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Topic: Newbie ? - Halving curtain panels, wash first?  (Read 813 times)
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« on: July 05, 2013 06:50:38 PM »

Hi there! Newbie here. Bought a little sewing machine simply to get curtain panels on my windows.

I have store-bought faux silk panels with a lining, and I want to cut them in half (making one panel into two), and hem them. Since they have already been hemmed by the manufacturer, do I need to wash them before I cut them and hem them?

If so, do I use a special wash?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2013 07:41:36 PM »

What does the care label say?  Are the panels washable or do they need to be dry cleaned?  If washable, go ahead and follow directions.  I know sewers that take their fabric to the cleaners before sewing it if it's important that it be done.  I would go ahead and sew them and clean them later, IMHO.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2013 09:27:56 AM »

If they've already been made into something, no point washing them first, they've already been treated if treatment was needed in the first place. But, it's important to know how to wash them for later when they actually get dirty so at least read that part before throwing the packaging away!

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