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« on: January 10, 2011 10:21:27 AM »

I've been going back and forth with this so I thought I would get some expert opinions. I never washed my fabrics before making purses...mostly because they were just for personal use. But I want to start selling them and figured I needed to wash them just in case the customer wants to as well, so it would avoid problems. I work at a fabric store and have asked some customers who make bags and...to my surprise...they don't wash their fabrics. The issue I had when I washed my fabrics was that even with a ton of ironing, they still had a bit of faint wrinkle that drove me insane. Which is why I wanted to go back to not washing.

Any suggestions? What do you all do when you make bags to sell? To wash or not?

Thanks so much.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011 02:30:26 PM »

I, too, usually wash my fabric, but I recently purchased Lisa Lam's (U-handbag) "The Bag Making Bible." She says she never washes fabric.  Instead, she suggests that bags should be spot cleaned, not washed.  I've got to say that I so seldom wash my own bags that I'm about to adopt Lisa's recommendations!
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011 03:55:15 PM »

I, too, usually wash my fabric, but I recently purchased Lisa Lam's (U-handbag) "The Bag Making Bible." She says she never washes fabric.  Instead, she suggests that bags should be spot cleaned, not washed.  I've got to say that I so seldom wash my own bags that I'm about to adopt Lisa's recommendations!

Thanks so much! That is great advice. I could probably send a little "Care Card" with my bags to tell the buyer to Spot Clean only.
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