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