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Old 08-18-2016, 07:01 AM
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There are many times I do not wash and dry, but do pre-iron with heavy starch.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by JulieM View Post
There are many times I do not wash and dry, but do pre-iron with heavy starch.
funny! (wish I had thought of that first!)
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:59 AM
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Pre-wash? Yes, I have allergies and I hate the smell of unwashed fabric. Pre-dry? Yes, I throw the wet,washed fabric in the dryer.Pre-starch,pre-iron,pre-cut? No, I don't iron the fabric until I am going to use it in a project. After taking the fabric out of storage to use in my project, I iron the fabric then.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:45 AM
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Really? How many times do we have to answer these questions?
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:46 AM
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The only "pre" thing I do is iron out any creases.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:55 AM
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These are things that will be debated forever! So much of it comes down to personal preference. Except for a few rules. If some of the fabric has been prewashed, you should prewash the rest. Things that are prewashed will need to be ironed. If you like the bit of stiffness that the sizing provides on unwashed fabric, then you will need to starch the washed fabric. Then, again, it enters the area of what is best for you. If I am working with a new pattern, I like to cut the fabric for one block and make it. Then I can see if I like the pattern and the color combo. If my orphan block has deep colors (especially reds or indigo blue), I will soak it to see if it has any bleeding problems. Then I cut the whole thing out so I can assembly line sew. I do not prewash, but I lightly starch anything cut on a bias to assist in not stretching.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:11 AM
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Always pre-wash fabric, then iron as needed when needed.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:44 AM
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I don't. If I used the small amount of time I have to quilt to wash and iron all the fabric I'd never get anything done.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:52 AM
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I prewash and predry. I pre-iron when I'm going to use something.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by MandyC View Post
this is not really a question about washing your fabric. it is a matter of pointing out that the prefix 'pre' is redundant and not used consistently in our quilt dialogue. Oh well, that is the nature of the English language.
What??!! Perhaps I am like many/most quilters who understand the term prewash as meaning "wash before I use it." In other words, do we wash, dry, starch, iron fabric before we cut it.
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