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could acetate or lurex ruin my washer?
Liz in Cville
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Date: 12/3/11 4:32 PM

Just received a mystery bundle from FM. Per house rules, everything must go in the wash asap, unless it's REALLY dry clean only (as in, too expensive to risk washing, or likely to ruin the washing machine).

Among other things, there is a navy-colored lining-type fabric. Does anyone have an idea how to tell whether or not it's acetate? I tried a burn test, but really don't know how to do one... All I noticed is that the warp and weft burned differently.

If it is acetate, does anyone known whether it's likely to break down and leave residue in our washing machine? While we're on the subject, there's this sparkly=looking brown fabric, too (which I"m about to try to id on FM's site.... lurex and something, no doubt). Would you risk that on warm water? No more mystery bundles, I've resolved... which is a little like the never-drink-again pledges I made when I worked at a bar.

Thanks very much in advance for any input!

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Date: 12/3/11 4:38 PM

Acetate will dissolve in nail polish remover.

I have never worried about a fabric leaving a residue in my washer. Crayons, now that is another story especially in the dryer.

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Date: 12/3/11 10:14 PM

If the warp and weft burn differently, it's probably a blend. Poly burns to a plastic bead.

Acetate will wash fine, although it may shrink and will probably wrinkle quite a bit.

Lurex is plastic fiber on which metal vapor has been deposited, and it's not clear to me from searching whether it's washable or not. If you do wash it, I would do it all by itself so that if the fibers break in the wash, it won't deposit the pieces on other fabric.

Why don't you call Fabric Mart (or email them), and ask?

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Date: 12/3/11 10:27 PM

Acetate is a nightmare to get flat again once it has been through a washer and dryer. Crinkles everywhere! But it certainly shouldn't harm any machinery, nor should Lurex. I'd be very disappointed in our washer if it couldn't handle stuff like that.

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Date: 12/12/11 3:54 PM

In case anyone is interested in an update:

After scouring FM's site again for lookalikes and washing the fabric, I feel a little silly. I'm almost positive it's their stretch cotton sateen. That's what it feels like, and it wasn't all wrinkled coming out of the dryer. Also, I think that conclusion jibes with the burn test I did.

Thanks again for your advice!

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Date: 12/12/11 4:30 PM

Thank you for the update.

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Date: 12/12/11 11:53 PM

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While we're on the subject, there's this sparkly=looking brown fabric, too (which I"m about to try to id on FM's site.... lurex and something, no doubt).


I'm wondering if this is the silk/lurex chiffon that was in a recent Julie's picks. The lurex was stripes.
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Date: 12/13/11 8:15 AM

A heads up on washing acetate: colors often run like mad so use a color catcher or similar. The color can also deposit on the drum of the washing machine and it's hell to get it off although it will happily redeposit on (preferably) white clothes, even with chlorine bleach in the washer. Wet strength is low and it ravels like mad so be sure to keep seam allowances on the wide side, especially when trimming seams at necklines etc.

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Date: 12/15/11 12:35 PM

Oops, forgot to add that I also found a cache of the listing for the brown sparkly stuff, which was listed as "acrylic, nylon and lycra." Don't know if that covers the "sparkle threads," but at any rate, the care instructions were there (machine cold hang). It's a little cutesy for me, but should serve nicely as a practice piece for working with sweater knits :)

Yes, Color Catchers are pretty awesome, scent notwithstanding :)

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