To Pre-Wash, or Not to Pre-Wash – That is the Question

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Excellent Video About Whether or Not to Pre-Wash Quilt Fabric!

The topic of pre-washing quilt fabric is a bit controversial. Some quilters swear by it and others wouldn’t dream of washing fabric before it’s sewn into a quilt.

Those who pre-wash do so to avoid uneven shrinkage and bleeding in the finished quilt, and to see the drape and texture of the washed fabric. Those who don’t pre-wash feel that the quality of modern fabrics makes it unnecessary and want to retain the straight-off-the-bolt finish for easier piecing.

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not to pre-wash. In the following video Laura from Sew Very Easy shares her thoughts about when she pre-washes and when she doesn’t. Rather than pre-wash everything, she decides based on the fabric and the project.

She also shows us how to test a fabric for bleeding, and how to wash and dry fabric should you decide to do so.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.

Do you pre-wash? Or not? Leave a comment below letting us know your preference, and why.


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