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View Poll Results: Pre-wash fabric before sewing
Always 16 55.17%
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Sometimes, depends on the project or type of fabric 7 24.14%
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So, is it okay to pre-wash with no detergent? I didn't use detergent because I was afraid the color was going to fade. The purpose of pre-washing is to pre-shrink it right? I would still shrink if you washed with no detergent and dried it, right?
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So, is it okay to pre-wash with no detergent? I didn't use detergent because I was afraid the color was going to fade. The purpose of pre-washing is to pre-shrink it right? I would still shrink if you washed with no detergent and dried it, right?
Free and clear meaning the type of detergent that is free of dyes and purfumes. I use that all the time in my wash since my DD has severe eczema and I dont want any more irritation on her skin. All of the major brands make a free and clear now. I use All free and clear. I think the shrinking come from the drying part. I used to not wash but will be washing from here on out.
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I washed one time and my material frayed really bad. How do you keep that from happening.
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I wash with no detergent. Seems to work fine.
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wash and dry on delicate or handwash cycle
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So, is it okay to pre-wash with no detergent? I didn't use detergent because I was afraid the color was going to fade. The purpose of pre-washing is to pre-shrink it right? I would still shrink if you washed with no detergent and dried it, right?
i've always washed to get the chemicals out and to shrink & added less detergent, but your ? made me think again . . . and finally found something on google . . .

Softening New Fabric New cotton fabric is usually stiff because of the chemicals and sizing that the manufacturer adds. To remove this, try washing with less detergent than recommended (as detergent will also make clothes stiff), and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar works great at removing detergent and sizing build up. You may also want to add an extra rinse cycle. (Yep, no idea what sizing is. But vinegar appears to be a pretty good all-purpose fabric softener. Hmm.)

http://srilanka.laurieashton.com/200...r-fabric-tips/

i wasn't able to come up with anything on google as to whether straight water would remove the chemicals . . . so, fwiw!
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I washed one time and my material frayed really bad. How do you keep that from happening.
Zig zag stitch up the edges
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Prewashing or preshrinking. If you really want all the fabric finish out then you should wash it. If you just want to get the item to shrink down to where it will after it is washed you can do that with just getting it wet and throwing it in the dryer. I also can preshrink with spritzing with water and ironing. It depends on what it is. When I make burps I usually prewash the diapers but not the fabric. If a burp gets puckery later it isn't a huge deal. Usually they are gifts and you want them to look new. I think dissimilar fabrics in the same item is where you might have shrinking issues.
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Zig zag stitch up the edges
or cut it with pinking shears . . . or use a rotary cutter w/zig zag blade.

i was taught (from quiltmaking) to also rip off the selvage edge before washing/drying as this can also distort the true grain of the fabric.

lol - i'm a ripper w/all my fabrics and just deal with the strings!
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I voted "It depends", but reading all the replies, I will now pre-wash. I've done the wet and iron pre-shrink thing before too.
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