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Terri posted on Wed, Oct 24 2012 4:08 PM

I always machine wash my fabric before I use it in a quilt. But I'm new to using pre-cuts. How does one deal with washing jelly rolls, layer cakes or charm packs before use? I'm afraid to wash them for fear of them fraying to bits. Or do you just hope for the best that the fabric won't run, and don't wash them?
Thanks!

Terri

P.S. I'm new here, it seems like a great place!

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Marie replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 4:22 PM

Terri, welcome and enjoy.  I would not wash precuts.  The fabrics today are made a lot better than years ago and IMHO they do not need pre-washing.  

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Marie replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 4:24 PM

Terri, I also use color catchers from the laundry aisle of your super market, they work great.

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Hi Terri and welcome to QCA, it is nice to meet you.

Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love

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BTW, I agree with Marie - I do not prewash (anything anymore) and I use the color catchers, bearing in mind the color catchers do sometimes fail.

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Karla replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 5:23 PM

I don't prewash anything anymore either, not even the flannel for baby quilts.  I do use the color catchers and have not had them fail yet, even with red, black or blue fabrics.  They are great.

 

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Kris replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 5:43 PM

Welcome Terri.

I'm not a prewasher but if you really want to you can put your pre cuts in a salad spinner with a mild detergent then let them air dry on a towel.

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Welcome, Terri!

I pre-wash everything except pre-cuts.  When I use pre-cuts I wait to wash them until after the quilt is completed and getting it's first washing.  I throw in about 4 dye-catcher sheets and wash it on warm. This has worked so far without bleeding problems.

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I wanted to clarify my remark about the color catchers failing...I have never had them fail on a quilt, but they did fail on some White background TShirts, they are now pink :)

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gini replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 6:29 PM

hi terri, welcome to the group.   i prewash everything and i do the precuts by hand

gini in north idaho

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Kris:
put your pre cuts in a salad spinner

now how come I didn't think of that? OH YEH that is why I have you guys.

 

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Terri replied on Wed, Oct 24 2012 11:18 PM

Thanks for all the replies and the very warm welcome! I will definitely try the color catchers (I had never heard of them before) and the salad spinner tip is brilliant!

Thanks again,

Terri 

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