- Always, ALWAYS prewash fabrics before cutting! Linen and especially cotton do shrink...so I try to throw all fabric yardage into warm water AND then theMessage 1 of 33 , Feb 23, 2013View SourceAlways, ALWAYS prewash fabrics before cutting! Linen and especially cotton do shrink...so I try to throw all fabric yardage into warm water AND then the hottest setting on the dryer, just to be sure (I know some who recommend this treatment 3 times! Which I think is overkill, but to each their own, right?) Then I re-roll onto the bolt until I am ready to make something...
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:07 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] Wash linen at what setting before cutting?
I want to wash it to remove the sizing but with cotton will often wash hot or warm before cutting to avoid later shrinkage possibilities.
How much is this treatment likely to shrink the linen? Will it damage the linen in any way?
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- When I was spinning and weaving, I was told to wet and freeze the linen first and then drop it into boiling water to really abuse and shrink it. I believe itMessage 33 of 33 , Mar 4 10:56 PMView SourceWhen I was spinning and weaving, I was told to wet and freeze the linen first and then drop it into boiling water to really abuse and shrink it. I believe it is supposed to soften it up as the freezing opens the gaps between fibres so the water and soap get in quickly.
I was also told that traditionally the white linen was bleached by lying in the sun and then redampening, drying.... repeat until the required shade is reached. I haven't actually done either, but the ladies who gave me this advice were the top of their skill base in NZ.
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ@...> wrote:
> I abuse my linen befeo I cut it - machine wash on heafvy duty warm/cold
> (which is how I do ALL my laundry) and then in the dryer for like an hour.