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Date: 8/27/13 1:58 PM

If you choose to wash your silk charmeuse yardage, how do you do it......hand wash or machine wash on gentle? How do you dry it......machine dry or line dry? Anything in particular that I should be aware of?

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Date: 8/27/13 2:05 PM

I wash mine in warm water and throw it into the dryer. I made pillow cases out of it in an ivory so I wash and dry with the sheets.

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Date: 8/27/13 3:01 PM

I'd turn in inside out and hand wash it or put it in a mesh bag for machine washing with other stuff of like color on the gentle cycle. You could probably place it in the dryer for a few minutes just to start the drying process, but then hang it up to dry and if you catch it while it's damp it will be easy to iron. To preserve bright or dark colors I'd recommend "Woolite for Darks." It works GREAT, have been using it for years and my blacks/navys stay dark and my brights stay bright. (Don't soak bright colors--not all those gorgeous colors are meant to be washed, but I do anyway, just gently swish them and rinse. On a high-contrast print like white background with navy flowers, watch out for bleeding. Try a sample first. French silks are notorious for not being color fast to nasty city water.)

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Date: 8/27/13 3:29 PM

Hand wash using Eucalan in cool water, line dry. Baby shampoo will work too but I like the conditioning properties of Eucalan. Some people will say to press with a dry iron but I never had much luck with that. I press using a medium heat setting and lots of steam.

I never machine wash anything other than white or ivory silk because of potential color bleed.

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Date: 8/27/13 4:51 PM

I generally like to pre-wash my fabric slightly harsher than I will treat the finished garment (just in case I mess up). So I always machine wash (on gentle & use the color catcher in the wash) and dry (very low temperature).

Actually, I usually do that to my finished garments as well. :o

Exceptions would be if I was making a formal-wear garment, or a dry-clean only garment. Then I would either hand-wash or dry-clean the fabric for the pre-treatment.

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Date: 8/31/13 10:42 AM

Thanks everyone. I have some liquid Charlie's Soap and it's supposed to be okay to use on silk....don't have either of the others mentioned. It's good to know it isn't as delicate as I thought it was. Right now, I'm not sure what I'll make from it. Do you use silk thread or is an all-purpose okay?

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Date: 8/31/13 4:37 PM

If you can find silk thread, that's best but I almost always use Mettler "silk finish" cotton thread. It's 100% cotton, long fiber thread.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:01 PM

I machine wash and dry on gentle with Dharma Trading's Synthrapol for pretreatment.

I've used both silk thread and all-purpose with success.

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Date: 9/1/13 3:08 PM

I would test my fabric before washing. While silk charmeuse is washable, dark colors bleed.

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Date: 9/1/13 5:52 PM

I have a lot of silk charmeuse and I notice that it changes texture if washed. It becomes "washed silk". This is sometimes what I want, and sometimes not. Try a square of the fabric for texture, not just color as stated above.

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