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Patsy18/03/2010 12:31:47
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I bought some fabric recently of which the colours runs when I washed it - Is there a way the colour can be set?
Irene B18/03/2010 14:05:56
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Hello Patsy,
Welcome to the Forum.
I always wash my fabrics after buying them and before I use them for patchwork projects.  Colour always comes out of the fabric especially the darker colours.  Once washed, I rinse and rinse in warm water until the colour stops coming out.  When it's dry I give the fabric a good press with a hot iron.  So far I've not had any colour run, but I always wash at approx 30 degrees.
Hope this helps.
I expect there are others on the Forum who will have good tips to help you.
Irene B
Patsy18/03/2010 17:28:13
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Hello Irene
Thank you for the tip.  The fabrics are bright / dark colours.  I'll wash the fabric again and this time I'll keep rinsing.  I'll let you know if it works.  Many thanks
rosemary Rosenfeld19/03/2010 17:52:07
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Hi , I always add some "colour catchers " to the wash, they DO work and you end up with some interesting coloured pieces which I use as backgrounds for postcards etc.
Best wishes
Maggi B19/03/2010 20:06:57
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Hi Patsy
I always wash any fabric as soon as I get it home, usually at 40 degrees. If it is hand dyed, like Rosemary,  I add colour catchers and have a great collection of colours.

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