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Date: 10/2/12 7:45 PM

In my many years of fabric shopping almost exclusively in discount stores, I have had few problems. So I was shocked this afternoon when I opened the door of my washing machine to find my newly washed in cold water black knit had left a residue resembling black soot in the machine.
I placed it in the dryer on a low setting and again the machine had black soot on the inside of the door,
Fabric looked okay so I laid it out for a TNT dress but after cutting it out pieces I discovered slight holes in the fabric.
Since this has never happened I would appreciate any insight. Thanks!

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Date: 10/2/12 10:05 PM

I would probably toss the fabric. It might dissolve all over your other clothing the next time you put it in the wash.

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Date: 10/2/12 10:30 PM

Sounds like the stuff that left a congealed layer of scum around the perimeter of our machines's pump prefilter. I'm sure that it was not totally responsible for the death of the machine but I am sure that it accelerated it. I washed that fabric two to three weeks before the machine kicked the bucket.

From now on all suspect fabrics go in the dryer first with some damp cloths to let the dryer's lint screen catch some of the lint/scum/fuzz first. Problem is, the black fabric didn't really look suspect it was a tiny rib cotton knit in black.

Okay, I can't believe this, having problems recalling a name....
I think it was Stirswaterblue that recommended washing suspect fabrics in a pillowcase.

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Date: 10/2/12 11:22 PM

i would rcommend tossing it. One of the ways you can imitate knits is to bond them (kind of 'paint' the pattern) rather than go through the expense and rigamarole of real knitting. The fibers that should be integral are just lying on the surface. Since it is a total fake, there's no way to save it.
-- Edited on 10/2/12 11:24 PM --

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Date: 10/3/12 8:28 AM

I had a lovely challis, pre-washed, that took time making into an 8-gore skirt with French seams. Next time in gentle wash, no dryer, the seams all shredded-- so mad! Don't remember which site I got it from or I would have sent it to the head Boss. Are they selling us the same fabric as thin RTW sources?

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Date: 10/3/12 8:49 AM

Sounds like fire damaged fabric. Even if there are no signs of burning, I believe all the moisture is robbed from the fabric making it incredibly brittle. I had a similar experience with a waffle knit I bought at a flea market.

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