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    Micki's Avatar Micki is offline Junior Member
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    Hello everyone... A simple question here. I have always washed my fabric before I cut pieces to quilt. I am really liking the idea of charm packs and layer cakes but it looks like they would be hard to wash sense they are small pieces.... Do you all wash your fabric first and do you wash your charm packs before quilting?

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    I work at a quilt store and we don't per wash ANY fabric. Plus working with unwashed fabric is so much nicer to sew with
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    Never pre-wash a pre-cut and there is no reason to wash yardage anymore. They no longer use the dangerous chemicals they did years ago. It is also easier to work with before washing and if you don't pre-wash they should all shrink the same and not distort your quilt.
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    I never pre-wash fabric. But I always use Shout Color Catchers in the wash just in case something bleeds.
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    Some people wash, some don't, but I think they always tell you to NEVER wash the precuts or you will have a mess of little wonky pieces to deal with. Years ago I did wash everything because that is what we were taught to do, but now I never wash any good fabric. It IS much easier to cut and piece if it isn't washed, plus I don't think it is necessary. If I think something might fade or shrink, I test a small piece of it, and I might wash and dry some cheaper flannels. I haven't had any issues yet by not washing.
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    I wash fabric from Walmart. I've had reactions on my hands and sinus issues from some of their fabrics. So I always wash theirs. I wash flannels.

    When I sewed clothing years and years ago, they wanted the fabric washed (if you were going to wash it when it was finished,) that way if it was going to shrink, it would still fit after it was done. I don't remember anybody worrying about chemicals back then.

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    Haven't washed my fabrics in years.... I love the ease of working wth unwashed fabrics...and they feel so nice.

    It would be difficult to wash precuts, in fact, it is recommended that you don't, in order to avoid distortion and possible fraying.


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    I prewash all yardage and flannel, but never prewash precuts. Strictly a matter of personal preference, I don't think there is a hard rule.
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    I pre wash all my yardage for clothing. The reason was that I was selling children's clothing on Ebay and etsy. Ebay customers especially wanted it for shrinkage issues. They spent hundreds on really intricate applique. If you don't wash first it distorts the appliques. I'm digressing lol So for me, clothing yes, precuts no.



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    I pre wash all yardage and flannel especially. Not pre cuts. Sometimes the dyes and sizing in some fabrics gives me a reaction. Coming from a clothing maker everything get s pre washed. Just not pre cuts.
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