Tips for Pre-Washing Fabrics

August 3, 2010 in General

It’s always a good idea to pre-wash¬†cotton fabrics to shrink them if they’re going to shrink, and remove any sizing or dirt they may have picked up before you purchased them.

Before washing a woven fabric, cut a small triangle from the each corner of the fabric (approximately 1/4″ from the corner). This will prevent some of the raveling and balling that happens when the threads along the edges work loose.

¬†Remove the fabrics from the dryer while they are still damp. A quick press is all they’ll need, and the wrinkles will come out easier if the fabric isn’t totally dry. I like to use a little sizing or spray starch to give them a nice, crisp feel.
It’s also a good idea to pre-wash any trims you may be using. Pop them into a lingerie bag and toss them in the washer and dryer with your fabric.

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