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    I dont wash and dry, iron my fabric before using, I have been told I should...just wondering what the majority here does.

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    I don't prewash either. If I find a problem, then I will prewash.

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    use the search feature, there's lots of discussions on this subject

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    I wash everthing now. I had a beautiful baby quilt ready to go and decided to wash it first...oh my, i'm glad i did The red ran all over and now it's pink in the wrong places. It's still on the shelf! I give it away now so, yes i would wash your fabric

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    Maybe I should start prewashing. Haven't had a problem yet. But I don't want to ruin a quilt so,,,, advise taken. I will prewash.. I will prewash...I will prewash.

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    Depends on the project. A wallhanging, no, but a bed quilt I do. Esp. baby quilts.

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    Usually I prewash! Mostly because of fading, shrinking and sometimes the fabric bothers my allergies if I don't. There is no "right" way. Whatever works for you.

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    I did and I've stopped. My question is, if you wash the fabric first and then wash the quilt when you're finished, won't the batting shrink and make the blocks, etc. all wrinkly?

    Linda Rae

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    Some people wash the batting as well. I've never had a problem. I never do wash the batting. If it's quilted tight, there shouldn't be a problem.

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    I don't wash fabric
    After finishing quilt I often wash with a color catcher - seems to work fine.
    If I'm using pre-wash fabric I don't iron, the ruler or template presses quite well when you're cutting

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    I just read this on the Quilters World Magazine Facebook page ....Tip: Pre-washing fabrics before piecing a quilt top can make accurate blocks more difficult; unwashed fabric contains stiffeners that make piecing easier. Instead of pre-washing to reduce the chance of dye bleeding, just steam iron the fabrics instead. This will help to set the colors, while leaving the fabric stiffer and easier to work with.

    This is 1 magazine I do sub too and enjoy.

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    I pre-wash and my friend that I quilt with doesn't. If we do something together, and she uses my stuff, then she has to pre-wash. I guess it is all about preference and there is no right or wrong until you get a boo-boo! LOL

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    I don't pre wash unless it is for a swap. Works for me.

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    I prewash and then put the sizing back in. I think the pros outweight the cons. My points almost always line up whether I prewash or not. I think it has more to do with accurate measurement and sewing than anything else. I do not like my fabric shrinking unevenly (I measured. Some can and do) or bleeding all over a project I worked so hard on (I prewash everything once and test again).

    I pink the edges and wash, dry, and iron before use. I use Magic Sizing if I think I'll need the extra help. Starch is great for bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I don't pre wash unless it is for a swap. Works for me.
    This is me too...
    OR if I am using a fabric like a hand dyed or batik. Then I prewash and use Retayne :D:D:D

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    I don't normally pre-wash, I like the wrinkled look.

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    I don't prewash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMP
    I just read this on the Quilters World Magazine Facebook page ....Tip: Pre-washing fabrics before piecing a quilt top can make accurate blocks more difficult; unwashed fabric contains stiffeners that make piecing easier. Instead of pre-washing to reduce the chance of dye bleeding, just steam iron the fabrics instead. This will help to set the colors, while leaving the fabric stiffer and easier to work with.

    This is 1 magazine I do sub too and enjoy.
    Thanks, Now i may not prewash!!!

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    I don't like to pre-wash either.. I like the crisp newness feeling of the fabric when I'm working with it..

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    I usually always prewash unless its a jelly roll.

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    No prewashing here...haven't done it for years. Haven't had any problems.

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    I don't always prewash, but when I don't I wash in cold water and put white vinegar in the water. If I wash again after that in the future, the first next time I put a Shout colorcatcher in just for extra insurance.

    My MIL taught me the trick about the vinegar and I never have had a problem.

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    Kosher Salt also does the trick in terms of setting color. I do alot of tie-dying at a summer camp, and we use this formula in a note sent home to the parents. We tried it on staff shirts first. It works wonders!

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    I pre wash everything on warm, then dry in the dryer.......I dont do batting though. Really, its just up to you, I think.

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    I always prewash and press my fabric before using.
    I like to remove the excess dye in the fabrics.

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