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Date: 8/16/13 1:06 PM

Has anyone prewashed their hand washable knits in the machine on the delicate setting with good results? I just purchased some gorgeous ivory with gold lurex sweater knit called diamond sun from gorgeous fabrics. Before I sew it up I should hand wash it in cold water and roll it in bath towels to get out the excess water, and lay flat to dry. But if I could would prefer to just machine wash and then lay it out to dry Or, what do you think of omitting the prewashing, just sew it up and then hand wash in cold water when it needs to be cleaned?
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Date: 8/16/13 2:43 PM

Each knit is different so it's best to cut a couple of sample pieces, 4x5" is a good size since you can see how which direction it shrinks easily. Hand wash one piece and let it air dry and machine wash the other piece and let it air dry as well. When it's dry you can check which piece looks the best.

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Date: 8/16/13 6:18 PM

I use lingerie bags and cool water/gentle on all kinds of knits in my washing machine. Have done it for years and never had a problem.

However, I once washed a piece of woven fabric with what I thought was lurex threads shot through it and the lurex or whatever it was sort of "Kinked" up or shrank or something and caused the woven fabric to pucker and feel rough.

I've since washed lurex blend sweaters in the machine without problems, although every now and then a sweater comes out feeling "crunchier" than when it went in.

If you have scrap yardage, I'd test it first.

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Date: 8/16/13 7:26 PM

I wash mine on gentle, lowest agitation and cold water then hang dry if it's wool. If it's cotton or poly, I will wash with warm water then dry on extra low heat. I recently washed a silk sweater knit in the manner I wash wool with success (though the silk still has that funny smell that started with.)

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Date: 8/16/13 7:27 PM

I should add that when I prewash the fabric, I serge the ends of the fabric to keep them from unraveling.

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Date: 8/16/13 10:42 PM

thanks everyone for your suggestions. i'll give it a whirl!
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In reply to sunnycat

Date: 8/16/13 11:38 PM

Is it wool?

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Date: 8/18/13 11:25 PM

not wool rayon/lurex knit. It is so pretty and soft.
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