Thursday, January 21, 2016

To Wash or Not

I recently received the following washing instructions in a shipment from RJR Fabrics.

"The dyes used in these fabrics are reactive dyes: therefore, colors are stable and will not release dye. Prewashing fabric is not necessary.

If you choose to prewash, wash in cold water and damp dry. Complete drying process by air drying. This washing and drying method will retain the finish of the fabric."

Good explanation for today's fabrics.

Reproduction Fabrics will be participating in the upcoming Stock Block Shop Hop.


  1. This just made me say, huh? Who of us is going to air-dry yardage? And is this the continued washing instruction for the finished product? Sounds like a pain...

  2. About 5 years ago a famous designer wrote the same advice in one of her books. Two and a half years ago Quilting Treasures fabric manufacturer produced a line called 1810 Chintz Medallion and I made a shop example of the kit. I pre-washed the fabric as I always do and all the reds bled like crazy. No matter what manufacturers say, I plan to continue to pre-wash my fabrics. Better safe than sorry.

    1. Ah - thanks for confirming that I am not the only skeptic out there. I too check every fabric, especially the dark reds and blues, before it goes into my stash. I'm guessing the suggestion of this manufacturer to use cool water and air drying is because warmer water will often release dyes when cool will not. And there have been a few times that while ironing the damp fabric, dye released onto my ironing board cover. I was once told that these sorts of directions, especially on clothing, are a way of manufacturers to protect themselves from unhappy customers.