Quick Tip – Pre-washing Fabric

My current purse is showing signs of wear after using it for a long time, so I followed my tip about using Liquid Stitch to prolong its life. (57949, about midway down the page.)  In the meantime, I’m starting a new one.  I prewash my fabric for clothing or purses. So here’s another tip, about avoiding birds’ nests in the dryer.

Clip all four corners of each piece of fabric on the diagonal.1 with arrowsBelow is what those corners looked like when I took them out of the dryer. (I try to take fabric out before it’s completely dry, and then spray it with Best Press to iron it.)

washedThis is what a raw edge looked like after the dryer. Sure beats fighting all those loose tangled threads to separate the fabric, like I did before I started cutting off the corners!  edgeI hope, if you haven’t tried this before, that you’ll clip those corners next time you wash fabric!  What do you think?


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4 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Pre-washing Fabric

  1. This is new to me! I’m going to do it when I prewash the fabric I have purchased for my granddaughter’s dance costume!

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