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RobA.
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Date: 3/31/13 2:03 AM

I splurged and bought some beautiful tencel twill from Harts Fabric. I was just looking at it and realized I didn't know how to care for it. I would like to start working with it and of course washing it first, if I am going to wash it, would be a good idea. I went to their website -- no care instructions. I have emailed them, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas. I have a sinking feeling this is going to be a dry-cleaning fabric. It has an almost sueded feel to it.
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Date: 3/31/13 8:12 AM

I've never had any problem washing tencel. It's much like rayon. Cut a 6 x 6 piece off the corner, wash it, dry it, then measure it to see if there's significant shrinkage. And evaluate any changes to the feel.

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In reply to Debbie Lancaster

Date: 3/31/13 10:05 AM

Has it changed since the first Tencel came out?
I remember having some RTW pieces that stained
so easily like silk and spots wouldn't come out.
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Date: 3/31/13 12:24 PM

Tencel is definitely washable. Pre-treat any grease spots. I prefer to dry it just to damp in the dryer, shake it out and hang to finish drying. Be careful when pressing, since a too-hot iron can leave shiny patches. I love tencel for the drape and soft touch and have used it for several projects, from loose fitting pants to skirts and jumpers.
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Date: 3/31/13 2:03 PM

Some tencels don't even need pressing if you catch them before they get bone dry. I never had that staining problem, gramma b.

With that sueded finish, you might want to press on the wrong side when you're constructing the garment.

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Date: 4/1/13 11:01 AM

I did get a strange oil stain on a tencel garment I had made. I couldn't get it out. Very odd and disappointing. I have had other tencels and had no such issues since.

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Date: 4/1/13 3:14 PM

I made a great skirt from a KwikSew pattern, and I live in that skirt practically every summer. it was made from tencel and I washed it in cold water, delicate cycle, and hung it dry. To remove stains, use Gonzo stain remover

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