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« on: August 12, 2008 11:32:27 AM »

Okay I jinxed myself after writing to angelbum about never having bleeding issues with DMC floss.  Now I'm having them with fabric!!

I know it's very important to launder fabrics before stitching on them to prevent shrinkage and distortion of stitches if the project is laundered after it is finished.  So I bought a placemat at Wal-Mart to stitch on and make a purse out of (see placemat bag tutorial in purse forum if interested).  The placemat is a beautiful "ribbon stripe" plum placemat.  The label says it is 100% polyester microfiber, stain resistant, and wrinkle resistant.  The care directions say to machine wash cold, tumble dry, cool iron.

THANK GOODNESS I washed it by hand since I didn't have a dark load of laundry coming up.  The placemat turned the water reddish purple!!!  Yikes, SO SO glad it wasn't in the wash turning everything reddish purple!!!!  Anyway, the really weird thing is I started out just rinsing and soaking the placemat in cold water.  The water was clear.  Then I drained the sink and added a little bit (no more than a tablespoon) of plain ol regular liquid TIDE.  This is when the fabric dye started to bleed/leak and the water turned red.  I rinsed the placemat out in cold water and the water ran clear, when I used TIDE again the fabric bled and turned the water red.

I've bought patterned colored cotton fabric before and thrown it in with the wash and nothing to my knowledge has bled.  Is it because cotton doesn't ever bleed???

My "ployester microfiber" placement is air drying now and the color stills seems as vivid when compared to how the placement looked before I washed it.  Does anyone know why the fabric bled when using TIDE + coldwater?Huh?  Does it have anything to do with the placement being "polyester microfiber" or "stain resistant"Huh  I just find it odd that nothing bled when I used cold water on the placemat.

At least I know to tell the gift recipient to only wash her purse in plain ol cold water, NO SOAP!, if it ever needs washing.

Sorry for the rambling, any opinions/thoughts/advice welcome.

« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008 04:16:21 PM »

Cotton fabric can bleed too.  I think it all depends on the type of dye and the quality of the dye job.  I don't think there is any way to know ahead of time whether your item will bleed other than to wash it ahead of time.  You can add some vinegar to your water to help hold the color in.

Often I launder with those little sheets that will attract the dye so the color doesn't transfer throughout my wash.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008 04:19:34 PM »

a towel can help too when washing.

« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008 11:41:06 AM »

I've never had problems with fabrics bleeding before, however, I went ahead and took the placemat back to Wal-mart and got my whopping $3 back.  It was going to be used for part of a gift and I didn't want to worry about the gift recipient laundering it and messing up her load of laundry.

In the future, I'll probably give fabrics a  quick rinse in the sink before I toss it in the washer with other fabrics I've recently bought. 


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