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« on: February 24, 2010 03:29:06 PM »

So here's the situation.  I embroidered a sheet with a few small images (Sublime Stitching Xmas and Winter images) and used it as a Christmas tree skirt.  I followed the suggestions from a previous thread I started about washing embroidered items (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303961.0).  I washed and dried the sheet on high before stitching it.  I made periodic knots on the back.  I washed it on delicate and dried it in the no heat cycle.  Unfortunately, when I took it out of the dryer I found that more than half the thread on the front had SHREDDED.  It didn't seem like it unraveled from the back...the knots seemed intact.  It was only my third project and I was so bummed.

The sheet was an inexpensive one from Target...only 250 thread count.  Was that the problem? 

Any other thoughts about what went wrong?  Thanks for any help anyone can provide!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2010 12:53:21 PM »

Can you take a picture of it? I'm not sure what happen but maybe with a picture I can tell. I wonder if it got wrapped around the middle part of the washing machine.

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2010 07:41:02 PM »

250 thread count is pretty good. Certainly not a loose weave. I assume the floss was a new name brand. I have had the washer shred up wash cloths. This never happened using the commercial washers at my apartment. But I found that the personal washers I had at my house and now at the apartment I'm at, do shred items. They are very hard on fabrics.

My thought is the same as kittykills, that it got wrapped up in the washer.

I'm so sorry this happened to your item after all your work.  Sad
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010 05:20:35 PM »

What a bummer!

The plastic lining of my washing machine is very knicked up after 7 years of use.  I have had tons of snags from it, so I put my pieces in a lingerie bag, it seems to protect them pretty well.  And I never put pieces in the dryer...always hang or lay them flat.

Was your thread new? Sometimes older floss 'dries out' and will decay once it's washed. But usually its the fault of your washer/dryer.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010 10:12:02 PM »

Did you put it in the wash by itself? I find that my washer does horrible things to garments in small washes but works like a dream for a larger load. So for a future wash, I'd say sneak it in with a full load. Also if it was in with other things, did they have zippers, buttons, or hooks? I once had a zipper shred everything in sight, now I always make sure that all fasteners are secure before washing.

Another possibility is if you used a lot of satin stitch over a large area it kind of bows out from the fabric underneath and that's when it can snag on things. If this is the case, I'd wash similarly done items in lingerie bags like lisalady suggests.
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010 10:42:07 PM »

I ruined a new shirt recently in my boyfriend's brother's washer (I do laundry there when I visit cuz the laundromat near my apartment is stupid-expensive). Pretty sure that most of the holes in my and my boyfriend's clothes are from folds getting snagged underneath the swishy thing, as I had a washer years ago that did the same thing and the problem worsened with time.

I don't know how to do it, but the top of the swishy thing comes off and there is a giant nut, or maybe the top of the bolt, which actually secures the swishy thing to the mechanism in the bottom of the drum. That's the thing that needs to be tightened.

« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010 10:21:22 AM »

What type of embroidery floss did you use?

I am assuming that it was the floss that shredded, and not the pillowcase, as I have never had a pillowcase shred on me, barring the commercial washer I once used and it was an uber cheapie pillowcase. The type of floss that you use could be the culprit.

You will probably have to restitch the piece, however, I would use only DMC or Anchor embroidery floss and hand wash the piece in a lingerie bag just to make sure. You might also want to look into using a stabilizer after you are finished stitching to get it to stay where it needs to.

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010 01:52:43 AM »

May have been your stitches, if the tension on the cloth while you were embroidering it was to lose this can happen; I know every one on here is thinking its the floss, but I use cheap'o floss Sullivan's(the stuff Hancock's sells now), and the 36 or 110 packets of six strand stuff you can get for like $3.99 at craft stores, and I have *knock on wood* any of it to shred in the wash, and I sew on every pillow case I own, and most are just 180 thread count some are even less, like 120.  I know your not suppose to do this but when I know something is going to get washed I start and finish it with knots, I make my knots in a particular way, after your last stitch go back under and make a loop and then go threw the loop makes a unnoticed knot, I also tack down all my satin stitching with something decorative on top even if its the same color. But really you should wash things on a hand wash and in a net washing bag. I wish you would put up a pic, I have lots of experience with these issues.
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