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Date: 3/4/14 7:58 PM

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I purchased a bout 4 1/2 yards of linen and in preparation for starting a project, I pre-washed the fabric. I washed it on warm and dried it on low heat. I had read online that linen would soften after washing but mine is still kind of stiff. Any ideas on why the linen is still pretty stiff? I am using it to make a dress if that helps. Thanks.

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Date: 3/4/14 8:05 PM

Is it 100% linen or a blend?

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Date: 3/4/14 8:17 PM

I've found some linen needs 2 or 3 washes before it softens.

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Date: 3/4/14 8:27 PM

I prewash my 100% linen fabric in warm water and dry on high heat and it usually takes 2-3 cycles before it feels good to me.

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Date: 3/4/14 9:34 PM

Ah okay - thanks. It's 100% linen. I will throw it in the wash a couple of more times.

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Date: 3/5/14 1:00 AM

I made some pants from burgundy colored 100% linen that I had washed and dried once. By the time I was done with those pants, I noticed the plastic area on my machine bed was pink from the dye in the linen. I used alcohol, 409, and whatever, but the stain was permanent on my machine. So, just sayin', I would wash it again and if it's red maybe even not use it!

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Date: 3/5/14 1:29 AM

I made DH a pair of linen pants with a linen I had only washed once. After the third washing, they were ankle pants. Definitely wash it a couple more times!

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Date: 3/5/14 7:56 AM

Louise Cutting recommends washing and drying 5 times! The garments I've made have not shrunk

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Date: 3/7/14 6:52 AM

I use hot water, hot dry, Once! No problems. I will say the quality of the linen affects things. The more I pay the less it seems to shrink. I recently purchased a linen cotton blend that went from a 56 width to a 42 width but the length didn't change more than a half an inch on three yards. Go figure! It was the cotton weft that really shrunk, or is that warp?
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Date: 3/7/14 5:46 PM

I've had a so-called designer linen shrink progressively so that a dress I'd made after washing and drying one on hot was unwearable. It must have shrunk two sizes and was still going when I threw it out.

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