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Melissa S.
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Date: 2/1/11 1:11 PM

I have a lovely piece of wool jersey and I have a pattern in mind for it. I am uncertain how to care for the fabric, though. I've had the fabric for a while, so I don't remember what the care instructions were. Can it be machine-laundered at all? If not, I assume I will need to preshrink it at the dry cleaners. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Date: 2/1/11 1:38 PM

do you have enough that you can cut a square and test it?

I normally dry clean wool jersey, but some folks have had good results handwashing, or machine washing on a delicate setting.

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Date: 2/1/11 4:30 PM

I personally would hand wash or wash in cold on gentle in your washing machine and then lie flat to dry. I've had great success taking care of wool at home. Granted I only have a few wool sweaters and a cardi I recently made from wool jersey from Fabric.com, however everything has been easy peasy to care from. I also used to cloth diaper my babies and made them felted wool jersey covers and just washed them in the sink and rolled them in a towel before laying flat to dry.

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Date: 2/1/11 4:45 PM

I made a top out of lightweight wool jersey last year, machine-washed on gentle, cold water, using eucalan. Lay flat to dry. Works great. If you don't have eucalan, consider washing it with shampoo, but then you'll have to rinse it out well (eucalan doesn't have to be rinsed, when I handwash wool items I soak in eucalan then spin the moisture out in the washing machine or with an old lettuce spinner, and lay flat to dry).

What are you planning to make? I've got a piece of burgundy wool jersey that is quite heavy and am a little stumped about what to do with it.

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2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds -3 yd = -2 1/2 yd
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Date: 2/1/11 8:55 PM

Like Melissa and margasweet, I'd treat it like a nice sweater: Hand or very gently machine wash it and then dry it flat. If machine washed in the regular way, there's a good possibility that it would felt. This would give you a fine 'boiled wool' effect, but you'd lose a lot of yardage! If you have that much fabric to play with, felting is an attractive option, because you can then go into Schnittquelle patterns, a pattern line specializing in lovely and unusua patterns forl boiled wools of various weights.
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Date: 2/2/11 4:56 AM

I always machine wash my wool jersey (before and after sewing with it!). I always dry on a well-padded hanger in our laundry room (in winter, with a dehumidifier going). I've never had any additional shrinkage, bobbling, felting, or anything bad happen to them!

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Date: 2/2/11 8:33 AM

I had a wool jersey felt after being machine washed (delicate) once.
It may be an exception to the general rule, but do yourself a favour and test a square first.

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Date: 2/2/11 3:39 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. I was thinking of making a sweater from KS 3693 View A. I will measure to see if I can cut a square to prewash first. It's such a nice piece of fabric. I would hate to ruin it! Thanks again.

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