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« on: February 26, 2006 02:23:38 PM »

Hi Fellow Cross-Stitchers-

I just bought a new product and it says to wash the floss in warm soapy water and let it dry before actually scrapbooking. I've never done this before, I am just weird or what? Can you let me know if this works and what exactly it does. Thanks! Ohh, one more thing. When I tape around the outside of the project ( to keep the thing from ratting off) I usually use masking tape, do you thinking packing tape would work? I appreciate your help. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006 03:06:29 PM »

I never wash it first. I didn't know you were supposed to. It might just be a matter of shrinking but if you don't need to wash the whole thing later on it probably doesn't matter.

Also, I imagine packing tape would work; so long as you seal it to itself real well. Lately, I've been using that liquid fray-block stuff and it works for me  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2006 08:07:28 PM »

Thanks! That is just what I needed to know, I appreciate it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2006 02:54:48 AM »

If it says to do that it may not be colorfast. So if you have to wash it later it may bleed all over the place. Do you know what kind of floss it is?

Also if you own a serger, or a sewing maching with a serger stitch, those work wonderfully for keeping edges nice and they work with the fabric and keep it from being too stiff.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2006 02:31:16 PM »

I've only used DMC floss so I've never had to wash it, and I've never seen that on any package...they might bleed if they aren't washed first. 

I used to cover my edges with masking tape, but I've noticed that with the DMC brand of Aida fabric that you can buy, the edges are cut with pinking shears.  It helps a lot with the fraying....unless of course it's a huge project, then you'll have some, but still not nearly as bad as edges that are cut straight.
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