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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Prewashing continuous 6 or more yards of fabric in top load washer ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Prewashing continuous 6 or more yards of fabric in top load washer
What tips do you have on preventing it from twisting?
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Date: 8/17/13 8:29 PM

The title and description says it all. I did a PR search, but didn't come up with anything.

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Date: 8/17/13 8:48 PM

You could sew it together on the two loose cut ends, and make a big tube out of it and that might be better as it could still twist but less likely to get all bunched up and all on one side of the washing machine, and make it unbalanced there. If not, just lay it in there careful and loose , and hang around in case it gets the drum all unbalanced just like anything else. If so, you probably will even just hear it, and then just stop and rearrange as needed.

Hopefully, it does not all need to be ironed afterwards too though.
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Date: 8/17/13 10:53 PM

Thanks. I've tried sewing the ends together, but it still did the twist. I hate having to stand in front of the washer un-twisting. It twists as it agitates. Have never had a problem with garments....just fabric. The last time I washed 6 yds. of cotton flannel it was a wrinkled mess. Oh my gosh......the dryer didn't even remove the wrinkles. Yes, I HAD to iron all 6 yds. of it. Grrr I really don't want to do THAT again.


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Date: 8/17/13 10:58 PM

Could you try using the gentlest cycle on your machine?

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Date: 8/17/13 11:58 PM

I have a very large mesh bag that I use on the gentle cycle. If you have a canvas laundry bag that might work too, but you might want to put some towels in to the rest of the machine to keep it balanced.

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Date: 8/18/13 0:02 AM

It seems as if this came up on PR about two years ago. I believe the best suggestion was to just wash the fabric in a tub and do the swishing of it yourself.

You might try a professional place with huge machines or your dry cleaner might do the washing.

That's a huge cut for a regular washing machine. Ooo, the twisting! {{{shutter}}}

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Date: 8/18/13 0:39 AM

Before washers and dryers... Imagine that? We always just wet the fabric and pushed it up and down to wet it. Then with the help of another person, we stretched the fabric so it was straight on the grain and let it dry. Yes, without a dryer.

That was 60 years ago, but it worked.

Sometimes it would have to be done twice to get all the stiffness out of the fabric.

We are so spoiled with automatic washers/dryers.

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Date: 8/18/13 1:08 AM

Back in February, there was an earlier discussion.
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Date: 8/18/13 8:32 AM

I just go to the public coin-operated laundry with the large heavy duty machines after serging both ends of the fabric closed. You can also do a large zig-zag stitch instead of serging. I leave the selvage sides open. I then throw it all in their large dryer. I have 6 yards of linen going in this weekend. Never had a problem this way and always did in my front-load washer.

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Date: 8/18/13 9:53 AM

Try putting the fabric in a pillowcase which you can then baste closed and wash it in that. That may work, or a large mesh bag to hold it all. That is what I used, but if I din't have a large enuf mesh bag, I would try the pillowcase thing. Good luck and let us know how you make out. Annette

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