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Carol Wisman
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Date: 2/2/13 9:19 PM

I have a length off 100% wool gab. for a fitted, tailored jacket. I know your supposed to pre treat the same way you would be cleaning it. The thing is, dry cleaning residues make me itch like a mad woman. I will probably just spot clean or home steam the finished garment. I was thinking of just putting it in the bath tub in cool H20, to release any extra dye and sizing. then rolling in a towel and hanging it to dry over the shower curtain rod. Any input would be apprecieated.
Also, are you supposed to pre treat horse hair canvas?

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Date: 2/3/13 4:41 AM

My dad was a drycleaner. I would take my wool fabric and have him pretreat it by placing it on the steamtable. He would put 80# of steam to the fabric and then press it. It did the trick. Now, I take the material and have the drycleaner just steam it. To me it is worth the cost.

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Date: 2/3/13 10:31 AM

My fabric gets rolled in wet towels and then I let it dry and press it.

We have drycleaning here that uses water only. I have not used it myself, but I know it is an up and comming industry now that chemicals have so many controls on them.
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Date: 2/3/13 12:05 PM

I've washed my 100% wool gaberdine on the wool setting in my front loader using Woolite and cold water. Then I blotted it with towels to get the excess moisture out before hanging to air dry. Had super results but if you really LOVE your fabric try it with a scrap patch first before committing yourself. I was making pants that were going to be washed so my fabric NEEDED to pass the test.

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Date: 2/3/13 4:35 PM

I prewash my all my wools in eucalan wool wash and cool to very slightly warm water in a 5 gallon bucket and air dry. I then iron using a light touch and full steam. Gabardine is a pretty tightly woven and has a hard finish that is more resistant to fulling than other weaves. My biggest concern would be having the dye streak after being exposed to water, but I have only had this happen once.

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Date: 2/3/13 4:56 PM

I prewash my wool in cold water and line dry or air dry in the dryer.
I just add a little fabric softner to keep the static away.

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Date: 2/3/13 8:20 PM

I'm for just a heavy iron steam press. I've said this before but while working for Burlington Industries - the mfg. of lovely men's wear wools - I was told to brush good wools , the dry clean process is harsh on the fabric. You!ve not wearing the jacket in a dirty environment to begin with,& wool naturally repels soiling so take it easy on the fabric.

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Date: 2/5/13 2:39 AM

Back in the dark ages when I took home economics we preshrunk our wool fabric with a frequently wetted press cloth and/ or holding a steam iron over the fabric on the ironing board, then PRESSING until dry. Takes awhile, depending on how much fabric one has. Once the garment is finished and wanting to clean it I do as mentioned here in cold wash on delicate and hang to dry. Best not to let garment agitate very much.

If you are making a tailored jacket you need to think about preshrinking the 'innards' as well.

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Date: 2/23/13 4:19 AM

Whenever I use to wash my wool jacket, I use to give it to the Drycleaner, I never use to wash it on my own.
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Date: 2/27/13 12:36 PM

If you do wash, whether by hand or by machine, let the fabric come to the water, not the other way around. In other words, don't let the water hit the fibers in full stream, it could break them. Guess how I know this?

Instead, immerse the fabric in a bucket or tub that's already filled with water. You could then put the wet fabric in your washer.

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