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Date: 11/30/10 10:59 AM

I bought some Flannel at Joanns during black friday, Well after prewashing it I noticed alot of fuzziness. the lint trap was full!! I had to prewash and dry it 3X just to get out all the lint.

Is this true for all flannel or just the cheap stuff I bought at Joanns?
They are going to be PJ dresses for my DD, I dont want them to wear out so fast.


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Date: 11/30/10 11:34 AM

I was warned a couple weeks ago (when starting my first flannel project) that the cotton flannel I was preparing to cut is a "progressive shrinker" and should be prewashed at least three times due to that.

I know my linen stuff fuzzes up the lint screen big time on the first two washes ... and it wasn't cheap.

My mom's comment about flannels: "If you think fleece fuzzes up a sewing machine, wait until you clean up after a flannel!"

I had to wait my turn for the washer and dryer for the flannels I bought Friday. Sounds like a good project for today.

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Date: 11/30/10 1:28 PM

I did not make it to Joann's this year during the black friday sale, but I have bought a great deal of their flannel on sale in previous years. I've probably bought 20 to 25 different pieces of their sale flannels over the last 2 or 3 years for pajama pants for my DD, DS and myself. I would have to say that the quality varies quite a bit. I don't remember what the lint trap looked like when I prewashed it, but a fair amount of it held up fairly well with repeated washing. There were a couple of real standout losers in that department. I made my DS a pair of pj pants with different color skateboards on a black background. The black background is now basically white with a knobby texture. I don't think I could walk in the store and predict which would wash poorly though.

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Date: 11/30/10 2:05 PM

i was in hancocks and noticed they sell Miss Liss Flannel, Anyone know if this flannel is any better?

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Date: 11/30/10 2:16 PM

Flannel varies by weight, closeness of weave, & colorfastness.
In general, you'll need to wash it several times. There will be a lot of fuzzy lint the first few washings. Less thereafter, but usually some.
I personally avoid the thinnest, cheapest looking flannel. That said, I've had thicker flannel that didn't wear much better. Short of buying from a store or site who knows their fabric well....it's not always easy to tell which flannel is going to wear best. 36" wide & from China? Probably not great long-term.

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Date: 11/30/10 2:29 PM

I think the general nature of flannel is to shrink and shred like crazy. I always abuse the heck out of my flannel before I cut it, washing and drying it in warm-hot conditions AT LEAST three times. There is always fuzz, and plenty of it!

I do think quality varies greatly, just like with any other fabric. And I always presume Joann's to have bargain-basement quality especially on the "crafter" type fabrics (quilting cotton, fleece, flannel). I don't think their target market is to the serious sewer these days...more of the once-a-year-present/costume-sewing group. Just look at the selection of fleece options vs, say, wool coating and you'll see what I mean. Maybe I should be giving them more of the benefit of the doubt, but experience is experience. I can't speak of Hancock's, as I have bought very little from them in the past several years.

I buy 80% of my juvenile fabrics online, from reputable vendors like Sewzannes, SewBaby, or The Fabric Fairy who specialize in this type of stuff and a little more serious sewing. Of course, there is never a guarantee that they will ONLY have top-quality fabrics...I've had an occasional "bad" batch, but only very rarely and the difference is that they are leaps and bounds better on standing behind the quality of their merchandise. If you washed a piece of fabric and it proved to be inferior quality, I have no doubt that any of these vendors would make good on your disappointment. Can't really say that about Joann's.

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Date: 11/30/10 5:19 PM

well I washed the solid red and I have to say OMG!!!!!!!! The red is almost gone! It has shrunk and looks awful. I LINT trap is full! I need to vacuum out my lint trap. Its red inside the dryer!

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Date: 11/30/10 5:47 PM

If you want to see/feel a better quality flannel (than Joann's) I suggest finding a store that sells Thimbleberries fabrics. Their flannel is thicker and softer. Very warm, nice flannel. Won't be the same price as Joann's...but that's understandable when you see what quality flannel should resemble! Found at some quilt shops.

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Date: 11/30/10 5:48 PM

I'm not that into flannel, so I've purchased very little flannel over the years. However, a few years ago I did use some satin backed flannel from JoAnn's and really liked it. I don't think it got fuzzy or linty. It was soft on one side and silky on the other...very easy to sew. Maybe the silky side on the reverse side helped keep it from fraying? Anyways, I thought I'd mention it in case you want to try some of that. I think a silky satin side would make it necessary to have a tighter weave. I know regular satin can fray like crazy, but this didn't/

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Date: 11/30/10 5:49 PM

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well I washed the solid red and I have to say OMG!!!!!!!! The red is almost gone! It has shrunk and looks awful. I LINT trap is full! I need to vacuum out my lint trap. Its red inside the dryer!

I'm sorry this happened, but it's way better to find out now than after you've turned the flannel into someone's gift or something. Flannels (and dyes!) do definitely vary. Again, sorry this happened.

P.S. Better-quality flannels also shrink a lot and leave lots of fluff in your dryer after preshrinking, but they don't come out looking awful -- they stay nice.

-- Edited on 11/30/10 5:53 PM --

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