Washing Finished Projects

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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by rcperryls » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:56 pm

:wave: Hello Kayjaybee90 and welcome to the forum from South Carolina! I wouldn't worry about the threads running as DMC threads rarely if ever run. I wouldn't say it is impossible but very improbably. I have made a lot of afghans using DMC threads and they have been washed in a washing machine and tossed in a dryer numerous times and have never run. For the last 5 or 6 years I have mostly stitched large projects and have used washable fabric markers to grid the fabrics (draw the chart lines directly on the fabric) and have washed those pieces to remove the ink and have never had floss run. It can be different if you are using hand dyed specialty threads, but with most major brands of cotton floss, you should be safe.

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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by DisneyStitcher » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:17 pm

I've been stitching for 30 years and have only had a red run on me once. To check to see if your threads are likely to run, pull a couple of strands (of the same color) through a wet, white paper towel. If you don't see color streaks on the paper towel, then it's not very likely to run and I'd just go ahead with your stitching. I keep a damp paper towel by me when I'm stitching and pull the thread through it each time I reload a needle. If you do see color streaks, pull out any stitching you've already done in that particular color. Pre-treat all of thread that bled and test it again before you use it.
 
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Lillicent » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:54 am

Thank you for all the tips on washing finished projects. No matter how careful I am I always end up with marks on the fabric which drive me mad! Will be following your advice from now on
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Woolite

by Cherney » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:55 pm

I have always washed my projects in woolite in cold water. I wash them by hand because I'm afraid that my stitches will come out if I use my machine. When washed with vinegar do you use white vinigar? I know that's a dumb question but please answer it. Even though I stitch advanced patterns there are things I'm still learning.
 
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Re: Woolite

by DisneyStitcher » Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:00 am

Cherney wrote:I have always washed my projects in woolite in cold water. I wash them by hand because I'm afraid that my stitches will come out if I use my machine. When washed with vinegar do you use white vinigar? I know that's a dumb question but please answer it. Even though I stitch advanced patterns there are things I'm still learning.


That's what I've always done as well, as it's what my mother-in-law told me to do 30 years ago when she was teaching me to stitch. However, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that Woolite is the devil incarnate. (I've never had any mystery stains show up after project has been framed, and I would think if it were an item that's going to be washed periodically (like an afghan or blanket) then it wouldn't matter)...but I've recently ordered some Orvus to give it a try. ......'course I need to finish a project to do that. :roll:
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by DisneyStitcher » Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:01 am

Also, yes, definitely white vinegar.
 
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by Mad Max » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:20 pm

TheOtherDrew wrote:I've just finished a printed cross stitch that I had to wash. I didn't take any progress pics, but here it is before I cleaned it.

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You can see the colour key was printed at the bottom of the aida. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't go away completely but it did.

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I let it soak in cold water for about 20 min & lightly squeezed it out a few times. Here it is the next day after I hung it up to dry. (please ignore the wrinkles)

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Nice Job! Is that 11 count Aida? What is your method for removing the wrinkles?
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Re: Washing Finished Projects

by richardandtracy » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:35 pm

Normal iron works a treat. If necessary, use steam.

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