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Topic: Should I wash prewash cotton piping cord?  (Read 1683 times)
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« on: August 17, 2009 03:55:22 PM »

I was making a removable pillow case with welting around the edges so I can wash it. I realized that I had taken all that care in pre washing and drying the fabric , but I didn't do anything with the cotton cording I used to make my own piping. Are you suppose to pre wash that too? Will it shrink inside the piping and ruin my pillowcase when I wash it?


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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009 05:24:05 PM »

I seriously doubt that the cord shrinks. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009 10:52:06 PM »

I don't think you'll have a problem with the cord because all of the fibers inside the cord are loose and won't pull the others, but just to be safe you can hand wash and flat dry your cord. If it goes in the washer without fabric holding it together it'll probably shred.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009 01:52:13 PM »

Just to be sure, I think I'd throw it in a lingerie bag and wash on the hottest setting.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009 10:17:08 AM »

Maybe you could cut off a length, measure it, and wash it in the lingerie bag at the hottest setting.. then if it comes out and it hasn't shrunk you know you don't need to wash the rest... also if it shreds in the wash you will also k,now not to wash it. 
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2009 08:46:54 AM »

This reply is probably too late for the OP's purposes, but in case it helps others: I made removable cotton pillow cases with cording. Pre-washed the fabric but not the cord. Have since washed the cases several times without any problems.
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