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Sewing question....

Do I was the fabric before I sew? or after lol...I have never made a blanket before. Im making a Billow(was gonna be a Qwillow,but Im just not that crafty ATM lol)

AHHH Newbie here :P

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ryanlynn

Asked by ryanlynn at 11:31 AM on Jan. 6, 2010 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • wash it before you make it
    Raeann11

    Answer by Raeann11 at 11:33 AM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Yeah, wash and dry the fabric according to the directions before you cut it out and sew it. If there is any shrinkage, it will be done then and not affect the finished garment.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 11:37 AM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • what pp said- BUT (yes there is a HUGE but right in the middle! lol)....
    zip up the edges with a short straight stitch BEFORE you wash it- about 1/4 in from the raw edge. this will prevent your fabric from fraying away to nothing when you wash it.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:42 AM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Ahhhh INSTRUCTIONS? lol I have SEW much to learn :p
    ryanlynn

    Answer by ryanlynn at 11:51 AM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • don't bother folding anything over, you're not making a true hem- just stitch around the edges of the fabric before you wash it. wash depending on type of fabric- there is little that i wash on cold because an initial shrink needs to be significant, you WANT it to shrink as much as it is going to, before you sew with it, so it doesn't shrink after. just wash & dry it, if you are unsure of the fiber content, wash warm on a gentle cycle with mild detergent and dry on low.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 12:02 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • oh yeah, and always iron your fabric before you cut any patterns!
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 12:03 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • THANK YOU SEW much!

    ok enough of the Sew jokes..Im just SEW excited! ok im done :p thank you
    ryanlynn

    Answer by ryanlynn at 12:23 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • lmao at sew jokes, you ladies are funny
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 2:01 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

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