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Thread: Washing Machine or Laundromat

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    I know this subject has been talked about many, many times before.

    I have read on the board that is ok to wash a rag quilt in your own washing machine, I have read that you need to take it to a laundromat . . .

    Is it just one of the things that some people do one way and others do another?

    For those of you that washed it in your regular machine -- how did that turn out?

    Thanks - I really appreciate all the help you all have given me!!!

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    I washed mine in my washer and they turned out fine. However, because of the money that it cost me to work on my sewer line, I will be going to the laundromat from now on...

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    All of those strings can plug up your machine... It can also wreak havoc with your dryer if you don't constantly empty the lint trap...
    I think it is well worth the trip and few $$ to take it to the laundramat :wink:

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    I would say that if the rag quilt is toddler size or larger, take it to a laundromat. If it is a baby quilt, you could wash it at home.

    Vanessa

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    I have a basket in my washer that catches the lint. I amazed how full it was. If you don't have something to catch the lint in the washer I would take it to a laundromat. I also emptied the lint trap every 5 minutes in the dryer. Seriously there is a ton of lint and strings from these things. Good luck

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    i've heard that some people use a weed whacker to fray the edges

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    I take to laundry mat - both rag quilts and Fauz chinelle scarfs. Want to keep my new washer & dryer alittle longer. They are 1 year old now.

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    I washed mine at home and couldn't believe how much lint was left in the washing machine. I cleaned it out thoroughly and had no problem. It was an extra long twin for my son at college. As far as the dryer, I emptied the lint trap about 6 times!!! I was amazed at how much lint there was!!!!

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    Definitely worth it to go to the laundry mat!!!

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    it really depends on the size of the quilt, if it is not really big (smaller than a queen) you can use your own machine...i take them outside and shake the heck out of them before i put them into the washer, then when you take it out of the wash take it outside and shake the heck out of it some more, then put into dryer...i check about every 15-20 minutes and empty the lint trap, it will be full! about 1/2 way through dryer time i take it outside and shake the heck out of it again...then finish the drying. you do need to clean out your washing machine after taking it out too. there will be lots of strings. i've not had any 'plumbing' problems but i am very vigilent about cleaning out as much as i can during and between cycles...such as when it spins out after washing, before the rinse water starts to run, i take it out...yup, outside for a shake, clean the washer tub and put it back in for the rinse cycle. so...laundrymats are easier...but sometimes the owners get real attitudes about raggy quilts especially when a person does not 'clean-up' after themselves and leaves strings all over the place. i only go to a laundramat if my quilt is too big for my machine. i have had some great items ruined in laundrymat machines, i hate taking chances.

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    I have done them at home with my old top loading machine and they were fine BUT did a baby quilt in my DDIL new front loading and we totally plugged up the machine, had quite a mess and alot of hours cleaning up. Wouldn't advise front loading machine for this

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    Thanks everyone for all the info.

    My quilt is 49.5 X 49.5. I am in a bit of a time crunch which is why I was wanting to wash/dry at home - no time for the laundromat.

    As usual I apprecaite ALL of your help AND patience. There is soooo much to learn!

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    I have done up to a twin size at home with no problems. clean the dryer filter often while drying. I did clean the washer out good after washing-i can remove part of the agitator on mine- and cleaned that well too. The is a lot of lint but it has never caused me any problems.

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    I use my own machine. However, I have a lint sock on the end of my discharge hose, and I make sure I replace it after washing a raggy quilt. Also make sure to clean the lint trap on the dryer a couple of times while drying them.

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    I have never made a rag quilt, but I know I won't use my own washing machine. The last time my washing machine stopped working, it turned out that the pump was clogged with threads! There went $150 I could have spent on fabric!

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    i washed a baby rag quilt in my front loader and dried in drier with no problems.
    I did however take it outside and shook it and then brushed it with a coarse brush to get as much of the loose threads as possible. I did this several times. I also hung it out on the line for a day or so in the shade as it was windy.

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    I washed mine in my machine. After it agitates for a few minutes, I let it set & then gather as much of the loose strings as possible. I do this 2 or 3 times & it amazing how many threads there are. When I dry it, I do the same. Stop the dryer after about 10 minutes clean the filter & do again. Lots of loose threads there too. Taking it to the laundromatis not a bad idea.

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    Another question:
    After the 1st time washing, will the threads shed in the washer and dryer everytime it is washed? I have one I want to make, and have never seen anyone ask this question, that I know of.

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    I put mine in a pillow case and tied it closed. It kept all the pieces out of my machine.

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