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Date: 6/13/12 1:58 PM

help, I have a lot of quilting fabric and it has folded creases in it. What is the proper way to remove these creases so I can make them into clothing?

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Date: 6/13/12 2:07 PM

You can always iron them, but I find it much easier to wash them first...that should take them out. Try a little starch while ironing if you don't want to wash first.

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Date: 6/13/12 2:50 PM

Rub a bar of non-deodorant soap, like Ivory, along the creaseline and use steam.

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Date: 6/13/12 2:59 PM

Try spraying the crease line with plain water. Then let the fabric sit for about 30 minutes. (When I spray large pieces of quilting cotton like this, I fold it up into a smaller package, but you can probably skip this.)

The secret here is to let the water "settle" into the fabric and make the fibers just slightly damp and relaxed. Over 30 minutes or so, as the fibers become damp, they will relax. Then iron with a hot dry iron. The goal is damp, relaxed fibers, not wetness. Just water and time.

Spraying with water and ironing right away does not work nearly as well as letting the fabric sit and rest first. When you spray and iron right away, the water is sitting on top of the fabric, and it does create steam, but you'll get better results if the cotton fibers are relaxed and damp first.

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Date: 6/13/12 3:00 PM

If you plan to use it for clothing, you DEFINITELY will want to wash it first. 100% cotton will shrink (and possibly bleed), and you want to get that out of the way before you cut and sew it into anything. Make sure you get the fabric from the washer to the dryer as quickly as possible, and out of the dryer before it's quite dry. You never want to give the fabric a chance to sit in a crumpled heap--that's when the wrinkles sneak in. :)

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Date: 6/13/12 3:29 PM

This reminds me of "sprinkling" clothes way back when and why we did it. Thank you for such a great explanation!

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Date: 6/13/12 7:59 PM

thank you all for your wonderful advice the spraying with water worked out then iron after awhile.

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Date: 6/13/12 8:11 PM

This is a great tip!! I am going to try it on my sheets when I iron the top band in particular. (For some reason, that top band on my sheets always creases. It drives me crazy.)

I guess I am just way to impatient and just want to get 'er done.

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Date: 6/13/12 8:38 PM

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This reminds me of "sprinkling" clothes way back when and why we did it. Thank you for such a great explanation!

I remember my mother sprinkling clothes, then putting them in a zippered plastic bag overnight before ironing them the next day. They would come out the bag perfectly damp, but not wet. She also would dip starch the pillowcases, sprinkle, bag, then iron. Starch came in bars. You made up a starch solution on the stove, I think. Anyone else remember? Now I feel as old as a dinosaur!

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Date: 6/13/12 8:45 PM

People iron sheets? At my house , if it gets too wrinkled to wear or use, it gets donated. Now, pressing is another matter all together. Pressing = necessary, ironing = not for me.

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