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.

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

 



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