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SandiMacD
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Date: 10/7/11 6:40 AM

We moved and for the first time in 18 yrs I bought a new washer. My old pair worked super but it was a long haul to a new home so I got a new line (Cabrio) with the same brand (Whirlpool/KitchenAid) and gave the old pair to my son's family.
I am really regretting it. I have never experienced a water saver model. Made tons of calls and shopped but seems like nothing can now be sold that doesnt "save" water!
The washing machine decides where it needs to be filled. There is no way for me to fill and cover fabric and spin it out. It automatically drains any water I pour in by hand. I tried manually soaking in a bucket of hot water but since there is no spin cycle I have to wait 20+ min to go though a rinse and spin cycle.
It is hard to adjust to change. Exactly how are others pre-shrinking with these newer models? I also used to add cornstarch to cold washer water, then fabric but now find myself doing much by hand, spending hours in sink and in washer and wasting time and electricity to get to a spin function. Thinking of getting a countertop hand crank washer just to do the hot water soak and spin.
Any suggestions? Am weary of standing over sink and washer for 3 hours instead of minutes like with my old one and using way more water and electric.
-- Edited on 10/7/11 6:42 AM --

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Date: 10/7/11 7:00 AM

yup, have the same problem, as I have a similar machine. I have no ideas either.

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Date: 10/7/11 8:00 AM

Misery loves company, thanks for letting me know I am not alone. Perhaps someone will offer an insight.

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Date: 10/7/11 11:54 AM

I'm not going to be of much help, but I sympathize with you.

The countertop washers don't spin, at least the ones that I've seen, don't. I bought one years ago, and had completely forgotten until you mentioned them. You have to get a separate "spinning" unit. Anywho, I just asked my son if he remembered the unit, and he thinks I got rid of it years ago.

Do you think your son's family would like your new set in exchange for your old one?

If you have the room, the other suggestion I have would be for you to purchase another top load (inexpensive) washer.
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Date: 10/7/11 1:00 PM

Washing machines that are overly controlling are such a drag! One excellent machine that has a front loading mechanism is the Staber. I had one for ten years and loved it. We moved to another state and sold the machine with the house , boy do I miss it. I have to make do with a simple agitating one for now in our new house. The Staber is simple and can be stopped, started, opened and closed at any point in the cycle. Love that.

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Date: 10/7/11 6:39 PM

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There is no way for me to fill and cover fabric and spin it out.

Have you tried all the cycles, to see how high the water levels are? We got a FL machine six months ago (an HE ~high efficiency~ unit) that has a Delicates cycle that will fill up fairly decently with water - up to the bottom of the glass on the door. If I have any pre-shrinking of yardage, that's the cycle I choose. Smaller pieces of quilting cottons go in with the regular wash, unless I'm worried about colors running.

One thing I've noticed with the FL is that quilting cottons don't fray as badly, when being pre-washed, as they did in the TL washer.

It really doesn't matter, IMO if the water covers the fabric or not. A gentle cycle that gets it wet should be sufficient. That's how it will be washed as a finished product. Although I will admit that after all these years, with a FL washer I wish our laundry room sink was larger. . . I liked the ability to control the olf mechanical TL washer.

A friend's Whirlpool Duet FL has a "soak" cycle, although it does 'agitate' instead of just sitting there doing a true soak.
-- Edited on 10/7/11 6:40 PM --
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Date: 10/7/11 6:43 PM


This makes one want to go get all the old washers they can find off Craiglist and store them for future use.

I have the same problem with my dryer wanting to override my wishes. Has a computer brain.. and it always stops drying way before the clothes are dried.. and then it won't go back on for more than two minutes. So I have to throw something very wet in with the sorta dried clothes that were already in there to keep it from turning off again. Irritating to have to babysit your appliances.

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Date: 10/7/11 7:05 PM

You all are seriously scaring me!!!!!!!!!!! I am planning (should I say ~ have been planning) to spring for an HE washer ~ I was thinking either Whirlpool's Cabrio or Maytag's Bravos. I wanted an HE washer because they use less water and being on septic system vs city system thought that would be a big advantage. And I like to reduce water use, regardless, if I can. but if it poses troubles. . .Hhmm, I might not want an appliance I have to fiddle and fuss with. If I wanted to do that, goodness, I'd wash by hand like the pioneers.

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Date: 10/7/11 7:14 PM

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.. and then it won't go back on for more than two minutes.

That would be very annoying. I think I'll go hug my dryer. It leaves some things a little too damp, but it'll go right back on when I tell it to.
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Date: 10/8/11 0:21 AM

I'm not sure if I understand the problem. I prewash any fabric length I want to in a front loading Miele (water saving). It has a water plus button but I never use it. I just run the appropriate programme for the fabric. All of the load gets wet, by the drum action rolling the contents round in the water. There's a pre wash option, I've never stood and watched it, but I think it just rolls the drum occasionally during the soak.

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