SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Forum > Fabrics and more... > Do you need to pre-wash fleece? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Do you need to pre-wash fleece?
not sure-to wash or not to before cutting...
Jeannie W.
Jeannie W.
Advanced Beginner
New Jersey USA
Member since 1/27/05
Posts: 290
Send Message

      



Date: 11/24/07 1:14 PM

I just picked up some pretty penguin fleece and will be making some hoodies for 3 DDs. Do I need to pre-wash fleece? It doesn't shrink or does it? Thanks all you fabric experts!

RMJ
star
RMJ  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 12/14/06
Posts: 564
Send Message

      



Date: 11/24/07 1:22 PM

I'm not an expert, but I have Sandra Betzina's book, More Fabric Savvy. She says preshrinking is not necessary.
Ruth

Stitchology

Stitchology
Intermediate
Maryland USA
Member since 1/26/03
Posts: 3678
Send Message

      



Date: 11/24/07 1:23 PM

I prewash to see how it might change with washing. Sometimes one or both sides get clumpy and that influences how, or even whether, I want to cut it.

------
Buy the best and you only cry once.

frame
star
frame
USA
Member since 2/19/04
Posts: 3421
Send Message

      
thumbsup 3 members like this.



Date: 11/24/07 1:46 PM

Pre-washing isn't just about pre-shrinking. It's about sewing with clean fabric, it's about removing any chemicals that may have been added to the fabric (especially synthetics) during creation. That fabric has been sitting in back rooms, sitting on tables getting dusty, being handled by numerous people.

You're going to wash the hoodies before your daughters wear them right? If you wash the fabric and zippers and notions before you sew, you're ahead of the game.

------
"framed" was taken
"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant." - Horton(Dr. Seuss)

greco
greco
Expert/Couture
Alabama USA
Member since 8/7/07
Posts: 371
Send Message

      



In reply to frame


Date: 11/24/07 1:53 PM

Quote: Linscee
Pre-washing isn't just about pre-shrinking. It's about sewing with clean fabric, it's about removing any chemicals that may have been added to the fabric (especially synthetics) during creation. That fabric has been sitting in back rooms, sitting on tables getting dusty, being handled by numerous people.



You're going to wash the hoodies before your daughters wear them right? If you wash the fabric and zippers and notions before you sew, you're ahead of the game.

absolutely correct in all aspects.
Nothings worse than investing time and money and finding out it was a waste.
And now a days there is a common concern of parasites and other nasties coming in on imported EVERYTHING and pretty much everything is imported now. But I have worked in factories here that challenge common sense in the hygiene sector as well. SO, my rule of thumb is, if you wash your fruit and veggies before you eat them not knowing where they came from or who touched them, I wash my textiles for the same reasons with the added thought that if they don't wash up well enough to sew I've not wasted valuable time. JF
Jeannie W.
Jeannie W.
Advanced Beginner
New Jersey USA
Member since 1/27/05
Posts: 290
Send Message

      



Date: 11/24/07 2:15 PM

Good advice! I'm pre-washing, it just makes sense now that you've explained. I was just thinking about the shrinking not about the dust and dirt, etc...

Thanks for the good advice
Jeannie

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7380
Send Message

      



In reply to Jeannie W.


Date: 11/24/07 3:57 PM

Quote: Jeannie W.
I just picked up some pretty penguin fleece and will be making some hoodies for 3 DDs. Do I need to pre-wash fleece? It doesn't shrink or does it? Thanks all you fabric experts!

Pre wash & machine dry for all of the above reasons and to remove the some of the excess lint.

You will need to clean the bobbin case and under the throat plate of the machine (sewing, embroidery &/or serger) after completing each garment.

------
I dont give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think its Hell. Harry Truman

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

ccris
ccris
Intermediate
Member since 10/27/05
Posts: 5002
Send Message

      



In reply to Jeannie W.


Date: 11/24/07 5:00 PM

It's not supposed to shrink, but someone here at PR a while back said she washed fleece and it shrunk. I'd wash it before sewing, just to be on the safe side, and to remove any chemical residue.

Here's a thread that talks about fleece, but it's not the one I had in mind originally. This is a better one anyway. Good luck.

carolhope

carolhope
Advanced
Massachusetts USA
Member since 3/7/06
Posts: 152
Send Message

      



In reply to Jeannie W.
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 11/24/07 7:18 PM

Always use powder detergent and never liquid.

Elona
star
Elona  Friend of PR
Advanced
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 8416
online now
Send Message

      



In reply to Jeannie W.


Date: 11/24/07 7:29 PM

I've made a lot of things of various weights of fleece--but always with Malden Mills' high quality stuff--and never washed it first. Their fabric never shrinks, stinks, or behaves badly for me.

However, if I were buying fleece at the local Joann's or making garments for sweet little kids, I'd wash it first.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> Do you need to pre-wash fleece?

Merchants on PR

Budo Bear Designs


Asian Designs
Web site

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Gwyn Hug


Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Restyling with Exposed Zippers
Restyling with Exposed Zippers

Register

Bust Adjustments
Bust Adjustments

Register

Vogue Patterns 1164 OOP

photo
by: FreyaStark

Review
Colette Patterns Truffle

photo
by: Cynbular

Review
You Sew Girl Day Bag Pattern

You Sew Girl Day Bag Pattern

Buy Now
Victoria Jones Collection Misses' Pareau Style Wrap Dress

Victoria Jones Collection Misses' Pareau Style Wrap Dress

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.