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nomadbubble
« on: October 24, 2012 08:21:57 PM »

Hi,

I recently bought some colorful fabric and I was told to pre-wash it before starting a quilting project because the colors were likely to leak. I was also told to wash it with vinegar.

After 3 times, my green fabric is fine, but the purple one keeps losing its dye. Is there anything I can do, or should I just abandon the idea of using that fabric or ever washing the bag if I do it anyway? I'm also not sure about if I'm doing the vinegar thing right. What I've done is I've soaked the fabric in very hot water mised with vinegar, later rinsed it and dried it in the drier.

Thanks!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012 08:35:57 AM »

Hmm, maybe try sending it through a hot wash and a hot drier cycle? Sometimes dye will set better if heated. Your fabric will likely shrink a bit further than it already has. You could also try some of those colour catcher thingies in the wash.
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nomadbubble
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012 08:21:45 AM »

Thanks, I'll look into that!
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012 12:16:46 PM »

I like to soak darker fabrics in a bowl of 1:1 water and vinegar over night, not just an hour.  Then rinse it out until it doesn't smell of vinegar, anymore, and air dry it.  I sew clothing for dolls, and the fabric has to be set before it's used, because the dolls I sew for are expensive.
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steiconi
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012 02:14:08 AM »

Some dyes set better with salt than vinegar.  Try soaking in salt water, then washing again.
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nomadbubble
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012 02:42:55 PM »

With what kind of salt? Not regular table salt, right?
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steiconi
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012 08:37:36 PM »

yup, table salt.  doesn't matter if it's iodized or not!
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nomadbubble
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012 09:21:38 AM »

Wow, thanks! How much salt do I need?
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012 11:17:08 AM »

 I soak things that I think will run in hot water with vinegar and table salt added (enough to make the room smell like chips) and then wash and dry how ever I plan on washing and drying the item.  It works really well. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2013 11:51:49 PM »

when i pre wash my fabrics, a good handfull of salt, and a couple of glugs of vinegar Smiley
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