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Old 07-19-2010, 09:44
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For those of you that make clothing to sell at your shows do y'all prewash your fabric? I want to make a few pillowcase dresses for some of my shows to see how they will sell. A gazillion years ago when I used to offer a few cute little skirts and dresses in my booth I prewashed all my fabric, however at a craft show I attended last week I was looking in a booth that had darling kids clothing and I noticed her fabric had not been washed. Is this normal? I LOVE the look of fabric off the bolt with all the sizing in it...it looks so crisp, but even in today's world of modern "stuff", some fabric can and does shrink or do funny things . I always iron and use spray sizing after I wash my fabric and it looks nice...but I am wondering if I'm am being OCD about this. I don't want my customers to be surprised after the first washing...KWIM???? So do you wash or not wash????
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:49
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I don't sell any clothing I've made, but I ALWAYS prewash my fabric. I wouldn't want all my hard work ruined because it shrank in the first washing! I also use Magic Sizing when pressing my fabric so that it is crisp again. I don't think you are OCD about it, I think you are smart!
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I always wash.

I use All free and clear so there aren't dyes or perfumes, and No fabric softener.

Yes, I iron it all before I sew it. I try to only use water to iron it, but I do use sizing if I absolutely must.

There are so many allergies out there so I try not to use any products that could bother little ones skin,,,there are so many people I know who don't prewash things before their kids wear them,

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For those of you that make clothing to sell at your shows do y'all prewash your fabric? I want to make a few pillowcase dresses for some of my shows to see how they will sell. A gazillion years ago when I used to offer a few cute little skirts and dresses in my booth I prewashed all my fabric, however at a craft show I attended last week I was looking in a booth that had darling kids clothing and I noticed her fabric had not been washed. Is this normal? I LOVE the look of fabric off the bolt with all the sizing in it...it looks so crisp, but even in today's world of modern "stuff", some fabric can and does shrink or do funny things . I always iron and use spray sizing after I wash my fabric and it looks nice...but I am wondering if I'm am being OCD about this. I don't want my customers to be surprised after the first washing...KWIM???? So do you wash or not wash????
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Yes wash, dry and iron your fabric before sewing. I do this for all fabric because of the shrinkage you really need to do this.
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If you pre-wash, definitely post that fact PROMINENTLY in your booth. If you're going to all that extra trouble and expense (detergent, starch, etc.), make sure people know about it!
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Thanks everyone...I was wondering if it was just "me" but I have always prewashed my fabric (except when I started making purses...I really didn't see a need for it after the first 50 or so...hard habit to break), but when I saw a booth full of cute, cute little dresses and none of the fabric had been washed I wondered if I had missed a "message" somewhere along the line. I haven't really sewn clothing in a long time...I've done more "craft" sewing lately.
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I think that most sellers do NOT pre-wash anymore. (at least thats the consensus on most sewing forums) If you're using fabric from JoAnns or walmart I probably would, but if youre using the more expensive designer cottons Ive noticed no shrinkage. That being said, I always pre-wash if it had light and dark colors together to prevent bleeding.

Oh, and of course always pre-wash knits
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