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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > How do you keep track? Finished garment fabric care ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/16/13 9:33 PM

I was browsing around Fabric Mart (a dangerous past time) and started looking at all of the fabric care directions. I have a horrible memory, so I'm curious how other people remember which laundry cycle to throw their finished garments into. After the first two washes, I'm sure I would forget. I would have a harder time remembering instructions like "do not use steam with your iron" or "dry flat." Do people add their own labels? Just look at the fabric of the garment and know?

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Date: 8/17/13 0:51 AM

With time you will pretty much know, possibly after many mistakes - lol. What you can do though, is if you order online the washing instructions are there. Print them out. If you shop in the store, take a piece of paper or use your "note pad" in your phone to record the instructions from the end of the bolt. If ever in doubt, you can usually hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. Happy sewing to you!

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Date: 8/17/13 1:11 AM

Because I have the labels on hand from my business sewing, I add a label to the items I sew with the care instructions. DH does the laundry so the tag is essential.

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Date: 8/17/13 2:01 AM

I blog and keep a sewing journal. I may not blog for a while, so the journal is what I base my post on. My journal has the junk no one cares about, and swatches of fabric.

When I buy fabric, I take a screen shot of the order and add their washing instructions to a word file, so I have it even if they sell out. When I get it in, I write it on the sticker (fabric.com, as well) what the instructions were so I have them whenever I use it. Then when the garment is made, I stick that into the notebook.

I can keep up with the specialty fabrics, and if there IS special instructions, I sew the label with a red X on it, so I know to look.

But, yes, experience will give you some help in it.

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Date: 8/17/13 8:01 AM

I wash in cold water and hang to dry beforehand unless it is something like denim. After that I still wash in cold water and hang to dry. I think the dryer wears out clothes quicker so that is my practice. Since I do the same for all but denim, it is easy to remember. For specialty fabrics or extra directions for ironing, I enter it in the computer on the page where I have my patterns, yardages, fabrics and garments made listed.

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Date: 8/17/13 8:03 AM

It depends on how you sew. Like others said, experience will come in time.
I am casual and sew for neices, nephews, grandson and charity. I like natural fibers and I prewash everything on hot- knits and wovens. I don't use wool- just cottons, silks and some rayons.
So I know everything can be washed and dried on any temp setting.
As for ironing- trickier. If I have any doubts I use a medium setting. I still tend to use a wet press cloth so its rare I ruin anything. But if the wrinkle won't budge and I need to go hotter and I am uncertain of the fabric then I test an inside seam. It would be rare to have to ever iron a polyester though since I never buy or wear it.

I use self fabric labels to mark the back of pants and tops for the kids. I stitch their name and age. The labels are soft and non irritating.

For me, no labels. I have sensitive skin. I can even feel the part that remains inside of store bought serged seams after I cut them out. So I have to remove stitches, remove labels and restitch the seam.

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Date: 8/17/13 10:07 AM

I have no good answer.

DH (and he knows better) tends to wait until out of clean underwear and shirts, then do giant loads, in rather warm water, and then dry until 'dead', which takes long because of the size of the load...both sons also tend to the giant load (plus they don't sort even though both were taught how...grey whites, anyone?).

While the chance of 'help' with my laundry is much smaller than it used to be (one of the outcomes of this giant load habit is that each individual is responsible for their own laundry...especially after DH shrank several items of mine, even after being asked to not do my laundry), there is still that possibility, so I just make or buy clothes than can be washed and dried.

It probably helps that I don't really enjoy sewing with difficult fabrics, and that I'm not really into glitz or glam - so I tend to avoid fabrics that require special handling whether in sewing or in care afterwards.

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Date: 8/17/13 5:05 PM

Since almost every piece of clothing I make is designed to be washable, I serge the cut ends of every new piece of fabric I get and then throw it into the washer and dryer as soon as it gets into the house. That way I know that everything in my stash can tolerate an ordinary wash and dry cycle. It cuts way down on the guesswork.

As to ironing, pretty much everything but certain lightweight silks gets a little steam and is ironed on "wool." You can always raise the temp if need be.

With this approach, I really don't have to worry about what care a certain fabric receives, because they all get the same thing.

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Date: 8/18/13 12:05 PM

Great ideas! Thanks everyone! I think you've saved a few garments from destruction!

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Date: 8/19/13 8:52 AM

I use fabric that doesn't need special care. But even then mum usually hand washes all the stuff I make.

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