To Pre-wash or not

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Marilyn Posted: Thu, Mar 1 2012 3:13 PM

I prefer to use unwashed fabric.   When I wash any finished project the first time or two I add a Shout Color Catcher sheet to the wash.  It catches any bleed of dye from fabric.  I enclose a Color Catcher sheet in an envelope pinned to any project I give away with instructions to add it to the wash the first time it's washed.

If I need to pre-wash fat quarters I use my salad spinner and mild detergent to wash each fat quarter by itself.  It is gentle and the right size to wash and rinse a fat quarter as needed.  I wash, dump the water, and rinse at least twice with fresh water, agitating for a couple of minutes with each new rinse.

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gini replied on Thu, Mar 1 2012 11:51 PM

I'ld rather use fabric that has been washed. It's softer and I can control it better.  Plus it gets rid of all the icky 'cides, pesticides fungicides.........

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Pat M. replied on Sun, Mar 4 2012 10:06 AM

I also like to prewash and then use sizing when I press the fabric.

Pat--"Keep Calm and Carry On"

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