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Washing poly poplin and polyester
Cold water in the washer with cool dry?
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Date: 3/2/12 11:23 PM

For my next project, my friend (for whom this coat will be), has picked poly poplin for the fashion fabric and polyester for the lining.

I want to pre-wash. Is cold water with air dry alright? This is also important because the coat needs to be easy to care and wash. (It's for cos play, so it's not like it's fancy fabric. My friend did choose on price.)

Thanks!
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Date: 3/3/12 0:11 AM

Twice now, during the extreme heat of summer, I've had an unpleasant surprise when washing with what should have been cold water. The machine was set for cold water. The water pipes run along and then under our driveway before entering the house and traveling through the attic. The water that should have been cold was warmer than warm and really close to what you might think of as hot.

The reasonable thing is to prewash in cold. If we have another Texas summer like last year, the forward thinking thing would be to test a small piece of the fabric in a warm water wash. If the small piece tolerates it well, I would prewash in warm water.

I'm going to have to put a note in the laundry room this coming summer to remind myself that the cold water is not really cold and to wash the laundry that will be damaged by warmer water very early in the morning.

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Date: 3/3/12 0:18 AM

OMG! I SO TOTALLY remember that! Same issue here. UGHS!

I just put it in the washer under cold. I'm going to work with that for now.

................. Well, no. I'm going over and putting it to warm. I have time. If I screw up, well, the fabric is cheap enough I'll go out and buy him more fabric (he paid for it and is on a tight budget, but I can manage my own screw ups.) And then I'll know not to do warm water.

Thank you for the suggestion, 7yr.
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Date: 3/19/12 11:11 AM

Speaking of laundering fabric, although the instructions say line dry, I've been putting rayon challis in the dryer on low prior to cutting/sewing. It doesn't seem to affect it much. As for linen/cotton blends, a beautiful piece of khaki colored is in my dryer on Air Dry for the 3rd day in a row! I SO want to add a little heat. Instructions say to line dry, but I have nowhere to hang 3 yards of fabric. Any suggestions?

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