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how to prewash the precut charm packs and jelly rolls
Sharon Rose
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Date: 6/1/13 10:00 PM

I am new to quilting and up to this point have purchased my fabric by the yardage, prewashed it and then cut the pieces I need. But lately I have been interested in the charm packs and jelly rolls because in the long run I can get a larger variety of colors a lot cheaper since I am not buying yardage not needed.
Here is my question. Do most people prewash to set colors and shrink the fabric before sewing when they buy these precuts? Seems like you could end up with problems of fraying edges and shrinkage resulting with smaller than the size needed.

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Date: 6/1/13 10:04 PM

I noticed this question is under the topic of Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers . How should I have done this to get it in the appropriate topic heading?

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Date: 6/1/13 10:10 PM

No dont wash them - ask how I know this ! A mess.

I now sew them and wash the whole top prior to sandwiching and quilting

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Date: 6/1/13 10:19 PM

I never wash precuts. Its not worth the hassle.

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Date: 6/1/13 10:55 PM

Unless you like wasting money, crying, and picking apart hopelessly tangled thread balls, just DON'T.

Throw some some color catchers in with the finished item, as insurance.

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Date: 6/1/13 11:19 PM

I have terrible allergies, so I pre-wash everything EXCEPT pre-cuts. I did wash the first charm pack I bought, and it came apart down to ~4" squares because of how much it fell apart into a hot mess of thread.

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Date: 6/2/13 8:55 AM

I kinda guessed it would be a mess if prewashed, but wanted to see what others did. I have allergies, too, and need to get the chemicals out of the fabric before sitting down to the machine.

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Date: 6/2/13 10:56 AM

any pre-cuts you "could" in theory run a serger around and wash, but I don't wash any of the quilting fabrics until I'm done with the quilt. Carbona makes a color catcher that's good for 30 quilts worth of washing to catch colors.

Not sure if your allergies are that bad, if you might want to get some good gloves to wear? Some quilting fabrics I can smell and feel they are processed with alot, others are so bad. I don't think the pre-cuts are too awful depending on how awful your allergies are.

Good luck Sharon!

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Date: 6/2/13 10:57 AM

I also have allergies, so I washed mine. I put them in a lingerie bag and machine washed on gentle. I also put the lingerie bag in the dryer, but they didn't get totally dry. They came out just fine. You could also hand wash them and lay them flat to dry.

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Date: 6/2/13 11:50 AM

For small pieces, just place in a small utility/dish tub with cool water and a bit of quilt wash and press up and down by hand.

Empty the tub and then press out the excess water.

Rinse, using the same as for the wash method.

Air dry, or place inside a pillowcase and place in the clothes dryer.

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