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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2008 12:03:44 AM »

in ideal land i machine baste around the perimeter of the fabric to prevent fraying, wash it however i plan to wash the finished item, iron it, and all that.  what actually happens.. well. that's different:)

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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2008 12:28:58 AM »

I think it's always a good idea to pre-wash fabric, even if it claims to be pre-shrunk.  Usually just washed fabric smells and feels nicer to work with, also it might shrink or bleed colours.  Best to get that out of the way as soon as possible.  I do think either basting or using those special scissors to prevent fraying is a good idea.
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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2008 03:32:14 PM »

Now, don't prewash that printed fabric with a regular load of wash - it may need to be alone in the wash if it can't keep it's colors to itself yet - but otherwise, I always try to chuck fabric that may pose the threat of shrinking into the laundry with the appropriate color clothes.  I used to never prewash, with occasional remorse, so adding it to the rest of the laundry is pretty easy when in doubt.  Retromiad is right, it usually feels better, and I think it sews better (without the finishes on it anymore.)
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2008 05:36:30 PM »

I always wash - unless it is some fabric that is dry clean only..

I especially wash if combining 2 different fabrics - every manufacturer is different in skrinkage, dyes etc.

I do this with clothing, quilts, etc.

If you like the feel of the sizing in new material, then just iron with starch or sizing prior to cutting and sewing after you wash it.
« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2009 11:35:29 AM »

Is it always necessary to wash your fabric before sewing?


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« Reply #25 on: September 25, 2009 11:41:06 AM »

By washing certain fabrics your also preshrinking them, like cotton or cotton blends, linen, etc.  You'll want to do this with clothing, if you don't prewash you run the risk of having your project come out looking wonky after your first wash. 

« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2009 09:36:47 PM »

I don't.  Most of the fabric they sell where I am is already preshrunk, so why bother?

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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2009 08:49:13 AM »

Because you never know, because the fabric may behave differently after it is washed, because it may have sizing on it.

I prewash my fabrics-sort of. It is annoying because I I don't have a washer, but I will fill the sink or bathtub with hot water and let it soak, then after it is not dry, but not dripping wet I iron it. I know that part of washing is drying and if you intend to wash and dry in the dryer, you should dry your fabric in the dryer on the setting you will normally use, but that is where I draw the line of pre shrinking/no washer dryer.

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« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2009 09:59:45 AM »

Store bought clothes always shrink in the dryer for me, so I figure fabric will too. I wash all fabric that I will wash once it's made into something on the handwash setting so it doesn't fray too much but then dry it on the setting I use for drying all laundry. I don't wash things I won't be machine washing/drying later (like formal dress fabrics) because I feel like it could do more damage than good sometimes.
Also, I second hoxierice: some fabrics definitely behave differently after washing.
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2009 08:12:11 AM »

I just bought some cute plaid cotton homespun type fabric yesterday, and I'm wondering if I need to run it through the washer and dryer before sewing with it? I'm living in a dorm, so a load of laundry would cost me money. If it's not necessary i'd rather skip the prewash or just combine it with a normal load of laundry. Do you think the dye would bleed on my other clothes if I washed them together?

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