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Posted on: 1/4/04 5:55 PM
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Just thought of this one- after preshrinking two pieces of fabric today. I decided to put one tiny safety pin on one part of the selvedge,after the fabric piece is dry. Voila - the fabric is discreetly labeled and can be put away into storage.

I usually forget if something is preshrunk and end up washing it or taking it to the dry cleaner again!
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sewserious1 said...
I finish the cut edges on my fabric right before it gets prewashed. That way, I know what is prewashed or not. I also try to prewash it as soon as I get it home so it is ready to go.
1/6/04 6:24 AM
Irene said...
Hey, Jennifer, I do this, too! It works great for fabrics that only need to be washed once before cutting. I learned the hard way that some fabrics (like interlocks and denim) have progressive shrinkage. Gigi has mentioned that she washes and dries these types of fabrics 3 times before using. To keep track of how many times I've washed a fabric, I pin a scrap of non-woven fabric (interfacing or pattern tracing fabric) to the yardage. With a permanent marker (an extra- or ultra-fine Sharpie), I note how many times the fabric has been washed. Sometimes I also include fiber content, washing instructions, source, etc. The first time, I used a piece of scrap fabric as the label, and the light colored lint was not fun to remove from black knit.
1/6/04 11:08 PM

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