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« on: March 07, 2009 08:33:07 AM »

Okay so I have a red fabric I've used in the past and didn't prewash and it ended up bleeding big time  Tongue

Is there a way to make fabric colorfast in addition to prewashing? (I'm converted, I prewash now)  Like something I can add to the wash that's gonna keep the dye on the fabric?  I'm worried I just wash this red and it's still gonna bleed to some degree prewashed or not.

I'd like to use up the remnant, but otherwise guess it's going in the trash. 
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009 12:12:21 PM »

I usually heatset with an iron.
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009 07:48:56 AM »

after prewashing, I add vinegar to the last rinsing water. Quite much vinegar - well, it's cheap, isn't it? I was told at my local quilt shop to do so in these cases. My experience so far is good, though I'm quite new to this, and still have not washed my red-and-yellow quilt after finishing (or even finished it...). So I can't give any guarantees that is reeeally works, but I'm counting on it myself...
Best regards, Carolin
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009 06:55:23 AM »

There is a product called Retayne that works 90% of the time. Dharma Trading is a great company with great customer service but it is also sold at some quilt stores or places that sell fabric dyes.

Vinegar, as mentioned above works sometime so you might try that first.

The main thing it to check your fabric after you try anything. Throw it in the wash with a white piece of cotton fabric or a white towel. If the white is still white then you should be OK. Incedentally - that is a good tip for anytime you "prewash" fabric. often folks prewash thinking they have taken care of excess dye and problems with color running but usually if a fabric is going to run 1 wash alone won't do the trick. The only way to tell is to wash it with something white.
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009 12:52:58 PM »

Great advice thanks ladies, no sense in wasting fabric is there  Wink
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