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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Can I wash a wool/polyester blend? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Can I wash a wool/polyester blend?
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Date: 9/16/10 12:02 PM

I went thrift shopping recently and came across a beautiful wool/polyester blend suiting fabric still on the bolt ($10.99/yd)- I got 6 yards for 25c per yard (woo hoo!) Anyway, the instructions read "dry clean only". I've been told that some dry clean only fabrics can be washed on a gentle setting. I know that wool shrinks. The combo is 55% wool/ 45% polyester. I'm not big on dry cleaning 6 yards of fabric. Any thoughts?

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Date: 9/16/10 12:21 PM

I just made a coat from some wool/poly that I machine washed a couple times first. It was fine. As always, cut out a test swatch (maybe 6 x6 inches), serge around the edges, trace it onto a piece of paper then wash/dry. When done, compare the swatch to the tracing on the paper.

Use gentle setting and low/mid dryer heat or hang dry.

The ideal is to handle the fabric in the manner in which you plan to wash/dry the final garment.

Sounds like a great score. Good luck!!

Patty

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Date: 9/16/10 12:24 PM

Thank you *Sew Patty* for the step-by-step. Will do!!!

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