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From: PeytonandWyett
Date: 02-03-2004, 01:33 PM (1 of 4)
Hello Everyone!
I have just recently discovered this board and have found it very helpful. I am a SAHM and have discovered that I do not want another 8-5 office job! I am hoping to soon start a small sewing business to bring in some income. My question is whether I should preshrink/wash my fabrics that I intend to use for items that I will be selling? As of right now, I automatically wash my fabrics as soon as I get them home. I wash them just as I would any other laundry (i.e. with detergent and fabric softener). I'm just not sure if I should be doing that with items that I would be selling. Thanks in advance!
User: PeytonandWyett
Member since: 02-02-2004
Total posts: 9
From: allie-oops
Date: 02-03-2004, 11:42 PM (2 of 4)
Hi and welcome! I'm a SAHM also, and plan on making baby quilts with vintage-style embroidery. I do pre-wash my fabrics....mainly because I use so much muslin, and it really shrinks, I don't want any surprises for my customers. I think as long as I iron it afterward, it will be fine. I don't use fabric softener if I need to use fusible web, that's all.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: Mom of Six
Date: 02-04-2004, 06:20 AM (3 of 4)
I would prewash. You don't want any surprise shrinkage for your custumers after a purchase or they might not return. If you want the new feel you can buy spray sizing for after it is done.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 02-04-2004, 12:43 PM (4 of 4)
I always pre wash every piece of fabric that comes into my home. Period. If it is to be used for something for myself, so much the better. If it is to be used for someone else, (gift or sold), so much the better.

If I am doing a custom dressmaking job, it also gets washed before I begin cutting out. My customers don't like surprises, either!

The only exception to this is a fabric that must be dry cleaned. At my house, these types of fabrics are few and far between! But even at that, the fabric takes a trip to the dry cleaners before I begin working with it.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
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