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« on: May 06, 2009 08:49:32 PM »

I'm brand spankin' new to embroidery (just took a class last night) and I have a question. Can you wash hand embroidered fabric (tea towels, napkins, jeans)? If so, what do you do to keep the thread from unraveling?  Do you have to wash by hand or can things go in the washing machine?

Thanks for any input!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009 03:47:14 AM »

I toss things in the wash ALL the time. Dish towels...giver! Things aren't going to unravel, if done properly.(I have a linen tea towel that is ancient, I have put it in hot water and bleach, the stitching is still going strong, the linen, not so much  Cheesy) I mean you have your thread ends stitched under securely .Or knotted....depending on what you're doing and preference. I wouldn't toss something that was embroidered with silk in the wash (obviously). I made my BF some Tees for xmas and they're still perfect, look a bit wrinkly at first and not as shiny as they were.
If in doubt, hand wash. Use a mild detergent (I use baby detergent).

Hope I helped and not confused.( It's early in the morn and I am caffeine deprived)  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009 09:41:23 AM »

I always make sure to wash whatever fabric I'm using before I start stitching so it's pre-shrunk. Then when I'm done, if it's a project I've spent a lot of time on, I wash it by hand in the sink and then dry it on the line outside - just to be safe, even though they should be totally fine to be washed in the machines.

Embroidery doesn't come out easily. I've had towels, bags, and shirts last for years even though they go through the wash all the time. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009 12:34:18 PM »

ditto, i just throw everything in the washer and dryer and everything comes out fine.  nothing has unraveled and i don't even knot the ends of my threads, i just weave the ends in, and everything is fine.

i always always always prewash fabrics/towels/pillowcases/napkins, etc.... that i plan to embroider on in warm water and dry on high heat.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009 02:52:55 PM »

I always make sure to wash whatever fabric I'm using before I start stitching so it's pre-shrunk. Then when I'm done, if it's a project I've spent a lot of time on, I wash it by hand in the sink and then dry it on the line outside - just to be safe, even though they should be totally fine to be washed in the machines.

Embroidery doesn't come out easily. I've had towels, bags, and shirts last for years even though they go through the wash all the time. 

this.  pre wash, and be careful to knot up well when you're stitching.  i machine wash things all the time.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2009 12:15:00 PM »

I also machine-wash hand-embroidered items all the time with no problems.   
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009 10:36:00 AM »

I'm not much of a washer person. If I have to (accidentally stained or obviously dirtied) then I'll spot clean or hand-wash with gentle soap (clear colors only, no optical brighteners) and air dry.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2009 01:44:24 PM »

I'm with what most of the others said!

1.  I pre-wash my fabric according to maker's instructions before stitching if I'm  transferring the pattern on to it myself. (You can't do that to pre-stamped kit fabric, the stamping will wash off)

2.  I Keep my piece as clean as possible while I work on it. I keep mine in zip-loc bags to keep my feline masters off of it!

4. When finished, I usually machine wash in cold water on delicate cycle with wool wash or shampoo.  Smaller pieces I lay flat to dry in an old towel or I line dry them outdoors.

5. I press out any wrinkles carefully with a medium iron with lots of steam action!
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