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« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2007 11:34:33 AM »

I am also in the minority, I think.  I tried pre-washing the first round of fabric for the quilt I am working on now, and it turned out to be a disaster!  It took me an hour to undo the strings on the edges of my fabric, and I was so disappointed.  (And yes, I used the gentle cycle.) 

Since then, I have not pre-washed a thing. I do give all of my fabric a good, hot, steam ironing, because I like them to be soft when I work with them.  I am in the process of assembling my quilt top this week, so we'll find out if I will live to regret my decision or not.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2007 10:13:52 PM »

I pre-wash some fabric, but not all. If there's any pre-washed fabric in the quilt, all that quilt's fabric will be pre-washed.

One way to minimize the strings: cut the corners on your fabric. Not a lot, but a one-inch triangle off each corner really does reduce the number of strings when pre-washing. No, I don't know why, but it does work for yardage. The FQs I don't bother trimming.

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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2007 02:27:37 PM »

I am also in the minority, I think.  I tried pre-washing the first round of fabric for the quilt I am working on now, and it turned out to be a disaster!  It took me an hour to undo the strings on the edges of my fabric, and I was so disappointed.  (And yes, I used the gentle cycle.) 

Since then, I have not pre-washed a thing. I do give all of my fabric a good, hot, steam ironing, because I like them to be soft when I work with them.  I am in the process of assembling my quilt top this week, so we'll find out if I will live to regret my decision or not.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

that has *some* to do with the quality of the fabric, strings are formed when the weave is loose and strands come off....

im sorry you had such a bad experience, and i hope your finished product survives the machine Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2007 02:46:46 AM »

I have a whole room of fabric that hasn't been prewashed, bleh. Undecided

I hate the strings and the wrinkles and the ironing. I've made three quilts with un-prewashed fabrics and they've been just fine. I'm wanting to start selling sewn things sometime in the future though and I know that most everyone prefers pre-washed goodies so there's no chance of catastrophe in the future. But there's just SO MUCH FABRIC in my house, I'm just about crying at the thought of doing it all. *tears hair out* Tongue
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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2007 01:36:47 PM »

I only ever pre-wash cheap fabric. I almost exclusively use moda and other higher end fabrics when I make quilts, and I do not pre-wash. I have not had any problems with shrinkage or colors bleeding. When I started quilting several years ago, a woman who custom makes quilts for her customers commented that people want a new quilt, not a pre-washed one, so she doesn't pre-wash either. She said that she has never had any complaints. Shop local independent quilt shops for best quality!
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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2007 02:49:27 PM »

i found that the moda fabric i bough wrinkles more than any other fabric (except the EXTREMELY cheap stuff from Joanns) i have ever used.....and its really tough to get out unless you iron at really high heat for a LONG time...its beautiful on the bolt, and the pinks lose alot of ink too......i love it, ill buy it again, but i was surprised at these qualities at 9 dollars a yard
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2007 01:00:16 PM »

When I need solids, I go and get them from Gigantic-Wall-of-stuff-from-China-Mart.  They are cheap at about $2 or less a yard and don't lose any color despite my rigorous washing methods.

I also wash them in big pieces so that even if the ends were to get real ravelly, there is still loads of fabric left over.

I like independent quilt shops as much as the next person, I just wish that they were a little more financially accessible to those of us with limited fiscal means.

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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2007 05:50:36 AM »

I rarely pre-wash unless the fabric is to be treated some way. I use too many fat quarters, and prefer to keep the sizing-then starch the piss out of the fabric on top of it. However most my quilts will never see the inside of a washing machine anyway, so I suppose for me it is moot.


Indeed quilt store costs are often prohibitive, though I confess that right now I am thinking nine bucks? wow that's cheap. In Canada the quality quilting cotton brands cost about 18 dollars a metre on average. At such prices, alternatives must often be sought to the independant quilt shop. Though one of the advantages of a little brand loyalty I suppose is that you do quickly learn which fabrics do best when pre-washed and which ones should not be.
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2007 06:11:02 AM »

i love quilting well enough, but i would never ever ever use fabric again if it was 18 dollars a yard....i couldnt justify it anymore at that price...it just wouldnt be worth it to me..

my first venture into a quilting store cost me 180 dollars...my problem is im obsessed with quality....in the last year it has become extremely important to me....with everything i do, not just quilting, scrapbooking, soapmaking, everything i am doing...expensive or not, quality is what matters, quality raw materials mean you will have a quality end result
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2007 09:21:12 AM »

What we do is wet it down with a spray bottle and then iron it with a good hot iron. None of the fray, and it takes out probably 99 % of the shrink.
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