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    Default Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    I have 40 strips of assorted Wilm Reds. The fabric feels wonderful, smooth and soft. I wanted to use them for binding a quilt with a cream border but worry about bleeding. I ironed a few strips and used Best Press where the main fold was, and it made a pink spot on my ironing board cover. The quilt is for a boy and so a pink border would not cut it. What would you do?

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Oh bleeding reds (or any color for that matter) is no fun. No fun at all. I think I would try to soak as many strips as necessary in a solution of vinegar and salt to maybe help set the dye and then gently rinse in a sink until no more red dye ran out when squeezed. I would hang to dry (to prevent fraying) and iron. Use as normal.

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    using Retayne to keep the color in works well.

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Use the retayne. The vinegar and salt thing doesn't work on modern dyes.
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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    I don't understand why we are having bleeding problems with our fabric. I don't have bleeding problems with new clothing that I purchase and I know they are not soaking the fabric in solutions. Why do you think this is.?

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    I don't understand either. I never prewash and I'm not having any problems with bleeding.
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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Ohhhh. The red backing that I had bleed recently through my quilt was Wilmington backing. I know that the rule is not to wash strips, but I would in this case. Unfortunately I found out after I washed it, even though I prewashed it before sewing. It kept on bleeding.

    I suggest washing the strips by hand in a sink with hot water and Oxiclean and Dawn. You might have to do this several times until your water is clear. Then on last wash, I would add Retayne.

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Oh oh, I am in the process of making a quilt with Wilmington reds and cream prints. Should I use color catchers in addition to Retayne?

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Well I did the soak in plain hot water test on the Wilm Reds and after an hour the water looks like cherry kool aid. I am rethinking the red altogether and going with blue instead, yardage I have used before and know it will not run. I dont have either Retayne or Synthrapol in my house and don't know where to get it (have never used either one). Don't have oxyclean either. I guess I am not prepared for a quilting emergency!
    Last edited by jjkaiser; February 6th, 2019 at 02:45 AM.

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    Default Re: Wilmington Reds and bleeding

    Quote Originally Posted by jjkaiser View Post
    Well I did the soak in plain hot water test on the Wilm Reds and after an hour the water looks like cherry kool aid. I am rethinking the red altogether and going with blue instead, yardage I have used before and know it will not run. I dont have either Retayne or Synthrapol in my house and don't know where to get it (have never used either one). Don't have oxyclean either. I guess I am not prepared for a quilting emergency!
    I didn't have OxiClean either but I went out and got some for quilting fabrics only. It was that or live with a king-size quilt that I felt was ruined. I have seen the other products, Retayne & Synthropol, at my LQS and on-line but have not bought.

    I would resoak the red fabric again. It will probably come out clear. And it should be safe after that.

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