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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2006 07:10:11 PM »

vinegar is useless, it is an old wive's tale about that.

i wouldn't put it in the washing machine because then it will unfold and tangle and you'll have to press it into shape again.  i'd just unroll it into a bucket of plain water and let it sit while the excess dye leaches out.  change the water a few times until you see that it is clear and you should be fine.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2006 08:00:51 PM »

thank you. i'll try that.
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2006 07:56:16 AM »

Depending on where you live, most little grocery stores carry it.  I live in a small town (1 square mile) and my little hole int eh wall grocery store had it.  All walmarts carry it and kmarts, etc.

If you can't find it locally, the rit company sells products online. 

http://www.ritdye.com/laundry.asp

I just checked their site and it might not work...

Problem:   Color Bleeding

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Solution:
Use Rit Color Remover to help remove color from dye-transfer stains on washable 100% white fabrics without damaging garment fibers. Rit Color Remover will reduce color from colored items and white items with any colored areas.
Note: Not for use on blue denim.


I used it on a blue shirt (it was nylon) so maybe it would just make your item worse???  I think you might just have to redye it all red.  Sad
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2006 09:43:55 AM »

I can't help you with the current situation (sorry), wish I could.  However, maybe I can help you to keep this from happening again.

1.  I pretreat anything that is cotton based and is RED, PURPLE, BLACK, NAVY....and the list goes on and will be used on another color.  Unlike many of you, I do not normally prewash something before making it.  The exception is where I am mixing fabrics or colors that I think might shrink or fade...that is really a totally different issue.  When I pretreat these fabric that I think will FADE, I use a WHITE vinegar/water soaking solution.  When I wash the article, I use a scrap of white to test the fade resistance of the item.  I also keep a small scrap of white fabric to check the color match to make sure that the fabric isn't bleeding.

2.  There is a marvelous fairly new product out.  I don't know the name but it is in the laundry aisle of the stores and looks like fabric dryer sheets.  I don't know how they work but they capture the color from the wash water.  I've (so far) had very good luck with these and it might prevent a problem in the future.

3. CHECK the wash/dry instructions on your fabrics when you purchase them.  NOT all fabrics are meant to be washed in hot and not all are meant to be dried in the dryer.  Most Spandex fabrics, even those with a small amount of spandex are to washed in cold or warm water and hung or flat dried (depending upon the MFG's instructions).  Check this.  Heat can break down the elasticity of your spandex, it can change the physical characteristics of the fabric (even make them sticky or losoe their stretch), in some cases it can shrink the fabric too, reducing the enjoyment you can get from your project! 
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2006 06:54:56 AM »

well, everyone,
i washed my bias tape. and i washed my bias tape and i washed my bias tape. all in all i hand washed it at least 10 times. then i put it in one of those mesh lingerie bags and washed it in the machine. i put a scrap of the cherry fabric in the wash too. and it came out as pink as my dress! i didn't buy those colour magnet things although i think i might look for them. i've heard that they work too. it's just that it's not always me that does the laundry. and my husband and i disagree all the time about how it's to be done. i could see him accidentally forgeting and i'd have another pink dress. so, i am going to make my own bias tape. i'm going to buy a red gingham and wash that to make sure it doesn't run and if it does, i did find an apple green gingham that matches the leaves i could use. and that's it! it's going to work, it's going to be better and i can stop obsessing over it and just get it done and wear it!!
so this should be it. again thank you for all the help and suggestions you  had.
atomic mary

p.s. i figure i'm going to dye my old dress all red and then depending on how that turns out black. nothing to lose and maybe i'll gain a new dress.a girl can never have too many Grin
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2006 07:01:52 AM »

you will never regret learning to make your own bias tape because it will mean that you never again are limited to what is available to purchase in packages AND you can have as much or as little as you need.

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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2006 08:30:01 AM »

wow! i just made my first "bias tape" out of paper. so i will try it on some scraps of fabric that i have. i can't believe how easy it is one you get past the confusing instuctions! Smiley and it makes so much! i was showing a co worker what i was thinking of doing and she liked my idea of the gingham with the cherries for the dress, but then she started bring over all these other fabrics saying "try this!" or "what about this " and "hey check this out!" and it really did open up a lot of possibilities! i thought it was going to be a lot harder and with me having two little kids and not much time i didn't think it was going to be possible. you're right rostitchery, i can't see me ever regretting it. not that i thought i would. it's always good to learn new things Smiley and i do use bias tape and piping quite a bit.
thanks everyone,
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2006 01:59:13 PM »

good for you atomic mary!  isn't it exciting?  its like magic.

i use up a lot of ugly fabric by turning it into binding--somehow having a little sliver of it on the edge makes it not ugly at all, because all it becomes is colors, not designs.
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