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Jenn posted on Thu, Sep 30 2010 5:54 AM

so prewashing

 

I have heard both, people do it and people don't

 

I learned to sew on my own, from reading books and some advise from my MIL, and everything I was told was prewash, so as soon as I get my fabrics (even precuts) I wash them.

Now I'm finding with quilting a lot of people don't pre wash....I know it's really a personal decision, but I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on this, what you did and what your experience has been.  

If you don't pre wash a quilt.....is there a lot of distoration after the wash with shrinking?  Thanks

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I also wanted to add that I was all my quilts in the washer and dryer and have for years and never had a problem..the only things I haven't washed are fusible wall hangings..but my Mum hand washed one and it was fine she said...they do get crinkly but I like that look..no distortion tho

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Kris replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 10:29 AM

I downloaded a pattern from fat quarter shop and the instructions say "we do not recommend pre-washing fabrics". I've never seen it spelled out in pattern instructions before. Interesting.

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I have prewashed fabrics most of the time.  But if I receive a kit that is a wall hanging and won't be washed as often as a quilt, I now don't prewash.

I have never prewashed batting on wall hanging.  But I have for large quilts.

 

 thought I would share my information.

 

from Minnesota

 

 

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Marie replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 7:49 PM

Kris:
It irons nicely with my starch alternative.

 

Kris, what's your starch alternative?

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If the batting is warm and natural, I usually toss the cut piece in the dryer with a wet bath towel.  It takes the fold lines out and plumps the batting.  I find this much easier to do if the batting is wrinkled.  I dry it for about 7-10 minutes.  Remove immediately.  Ready to go.

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Kris replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 10:08 PM

Marie:
Kris, what's your starch alternative?

Marie,

it's that Mary-Ellen's Best Press Stuff they sell at quilt shops. Comes in many scents.

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Nana replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 10:40 PM

Kris:

Marie:
Kris, what's your starch alternative?

Marie,

it's that Mary-Ellen's Best Press Stuff they sell at quilt shops. Comes in many scents.

 

Kris

I love that stuff.  I think my favorite is Cherry Blossom.  My whole downstairs smells good after I have been ironing.

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I like the lavender scented Best Press...it is lovely...and such a fine mist and it lasts a long time...so much prettier than the regular old laundry spray starch

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Kris replied on Fri, Oct 1 2010 11:26 PM

Helly,

lavender is my favourite too. I bought a gallon of it from Jo-Ann's when thy had a sale.

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This is such a good thread. So many different ways to do things. I don't pre-wash. I will test reds and browns to make sure they don't run. I don't spray starch either but that sounds like a good idea. When do you spray starch? I press out the fold in the fabric prior to cutting so would I spray starch then? is it just a light spray?

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Nana replied on Sat, Oct 2 2010 11:38 AM

Diane

I don't prewash but I do press my fabrics before I start cutting.  I spray mine with Best Press at that time and it makes the fabrics smell so good and they are so nice to work with.   I also sometimes spray the finished blocks before their final pressing.  It is a lite mist and doesn't have any aerosol in it.  Smells really good.   It is almost like misting with water before we had steam irons.

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I have started using the best press on the final block pressing also..just feels so set and smells lovely..and lavender is a calming scent

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Thanks Ladies~

It seems like I will have to buy some lavendar spray starch. Does it come in cinnamon?????? That's my favorite.

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Helly, I agree I love the lavender scent.Faultless also has it in Lavender,which is where I first found it a t the grocery store. It smells so good  uhmmmmm. Barbara

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Kris replied on Sat, Oct 2 2010 8:26 PM

Remember that bugs like starch so if you have to store your pre-washed fabrics it a no no. Also if you use the starch method for appliqué you need to wash those blocks.

Starch alternative is better.

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