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AllegraVintage
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Date: 1/21/12 3:49 AM

Hello Ladies,
Just wondering if you have to wash swimwear fabric before you cut it? I have 2 swim wear peices one with hardly any stretch and the other with lots & lots. I bought some tricot too. Any advice would be lovely thanks!

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Date: 1/21/12 11:09 AM

I wash it in the machine and hang to dry. A couple reasons, it will remove any residual dirt or chemicals on the surface of the fabric. The fabric will have a change to stretch and recover. Often knits are so tightly wound on the bolt that they are longer and skinnier than after the fabric has had a chance to fully relax.

It also removed any sizing that maybe changing the hand of the fabric. I want to have that gone before I start to cut and sew.

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Date: 1/21/12 1:41 PM

I like having the sizing in it, it rolls up less- but spray starch will work just as well.

But, the more important part for me- nylon does bleed, and better to get that out on itself than have a lovely puddle of dye around you when you get into a hot tub!

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Date: 3/17/12 1:28 AM

That was good information, thanks,I agree with both camps, but I do HATE edges that roll, and having to fiddle around with sprays and things, so I make it up ...then wash it seperately.

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