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« on: July 27, 2004 09:11:19 PM »

So, I'm just wondering, do you have to wash fabric before cutting and sewing? I know you don't wash fleece.  But what about corduroy?

I'm making a dress for my daughter out of printed cotton. But it's going to be pretty much a church dress that she won't wear a whole lot.  So, what do you guys think? To wash or not to wash? I want to cut the pattern out soon, so if you could get back to me that would be wicked awesome. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2004 10:41:40 PM »

for the most part its a good idea to wash fabric before you do anything with it...especially if it is going to be made into something wearable or that needs to be washed often...unfortunately i dont know enough about corduroy to tell you if it will shrink a lot...but it is definately a good idea to wash the cotton before you cut it
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2004 10:44:15 PM »

well, what my mom drilled into me was that you pre-wash anything that's washable.  that way you don't end up spending a lot of time and effort and money on something that's going to shrink if you ever throw it in the wash.  i can't see that it would hurt anything to wash corduroy, so to be on the safe side i would toss it in.  depending on the fiber content, there's a good chance it might shrink a bit. i would also wash the cotton because that stuff can and will shrink at the drop of a hat, and face it, she's a kid.  it's going to get dirty eventually.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2004 10:35:40 AM »

Thanks guys.  I was hoping that I could get away with not washing it.  Maybe I was just being lazy.  Actually, I was.  Thanks, I just threw it into the washer.Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2004 06:20:58 PM »

You especially need to wash fabric if it is cotton, as it will often shrink....
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