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auroravioletta
« on: February 28, 2009 08:38:37 AM »

Hi,

I just ordered some of the tea towels and other textiles from sublime stitching to do some embroidery on, and I was wondering whether or not they will shrink in the wash. (IE, do I need to wash them before I embroider them, or will they be ready to go straight out of the box?)

I tried searching, but came up with nothing.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009 12:21:41 PM »

if you plan to embroider on anything that will require washing in the future (for example:  pillowcases, tea towels, boxers, napkins, etc....) you totally need to wash them first to allow for natural shrinkage of the cotton fibers. 

i personally use warm water in my washing machine and dry them on medium to high heat.  this will take of any shrinkage (and yes the textiles will shrink just a bit) and then you can stitch on them and then launder them however you want afterwards.  the key is to wash in warm water first! 

p.s.  the same goes for traditional fabric if you ever dabble in sewing.....

good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009 03:13:47 PM »

You could also check with Sublime Stitching directly to see their specifications (shrinkage, how much, washing instructions). That would probably be the best way to go.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009 05:09:16 PM »

Thanks for the tips. I do sew, which is why I wondered about the shrinkage. I just also noticed that I've never seen anything in the Sublime Stitching instructions that I have about preshrinking, and since it's written for beginners who might not know better, I wondered if their towels might be preshrunk or something.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009 05:27:07 PM »

I was one of the testers of the premium Sublime Stitching Towel when we did the very first tea towel tour for Jenny Hart.  Since I was the first stitcher, I did the shrinkage test.  Here are my flickr photos of that test.  The tea towel is laying underneath a kitchen towel of mine:

Before:

After:

I noted: It shrank a tiny bit  in the width, but lost a couple inches in the length.
It now measures 27" by 16 5/8"  I prefer this slightly shorter, shrunken length.  It seemed a bit too elongated at first.

I recommend always prewashing fabrics before stitching on them.   Wink
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