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How to Wash Fabric for Sewing and Quilting (and Should You?)

Should you or should you not wash your fabric before constructing your garment or quilt? A few tips and techniques and some general knowledge about washing and testing your fabric before you cut and start your project.

Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting

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Comment by Phyllis Chambliss on March 21, 2015 at 1:40pm

Thank you for this video, I don't wash my fabric now I know thanks.

Comment by Janice Selden on December 8, 2014 at 1:04am

I truly appreciate the info you shared. I usually cut small square samples of fabric, and individually place them in small white plastic bowls of hot water, then swish the fabric in the bowl maybe twenty minutes later to see if it bleeds or not. But, I never thought to dampen a white cotton cloth and rub the colored fabric to test for color fast. Thanks for that tip. By the way, the historical quilt top you worked on is beautiful. I also like what I saw on your shelf. Wish I could take a look around your place to see all you've done :-) Continue to enjoy  all your quilting endeavors.

Comment by Elizabeth Smith on November 16, 2014 at 11:03am

Very informative.  I so admire quilters, they must have a great deal of patience.  I do sew quit a bit and make soft sculpture dolls but have never been driven to try quilting.  Be very proud of the quilt that you finished, it is actually a piece of history that was made across time and by so many different hands.  That is what makes it so unique. I love it.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and the story of the quilt.

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