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« on: March 07, 2006 07:39:50 PM »

Hey all,

I've done a lot of searching throughout the site and I'm still not finding the answer I'm looking for. I bought some onesies for my NEW little cousin :-) and want to embellish them, but white is so boring, and I'm sure she'll get them all messy. Ive never dyed fabric before, and there seems to be mixed opinions on RIT dyes. If I try to dye the onesies, will they bleed when they wash them? (even if i rinse it and wash it once). Will the dye be really harsh or anything? (The onesies are 100% cotton.)

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2006 08:16:55 AM »

yes, RIT will always bleed if used on cotton.  ALWAYS AND FOREVER.  and it is also not lightfast on cotton either.

get some fiber reactive dyes.  since you're only dyeing a few things, look for dylon, this is one common brand that is easy to get in places like michael's or jo-ann's.  i think it comes with all the soda ash you need but if not, you can get that in the pool section at places like k-mart.  follow the directions, it is pretty simple to use.

i dye over 200 yards of fabric and fiber at work each season so i have plenty of experience with the process, please ask any questions you might have and i'll be happy to help.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006 08:20:55 AM »

Awesome, I will look for it this weekend! Thanks for the advice! (I'm sure I'll have more questions once I actually buy the stuff) Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006 08:43:10 AM »

Dylon works a lot better for cotton.  It still bleeds and doesn't set as dark that container suggests though.

If you want something permanent and vivid try dharmatrading.com
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2006 08:50:51 AM »

Dylon still bleeds? Dang! I want something that won't ruin their laundry (they have a new baby, that's all they need is worrying about seperating this set of baby clothes from other stuff).

This turned out to be more complicated than I thought.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006 12:00:28 PM »

if your dylon is bleeding, you're not doing it right.  it is the same chemically as procion MX and it should not bleed or fade.

you have to make sure the pH of the bath is right, the temp is right, and the length of time batched is sufficient.

depending on the color you want, the batch time is from 60 minutes up to 24 hours.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2006 09:19:20 PM »

Dylon, a type of fiber reactive dye and in a similar class to the MX dyes Whitecalx was probably refering to at Dharma Trading, are washfast and quite permanent on cotton. I have not used Dylon myself(I use MXdyes daily) so am not sure how they are packaged and if you need to buy soda ash seperately. I would assume that everything you need is included or referred to as being needed.

You could also purchase mx dyes, which you generally can at place sliek Michaels or Joann's. At these places they are generally contained in "tie-dye kits" which would leave you with the option applying the dye with a squeeze bottle or doing a solid color dye bath.

2 great resources(besides here Wink ) on dyeing are
ITiedye.com's forum
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PBurch.net

The process may look like a lot but it really is and is very easy.

Another thought would be to decorate the onsies with fabric paint and stamps(combined with dyeing them would be real nice too Grin )
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2006 10:12:34 PM »

Dylon makes two different types of dye; "hot water" dyes and "cold water" dyes. The cold water is the fiber reactive type. And you need to buy soda ash as an auxiliary.
If it does continue to bleed, some retayne or raycafix (or whatever they're calling it now) can help with this problem. Synthrapol can help with back staining.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2006 03:10:14 AM »

retayne is not useful on fiber reactive dyes, it is only really effective on pigment dyes because it works mechanically, not chemically.

i don't personally ever use dylon, it is pretty expensive for the amount of work i do, but for something small like a few onesies, it is probably a cheaper choice than regular MX dyes.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2006 03:37:57 PM »

rit fades a lot and bleeds a lot on Cotton.  Dylon works better but the color never sets are dark as the package.  Always pastels.

dharmatrading.com has some great deals on dye kits that actually stick and don't bleed!
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