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Thread: Batiks Need to be prewashed

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    Here are some illustrative pictures that show the amount of excess dye that is in some batiks. I always prewash everything to be sure I won't have any surprises.
    Most of the batiks I have purchased did not bleed as much as these two did, but you never know unless you dip them in hot water.
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    Thank you for the great pictures!!! This is so true with them and other hand dyes :D:D:D

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    :thumbup: good to know!

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    I agree with prewashing ALL of my fabrics before I sew with them. You just never know what may be lurking within .....

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    YIKES!!!!! I never realized!! :shock: Thanks for the pics!

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    I always wash mine with a dye grabber. They'll turn it from white to dark in a heartbeat. Tiedyes are the same way usually and hand dyes are hemophiliacs. I also like to use a handful (or two) of table salt and some white vinegar. It will usually set the dye better than it was.

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    I wash all fabrics, too....but batiks are usually the only ones that turn the color catchers colors!

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    WOW That is amazing. I usually prewash 1" strip and test for
    bleeding.

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    thanks for sharing

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    I have continued to soak and wash these two particular batiks. They are continuing to release dye, so I am concerned about using them. I bought them on-line so I have contacted the website about returning them. :cry:

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    Thanks for the tip!

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    You might want to wash each fabric individually in Retayne to try to set the remaining dyes.

    There is a difference between excess dye and unset dye.

    Excess dye is more dye than the fabric can absorb; manufacturers who don't rinse well enough will leave excess dye in the fabric. Once the excess dye is rinsed out, the fabric stops bleeding.

    Unset dye results when the manufacturer has not used the correct dye setting process. Unset dye will continue to bleed out of the fabric with every washing. Retayne works to permanently set the dye when the manufacturer has failed to do so. (It's also used to set home dyed fabrics.)

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    Thanks for the info prism99

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    This is good information. I treat my batiks with Retayne before I put them in a quilt.

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    Now I remember why I stay away from batiks :shock:

    Hope they let you return them :thumbup:

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    I just heard from the online company..how's that for a fast response :thumbup:

    They were very kind and said that I didn't need to return the fabric but would credit my account. I thought that was very generous of them. :-D

    Maybe I should buy some Retayne as has been suggested. ;)

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    Wow, they bled a lot.

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    Thanks for the info...I've never used them before.

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    http://www.dharmatrading.com/

    this is the online company that i use to buy all my fabric dyeing stuff, including retayne.

    now i'm curious to know what online website you dealt with? they were certainly kind and responsible and they sound like a dealer i would like to do business with.

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    You did make a point. Thanks for sharing.

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    Amazon also has Synthrapol and Retayne now.

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    Wow! Thanks for the pictures! I knew there was a reason I pre-wash!!

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