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Does everyone launder their fabric first?

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TotallyAddictedToLurking Sun 27-Apr-14 15:46:14

I am a total beginner and I wondered if you are supped to launder your fabric before sewing with it?

NannyR Sun 27-Apr-14 16:33:11

I do if I'm making something like a quilt where I'm using lots of different fabrics that might shrink at different rates. I don't make clothes but I suppose you would to need pre wash to to get accurate sizing.

reindeesandchristmastrees Sun 27-Apr-14 18:19:22

I do. It has something to do with getting the stuff off that is involved in the making of the fabric and you get a better finish

MaisieM0pHead Sun 27-Apr-14 19:13:06

I usually do in case it shrinks when washed and the finished item is spoiled, especially when making lined curtains as the lining shrinks at a different rate to the curtain fabric and they end up distorted when you wash them, as I have found out to my cost sad

Thumbcat Sun 27-Apr-14 19:25:06

If you're making clothes it's best that any shrinkage in the material takes place before you've spent hours cutting and sewing.

mimiasovitch Sun 27-Apr-14 20:33:00

Always. I've had a few frocks shrink, so I've learnt from my laziness!

TotallyAddictedToLurking Sun 27-Apr-14 20:38:46

Ah yes shrinking! I never thought of that. Thank you smile

craftynclothy Tue 29-Apr-14 17:30:09

I usually prewash if I'm dressmaking because of the shrinkage. However I don't prewash for quilting because I like the effect you get from the shrinkage (I only use cotton)

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