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« on: May 24, 2009 11:22:32 AM »

I have some fabric I bought in the early to mid 70's.  Would that be considered vintage?
Also when you get new fabric and are going to use it to make something with it, ie: a totebag, do you usually wash the fabric first?

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009 02:22:25 PM »

You are supposed to wash new fabric before using it so that if it's going to shrink, it does before you make something with it, otherwise if it shrinks later it would ruin the garment.

Thing is, I never do it.  The fabrics I choose never shrink, so I never have had that problem.  And by the time I learnt about this, I had been sewing for some time already.  I just never saw the need and so keep this bad habit of not doing it.

What I do know is that some fabrics are bound to shrink when new and others never shrink.  And then there are fabrics that are sold pre-washed. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009 08:18:43 PM »

Yes, 70s is vintage.  And, I'd prewash as some of the vintage fabrics have sizing in them that gives off fumes if you iron it before washing.
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009 06:49:05 AM »

Thank you.  I did think it was vintage, but I wanted to make sure.

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