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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > To hand wash by hand or to "hand" wash by machine... ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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To hand wash by hand or to "hand" wash by machine...
instructions say to hand wash or dry clean
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Date: 1/24/14 4:52 AM

So I picked up this knit suiting for about 7 dollars a yard, it says to dry clean or hand wash because it has a small amount of rayon blended in with the polyester.

I decided "forget this" and tested machine wash a 5 by 5 square of the fabric on the delicate setting with woolite and let it air dry. I compared it to the 5 by 5 square of unwashed fabric and noticed maybe 1/16 shrinkage nothing warped and was still able to have the same stretch.

Is it safe to wash the fabric in delicate on cold and air dry instead of hand awsh or dry clean?

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Date: 1/24/14 8:02 AM

I think you just answered your own question. I machine or hand wash nearly everything.

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Date: 1/24/14 8:58 AM

A also pretty much machine wash everything, often on delicate cycle. However I hang to dry most everything of my better clothing. I use my shower rod in spare bathroom and sometimes place a drying rack in spare bathtub. I even wash cloth winter coats with good results. If I get a coat on clearance it really isn't worth taking to cleaners unless it is my favorite and I don't want tot ake chances with it. My hubby's suits are the only item that go to the cleaners.

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Date: 1/24/14 11:02 AM

Thanks,
Did you mean machine wash on delicate your winter coats? I think the companies just try to scare us with the dry cleaning stuff . To many chemicals and too expensive.

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Subject: To hand wash by hand or to hand wash by machine... Date: 1/24/14 1:42 PM

If the other componets of the garment will also be hand washable, they should go through the prewash as well.

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Date: 1/24/14 2:15 PM

When my 5" squares pass the test wash in the machine, it is safe to wash the yardage.

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Subject: To hand wash by hand or to hand wash by machine... Date: 1/25/14 0:18 AM

I agree with Doris W. If the test piece works, go for it at home. Like Julkane, my DH's suits are all that go to the dry cleaners. I read years ago that dry cleaners put everyone's stuff together in the same batch, and re-use the cleaning solution to boot. If that's true, it's gross! And dry cleaned clothes don't even smell good. I'll try almost anything to avoid them.

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Subject: To hand wash by hand or to hand wash by machine... Date: 1/25/14 3:39 AM

I wash rayon all the time. I feel as long as any fabric can conplete the cycle before construction, it will be fine afterwards on the same settings and temps.

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Subject: To hand wash by hand or to hand wash by machine... Date: 1/25/14 7:14 AM

I wash and dry almost everything before I sew it, then if it's something like rayon or wool, I wash and hang dry as a garment. But that's mostly because it takes less time to iron rayon if it hasn't gone through the dryer and no shrinkage from wool.

My nearest dry cleaners is about an hour away. Nothing is going to go there, sad to say.

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Subject: To hand wash by hand or to hand wash by machine... Date: 1/25/14 7:46 AM

I mostly machine wash on delicate rather than hand wash. But if you have a front-load WM, beware. My machine, even on cold wash, adds a little hot water. Just a small amount, to clear out the soap dispense I believe. But if you have a very small load (the water levels adjust automatically) of something like a silk, that small shot of hot water might do damage.. Had I known this (or read the manual more carefully in the store) I'd have sprung for the more expensive model that had a 'silk cycle.' I'm thinking that this did NOT use any hot water.

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