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« on: November 08, 2011 03:17:45 PM »

I've recently been working on a purse/bag for someone, but I didn't even think to test the thread first!!! The bag is just a plain white cotton bag. It looks like twill-dutch, basket, or oxford weave of the fabric. I'm halfway finished, and I need it done by the end of the week. What do I do? Do I just tell the person to never wash it (of course not, I'm stupid), or wash it now, or... Wah! I don't know!!!
 And, if it is a requirement to wash the thread first, how do you go about doing that?

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2011 01:43:17 PM »

What kind of floss are you using? In most cases DMC shouldn't bleed but it has been known to, especially the reds. Can you use a bleach pen on it to get rid of some of the bleeding. I've had to do that before and had success.

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011 12:26:00 AM »

Shout Color Catchers. 
They work like magic in the wash!  Somehow they suck all of the random staining stuff into the little sheet rather than letting it ruin clothing.  I've seen one come out all black after accidentally washing a sharpie with my work pants.  Absolutely NO staining on any clothing, and the Sharpie was dead. 

I've used one in the wash with new red shirts and stuff to keep the color from spreading.  Smiley

I'd at least try it with the purse.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012 11:24:38 AM »

If you're not sure if it will bleed, test it now... Stitch a small bit on a small piece of muslin and wash it. If it bleeds, you know the issues. If it doesn't bleed, you're good! Smiley

As someone else said, if it's a standard brand - DMC, Anchor, Sullivans, it's not very likely to bleed. Hand-dyes are another beastie altogether. Smiley Good luck!

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