To prewash or not to prewash?

I always prewash fabric.
45% (5 votes)
I never prewash fabric.
36% (4 votes)
It depends on the fabric and/or the project.
18% (2 votes)
Total votes: 11

Most instructions on Quilt around the World advise you to use 100% prewashed cotton fabric.

We recommend prewashing mainly because it prevents future shrinking and bleeding. One additional reason why we prewash almost any piece of fabric before it is allowed into our fabric stash: We don't like the thought of all the chemicals to remain in the fabric and still be there when we start working with it. Only lately, I washed a few pieces of fabric by hand because I was too impatient to wait for the next time I would have enough laundry to fill a washing machine. I was quite shocked at the amount of dye that still came out of my bali fabrics and I don't want to imagine what other chemicals were disolved in the rinsing water.

For others, the stuff that still is in newly bought fabric is just the reason not to prewash. Fabric that still has the sizing in its fibres is a little stiffer and therefore easier to cut and sew.

We would like to know your opinion on prewashing or leaving the fabric as it is. Which do you prefer? Leave your vote in the poll box. Multiple choices are not possible.


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