This was one of those questions we talked about a while back when we agreed to disagree. The good news is that it just don’t matter! If you insist on washing your fabric before using it, you’re probably dead set on why you do it and you will not consider not washing. I’m right in this group with you. If you don’t wash, you probably have weighed out the risks and have no fear of using unwashed fabric.
I have several reasons for washing first.
- I just think the fabric behaves better when it’s been washed. Sometimes it’s kinda slippery or has a mind of its own before washed. Know what I mean?
- I like to know what the fabric is going to feel like once its been washed. It will get washed eventually in a quilt. I have had a fabric from a quilt shop that was very limp and thin feeling after having been washed. I only remember it happening once . . to a pink fabric that I really liked but decided not to use.
- Probably most important is . . you never know where the fabric has been stored and whose package it was sitting next to on the UPS truck. There could have been cooties in the package sitting right next to my package and some of them may have come visiting and I don’t want them. I like for my fabric to be clean . . very clean . . before I use it.
Wait just a minute! Is that a dog in the middle of my pile of clean fabric that just came out of the dryer? Yes, and what are you going to do about it?
Looks like Speck isn’t too concerned about getting his cooties in my nice clean fabric.
I guess it’s safe to say that we can scratch #3 from my reasons for washing fabric. It surely isn’t “very clean” after a dachshund has been sleeping in the pile. He’s a clean dog . . as far as dogs go but he’s still a dog and I bet he has cooties! Maybe I’ll wash it again or . . maybe not! I know . . I’ll iron it. Ironing kills cooties, right?