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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Fabric Warning for Designer MicroTerry Blend ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Fabric Warning for Designer MicroTerry Blend
This fabric makes a mess everywhere
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Date: 3/4/12 5:20 PM

This is meant to be a "heads up" and not a personal rant. I purchased Designer Micro Terry Blend from fabric.com before it went to clearance. (I LIKE fabric.com - this has nothing to do with them) but this particular fabric is horrible to use and I know I would have appreciated it if someone had posted what I'm about to. It made a nubby, linty mess of itself when I washed it, and it kept making a nubby mess after I cut and stitched it. I kept hoping the mess factor would slowly go away with sewing the ends and cleaning it up as I went, but no. I didn't even finish the neckline on my muslin, this stuff was like fabric confetti. For the first time ever, I threw all the fabric out, used and unused - it wouldn't even make a good cleaning cloth.

Here's what the lint brush still looked like from swiping across the front of the muslin, even though I cleaned up the fabric several times during the process of cutting the pieces out and stitching them together.

Previously I MW and Dried it on cold/low twice - should have pitched it right then when I saw all the nubbies, but I'm still new at this, so it was more like an "orange' flag going up instead of a "red". This fabric not only has the unique feature of it's nubbies sticking to itself and other clothing, but also being light and flyaway - it's everywhere. So if anyone else purchased this 80/20 micro terry "Blend" and hasn't yet laundered or done anything else to it, be aware that it will most likely make a tiny, fiber confetti-like mess everywhere even after washed & dried - or maybe it's just me. Other than that, it's nice fabric with awesome recovery. lol I'm off to vacuum... hopefully for the last time

Once again, this post is *only* about this fabric. So "heads up" and consider yourselves forewarned.

***I'm editing out the link to the "Fabric" above, since the "striped" designer microterry *blend* is no longer being shown on the website and it's linking to the designer microterry 100% cotton medallions (which I recently received, and this fabric washed and dried just fine).
-- Edited on 3/5/12 2:48 PM --

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Date: 3/4/12 7:38 PM

OH NO!! I bought 2 colorways of the micro terry blend! Still in the process of figuring out the best pattern to use for them, and now I'm really worried.

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2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 7 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
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2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 3/5/12 12:02 PM

Thanks for the warning!

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Date: 3/5/12 1:56 PM

Oh No, I bought a couple yards myself. Havn't done anything with it yet. Thanks for the warning!

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Date: 3/5/12 3:00 PM

I eliminated the link to the fabric, since I noticed it's linking to a different fabric now - the 100% cotton microterry medallions. I received some of the 100% cotton stuff last week, and it washed and dried 3 times just fine, didn't have all the nubbies right out of the box like the striped 80/20 blend had.

Maybe you all will have better luck than I - but if you have fiber confetti all over right out of the box, it won't change with laundering. I serged the cut ends prior to washing and that didn't solve the problem on the *blend* after W & D twice. I should have stopped right there.

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Date: 3/19/12 5:35 PM

I found this out last winter when I was making dog coats. My serger just sen this stuff flying everywhere. I took me ages to get it all vacumed up.

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Date: 3/19/12 8:32 PM

I just saw some of this that I like. Maybe I can rig up a nubby collector with my mini shop vac like we use on the table saw???

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Date: 3/19/12 10:55 PM

ukdame - There seemed to no end to that stuff! I finally gave up. Did you finish your dog coats? I *could* have finished the muslin, but it was the first beta and I knew I had to make alterations. I attached the front, back and sleeves and couldn't imagine going any further, like trying to attach the neckband for practice or anything. Mine was the pretty pink and moss shades.

7year - sure... you could rig something up if you want to badly enough. At least you know what you're getting into. For me the mess started long before I serged it - right out of the box, then before, during and after the laundering, cutting and sewing. I used the sticky tape roller and by the time I cut out my pieces and starting sewing them it was everywhere - and I was being careful. Stuck to my clothes, my hair, itself - like dandelions that went to seed. Maybe I had a particularly bad batch, who knows? If you're looking for a challenge, go for it! Personally, had I been using a vacuum hose, by that point I would have had a very strong urge to let it go up the tube!

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