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#1 of 4 Old 04-25-2004, 12:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I got some brocade from the local fabric shop to use in a quilt. Should I prewash it or is it dry clean only?
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I looked and its delicate wash in the machine but I'm wondering if it will shrink up so should I prewash it?

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If you plan to wash your quilt, I would prewash all the fabrics. Not only does this reduce the chance of shrinkage ( or worse, uneven shrinkage), it will also alert you to changes in the texture and finish of the fabrics as well as dye bleeding. These can be good or not so good, IKWIM, but at least you know before you spend a ton of time on a project.

I usually prewash using the same routine I plan to use later to clean the project. This includes both washing and drying. A lot of shrinkage occurs in the dryer. I find fabric finishes change when I use detergent to wash versus just rinsing. I appreciate this because pressing treated, unwashed fabric can give me a headache from all the chemicals.

HTH! Good luck with your project! Brocade sounds lovely for a quilt.
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Also check for bleeding. I got a brocade diaper cover and it bleeds pretty bad when hand washed.
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