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From: sheilarenee
Date: 03-11-2007, 11:01 PM (1 of 3)
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've been on here and have only ever posted a couple of times I think.

I recently was given a large amount of fabric samples that I plan to use to make some pillows and similar items. Many of the fabrics included viscose as a part of its fiber content. I did some searching online to see how I should prewash the fabric and got a lot of conflicting info. Most of the fabrics that were made from viscose were a blend of approximately 50% viscose and the rest some % of cotton/poly.

What is the best way to prewash these fabrics? TIA!
User: sheilarenee
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 8
From: neefer
Date: 03-12-2007, 09:59 AM (2 of 3)
The best way to pretreat a fabric is to treat it the way you plan on cleaning. If you are going to wash and dry your creation, wash and dry the fabric. You might want to start with a swatch. I like 10 inchs by 10 inches.
Jennifer in Livermore
User: neefer
Member since: 03-29-2004
Total posts: 29
From: MaryW
Date: 03-12-2007, 10:09 AM (3 of 3)
Good advice neefer, thanks. Also keep in mind a few fabrics have progressive shrinkage. They will shrink more than once. Denim comes to mind doe one.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
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