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« on: November 08, 2011 01:13:09 PM »

I'm hoping some of you sewing gurus can answer a question for me Smiley

I have some 100% cotton fabric which I plan to make shirts out of for my husband. We don't own a tumble dryer, so all our clothes are line dried. If I line dry this fabric after pre-washing it, what will happen if it ends up in a dryer one day? Will it shrink more? My concern is if he goes away on a business trip or something and has laundry done the shirts might end up in a dryer and shrink further. I can track down a laundrette if I really have to, but I'd rather not if I can possibly avoid it!

Any words of wisdom (particularly if based on experience) would be most welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011 06:52:30 PM »

Based on personal experience, the first time through the dryer (if it's run with heat) will shrink something even if you think it shouldn't.  Two things I'd recommend:  one, wash the fabric on the hottest water you can get, with lots of agitation.  Two, if he ever has his laundry done, remind him to ask them to use low heat.  It's not an unreasonable request.

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011 06:15:06 AM »

Thanks for your advice, Aislynn Smiley

If he ever has his laundry done, remind him to ask them to use low heat.  It's not an unreasonable request.

It's not an unreasonable request. Getting him to remember to ask, however....  Grin

I'm searching for a launderette as I might as well use a dryer if I can. If I can't find one around here I will wash in very hot water as you suggest. Thanks again.
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