QUILT FABRIC - PRE-WASH OR NOT TO PRE-WASH, THAT IS THE QUESTION!
I prefer to pre-wash my fabric to prevent shrinkage problems and to remove sizing and other chemicals that are added to the fabric.
But fraying is a common problem during washing.
Watch this video and read the article to see how to prevent excessive fraying.
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HOW TO PRE-WASH FABRIC
Zigzag stitch or serge the cut edges of the fabric. This is a little time consuming but it is worth the effort.
Clip a little triangle piece from each corner of the fabric. The corner clipping method still will have some fraying but the fraying is very minimal.
Unfold the entire length of fabric and gently place it into the washing machine. Or place the fabric in a large mesh laundry bag (especially put small pieces in a lingerie bag). Wash like colored fabrics together in cool water with a mild detergent.
Do not overload the washer and wash on the delicate cycle.
After washing, unfold and untwist the fabric and put it into the dryer. If the fabric is in a mesh laundry bag, toss laundry bag with fabric inside into the dryer.
Tumble dry on a low setting and remove the fabric from the dryer while it is still slightly damp. This helps to keep wrinkles from forming in the fabric to a minimum.
Press the fabric flat immediately,
Prewashing fabric for quilting is a personal choice. You alone make the decision.
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