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Sheila
« on: February 15, 2006 06:00:57 PM »

I have a very, very light/faded pair of blue jeans. And I have 3 bottles of navy RIT dye.
Would the denim take on the dye? Is there any possibility it would eat away at it?

Also, I have a corset I bought at hottopic but I decided I want to make it purple, it's already an offwhite/ivoryish color. But I guess it's considered a delicate, I don't put it in the washing machine, so if I were to dye it, would putting it in a bucket of RIT do the trick? I've never used RIT for anything so I don't really know how it works. I don't want to ruin either, I paid a lot for the "corset" so.. in the end would I just be better off not touching it with dye and just buying another?
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cmoore
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006 10:57:14 PM »

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I've never used RIT for anything

Lucky you. Now keep it that way. Wink

Sorry but RIT dye is horrible. It won't 'eat' your fabric, but you will be the dyer's version of Sisyphus, condemned to colour bleeding and bleeding and bleeding....and just when you think the bleeding has stopped, it'lll bleed some more.

Denim can be dyed with a fiber reactive dye and soda ash quite nicely, as it is cotton (Dylon cold water dyes are fiber reactive). As for your corset, it depends on what the fabric content is.
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ma2maya
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006 12:25:40 PM »

Sorry but RIT dye is horrible. It won't 'eat' your fabric, but you will be the dyer's version of Sisyphus, condemned to colour bleeding and bleeding and bleeding....and just when you think the bleeding has stopped, it'lll bleed some more.

Gotta use that the next time someone brings up RIT Cheesy

Kathy
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Sheila
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2006 05:44:36 PM »

thanks people, haha my mom wanted to use rit for her curtains, I'll be sure to throw it out then.
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