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Date: 11/10/13 4:42 AM

I washed and tumbled dry several yards of cotton jersey long ago, and folded it to put away. Now I have taken this fabric out again much much later, and it is as if the ghostly image of wrinkles are all over the fabric! The fabric is smooth, not wrinkled, but there are ghostly lines of wrinkles all over it.

I have been buying fabric for over a decade and have never seen anything like it! Does anyone know whether this is permanent, or will these ghost wrinkles go away if I rewash it? If I dye it, will the ghost wrinkles get dyed over, or will they continue to haunt this accursed yardage?

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Subject: wrinkle ghosts on washed jersey Date: 11/10/13 7:01 AM

I'd rewash it to see what happened...but I'd be a little afraid of how the fabric would behave when it's worn. How do you feel about tie-dye?

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Date: 11/10/13 9:09 AM

I'd rewash it. It may be nothing more than some residue from detergent or softener, or it may be where the dye got rubbed off. If the latter, I'd rather know before making it up, than after and have the dye rub off on something else.

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Date: 11/10/13 10:07 AM

I've had that happen on other fabrics--mostly silk/rayon knit blends or certain taffetas but not on a cotton knit that I can recall. When it happens on those fabrics I have found no way to exorcise those ghosts.

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Subject: wrinkle ghosts on washed jersey Date: 11/10/13 3:10 PM

This is one of the many reasons I no longer buy rayon jersey. The face of it crackles after washing and it never looks good again.

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Date: 11/10/13 3:56 PM

If it's unusable now, it can't hurt to wash it and see what happens. If the wrinkle-ghosts remain after that, the question would be, is the fabric truly ugly as is, or could it be used as fabric that happens to have a kind of wrinkle print?

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Date: 11/11/13 9:23 AM

It will still work to do samples though.

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Subject: wrinkle ghosts on washed jersey Date: 11/11/13 1:47 PM

Thanks everybody. My dryer is on the fritz, which makes me less enthused about re-washing for now. I think I will just let it age a bit longer :)

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Date: 11/17/13 4:08 PM

I've never had this happen to fabric but it did happen to a pair of leggings I bought recently. For me it was the die coming out and there was nothing to be done about it, which is really annoying because my allergies meant I had to wash them before the first wear.

I think the only answer is to do what's already been suggested and buy some die, either the same colour or a complimentary one. Hope it turns out good, whatever you do.

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Date: 11/17/13 7:19 PM

Now you've got me worried. I haven't had that happen - and I don't want to.

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