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« on: May 30, 2006 01:44:46 PM »

 I searched the history, but couldn't find any information... I am going to be dying a baby pink shirt, using Rit dye, black. I heard there was a trick to getting it to be colorfast and to resist fading when washed, but I forgot waht it was. Does anyone know of any tricks??
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006 02:10:51 PM »

any trick you've heard of regarding RIT dye is a myth, it is not colorfast on any fabric except nylon, no matter what you do to it.

assuming the shirt you're dyeing is cotton, you need a fiber reactive dye.  be advised that most RTW clothing is sewn with poly thread, which won't dye.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006 03:49:15 PM »

You can purchase dye-setting chemicals, like Retayne, which work on cottons. However, I agree with rostitchery that you will be better off with a fiber reactive dye such as Procion. You can use these dyes in the washing machine, or in a tub, they are very colorfast and come in a wide range of colors. You do need some auxiliary materials like non-iodized salt and soda ash (you can use washing soda for the soda ash, as long as you get one with no bleach additive - Arm & Hammer makes a type of washing soda like this, available at grocery stores in the cleaning or laundry aisle). Fiber reactive dyes are available online, or at some yarn stores or craft shops (Pearl Art usually has some).
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2006 04:36:21 PM »

 Thanks guys! I ended up just oging ahead with the Rit, just becuase it is a test for another recon. Next time I will buy something more expensive though  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2006 06:23:55 PM »

FWIW, fiber reactives are NOT more expensive.  by volume, RIT is up to 7 times more expensive.  RIT is a union dye that contains more fillers than dye--procion is pure, unadulterated dye agent.

since you are making black, be sure to use the shortest possible wash cycle when cleaning your shirt because most city water has enough chlorine in it to break down RIT black.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006 04:34:26 PM »

I am glad you posted this because I had some questions about RIT dye as well from another project that I did.  I found a place in my hometown (finally) that carries the procion dye, and I am going to test it out on the weekend.  Hopefully it works over the rit dye!

If anyone has any tips on how to use the procion it would be greatly appreciated.

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