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To Wash or not to Wash ? That is the question..

To Wash or not to Wash ? That is the question..

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“Do I need to pre-wash fabric before I sew with it ?”   This is a good question. There is no ONE answer for this. What is the project you are going to make with the fabric? Will the finished project EVER be washed? Let’s say you’re making a costume for your child. It’s for Halloween and will only be worn once; next year this size won’t fit him. Do you need to pre-wash the fabric? If it’s only for a single-use project, you don’t really need to. But consider this, what if a nephew or neighbor could wear it next year? What if junior eats too much candy and “urps” all over himself? Hmmm.. Maybe it’s a large banner for a church program or decorative flag. If it’s not going to be washed later, it’s okay to not pre-wash the fabric. What if it’s an item like a wallhanging or table topper and will be washed only by hand? Fine, don’t pre-wash. If the article will need an occasional freshening up only, you can wash it by hand. BUT, if this article is red fabric next to white fabric and it’s not pre-washed, you may still end up with a fun tie-dye motif that you weren’t expecting. If the item is a gift, be sure and let the receiver know how to clean it (toss in the washer, hand wash only, spot-clean only, etc.). Read the rest of this entry

Where do you go to shop for fabric ?

Where do you go to shop for fabric ?

One of the highlights of our home business is when we start to run low on the basic supplies. A wonderful and perfectly reasonable reason to go fabric shopping ! As you can imagine, ‘my guys’ (Hubby and adult Son) aren’t always terribly excited to go along. Oh, they will; go and be helpful and carry bolts of fabric as I tediously search for the right fabric. Especially if there’s a promise of eating out for lunch/dinner. They do look for fabrics and usually contribute some great finds.  And they are very patient for nearly an hour, which is about the time my eyes start getting tired of intensely inspecting 300 bolts of fabric. So we take our bags to the car and take a break from shopping, enjoying a sit-down meal that someone else cooked. If there is another fabric shop nearby, I’m off for ‘Round 2′ while the guys hang around outside watching grass grow or get another drink and listen to the ice melt. In any case, we all get to enjoy the day, sort of together :)

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