my shelves. About half of my stash has not been washed first, so these round neon stickers tell me instantly whether it has been washed or not. If I want to use a non-washed fabric, well, it is just washed first. I hate to have anyone, friend or customer, have bleeding or shrinking of anything I make.

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    I washed and dried my fabric for the winter swap. Clipped the corners that I read in one of the topics and no fraying or tangled messes

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    I would get the unwashed mixed up with the washed, if I didn't rinse all the fabric I buy. :wink:

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