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From: Shellymoon
Date: 06-19-2007, 12:04 AM (1 of 4)
I just purchased linen for the very first time. My question is how do you pretreat this beautiful stuff? Do you wash or not? Dry clean?

Most of my linen RTW is sent out to the cleaners. It just holds up better and I can wear it more than once.

So. I'm thinking of skipping the washing machine on this fabric.

(It's pin linen by the way...I love pink!)
Shelly Moon
User: Shellymoon
Member since: 05-27-2001
Total posts: 240
From: DorothyL
Date: 06-19-2007, 07:15 AM (2 of 4)
I just bought some beautiful pink linen myself (bright pink) and prewashed it in cold water because that is how I plan to clean the finished garment.
I really enjoy working with linen. It pretty much does what you want it to -- especially with a hot iron handy.
Washing will soften it up if it is stiff and you can press the body back in with your iron.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: MaryW
Date: 06-19-2007, 09:01 AM (3 of 4)
I wash and dry linen twice before cutting into it. However, I wash and line dry my stuff. Maybe this will help.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: EmaCon
Date: 06-20-2007, 04:34 PM (4 of 4)
I also wash linen in the machine on gentle with a slow spin. Then I fluff it in the dryer for 5-10 minutes before hanging it to finish drying. I iron it after it's dry. I treat the finished garment the same way.
User: EmaCon
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 67
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