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Date: 4/15/13 9:17 PM

Finally found out that my mystery fabric with no washing instructions is synthetic velvet that is knitted.

I think it would be safe to wash it on delicate cycle and dry it on permanent press, tell me what you think?
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Date: 4/15/13 9:36 PM

Yes, you can wash and dry it. You just don't want to use a hot iron on it, because it could singe or melt.

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In reply to Debbie Lancaster

Date: 4/16/13 8:14 PM


Thanks so much , I was so thrilled to find out it was synthetic.

So could I use a low iron over a press cloth?

Thanks.

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Date: 4/17/13 11:26 AM

If it's velvet, even synthetic velvet, I think you need what is called a needle board to iron it. They are expensive.

Otherwise you should fingerpress it.

If you have a very thick towel, you could try pressing a scrap from the wrong side with the pile pressed face down into the plush of the towel.
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Date: 4/19/13 0:02 AM

Thanks, I completely forgot about the needle board.
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Date: 4/19/13 0:45 AM

You shouldn't need a needleboard for knit stretch velvet--the nap isn't generally deep enough. You shouldn't even need to iron it much at all, really. If you do press it (your seams, etc) as you sew, a thick towel and warm iron will work fine. I'm not sure how successful finger-pressing is on knits, so report back if you can!

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Date: 4/19/13 8:20 PM

Sorry. Totally missed that it was a knit.

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Date: 4/19/13 8:25 PM

I'd still recommend washing a test swatch, unless you are fine with however it turns out.

I'd probably wash it, but then I don't have any shortage of fabric these days....

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Date: 4/20/13 0:46 AM

If I can't wash it I get rid of it. Most of the time I've had good luck with handwashing or gentle cycle washing "dry clean only" fabric. Some fabrics are not exactly the same post-washing but I've liked the effects over all.

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