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LoriMinnesota
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Date: 6/24/14 0:09 AM

I am a newbie sewer. I bought some twill fabric tonight for a dress I want to make. I am normally not a twill fan because I always have found it to be scratchy, but this twill was really soft and smooth and just the right color so I bought it! My question is...the label on the bolt said not to use fabric softener on this fabric. The fabric was labeled 'cotton blend' so no idea what the 'blend' is. So I am wondering two things. First of all, why not? Is that for twill in general or do you think there is something about this twill specifically? My guess is it might leave an oil-looking spot or something, but not sure. My second question is, what about dryer sheets? Do you think it would have the same effect? I looked this up on-line but couldn't really find a solid answer. If any of you experienced sewers could give me some insight, it would be much appreciated.

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Date: 6/24/14 6:49 AM

Is it stretch twill?--that's nice for pants/skirts/jackets.
Would advise giving up your dryer sheets for everything. They make towels less absorbent and add chemicals--don't know if there are any "natural" ones or liquid softener that's OK.
I hang most my clothes--wish I still had old clothesline where garments would smell like fresh air and piney woods. Heavy things like jeans I dry a little, then shake out to get those extra inches in length.

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Date: 6/24/14 10:32 AM

Thanks for the note. Not stretch twill. Just plain twill, but very soft. And yes, I have heard all the negative impacts of dryer sheets, but no way am I giving them up. I think the pro's far outweigh the con's, but I certainly appreciate both sides of the argument. Thanks for the feedback.

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Date: 6/24/14 10:37 AM

I hate the dryer sheets that have a fragrance.
I used to buy the fragrance free type but then I switched to the block that attaches to the drum of the dryer. I've found that this leaves no fragrance nor does it seem to leave a residue on the fabrics. Mine has lasted for a very long time; at least a year for me but then I don't do a lot of washing since I'm a widow who lives by herself.

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Date: 6/24/14 11:09 AM

My mom used those before, too. She had a mishap, however, and one of them came unattached and fell on top of the clothes when it was done...left a huge stain! ARGH!! I personally like the fragrance, so that doesn't bother me at all. I actually love that my laundry smells so good even if it's been hanging in my closet an entire season! HA!! So yeah, I guess to each her own, but do be careful of those things. Just in case. I personally haven't had any dryer sheet mishaps, but I do know of other people who are also not keen on the smell of them. I don't wear perfume, however, so that might be it. I have actually gotten compliments that I smell so good from people...and I know it's not me but my clothes!!

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Date: 6/24/14 11:44 AM

I found this Good housekeeping article that talks about certain fabrics harmed by fabric softeners.

My husband loves dryer sheets and scented detergent and I get skin irritations from them so we do separate laundry. He sometimes has his shirts laundered and there are some types of shirts that are damaged by whatever they use where he goes.
Recently we have discovered that no detergent and white vinegar is great to wash towels with. I do sometimes use the little spikey hedgehog balls in the dryer.

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Date: 6/24/14 12:26 PM

I find the best thing to do with dryer sheets is clean my iron. I read this in some sewing book somewhere and it really works! Just iron the dryer sheet--it cleans the bottom of the iron!!! It works too and also leave a strong scent on the ironing board.

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Date: 6/24/14 1:26 PM

grammab,

There are a few natural brands of fabric softeners. Seventh Generation makes a decent one in my opinion, although the scented one has lavender which doesn't always smell so hot to me right out of the bottle. I actually think they work better than the standard, but the effect is more subtle.
I switched after reading that the standard ones make clothing more flammable. But most of the time I add a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of my washing machine. It sounds like hippie madness, but it does help with softening and the clothes don't smell like salad dressing once dry.
I wonder if vinegar could damage her fabric?

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Date: 6/24/14 1:47 PM

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My question is...the label on the bolt said not to use fabric softener on this fabric. The fabric was labeled 'cotton blend' so no idea what the 'blend' is. So I am wondering two things. First of all, why not? Is that for twill in general or do you think there is something about this twill specifically? My guess is it might leave an oil-looking spot or something, but not sure. My second question is, what about dryer sheets? Do you think it would have the same effect?


Since the conversation has wandered rather far afield of your question... I'm another die-hard dryer sheet user. I haven't sewn with a ton of twill, but DH wears Dockers to work every day, and I have never had an issue with the dryer sheets (well, frankly, I've never had any kind of issue with them!). However, if there were any doubt about what will happen with the fabric, I'd throw a sample in with your regular wash. Cut a six-by-six (measured) square, wash and dry with a normal load of clothes, and see how it handles the experience.

Since you want your dress to stand up to your normal routine, this is definitely something you'll want to find out! After the test swatch, if all looks well, go ahead and wash the rest of the bolt as you would normally do. I'll admit that I often don't use dryer sheets (or detergent) when pre-treating fabric, but in this case you might consider it.

Good luck!

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Date: 6/24/14 2:00 PM

I usually use vinegar as a fabric softener in the final rinse cycle. Do you think this could damage her fabric? It is a fabric softener after all, just not one of the corporate ones.

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