Do you have to wash fabric before sewing?
So my advice is yes, wash all of your fabrics, before cutting them up to sew with.
Machine wash, hand wash, machine dry, hang dry……… whatever the washing instructions are for that particular fabric.
The pile of fabrics shown above is all 100% cotton, and cotton is notorious for shrinking.
Does cotton fabric need to be washed before sewing?
Cotton fabric is a natural fiber, so it will shrink. Many cotton fabrics will be marked as pre-washed but may still shrink after washing. Wash and dry the fabric so you know for sure that the shrinking is done before you sew a garment. Repeat the process if you have any inkling that the fabric may shrink even more.
How do you wash sewing fabric?
How to keep fabric from fraying when pre-washing. –
What fabrics should be prewashed?
Pre-Washing, Fiber by Fiber
- Cotton: Most cotton is easy to care for and can be machine washed and dried without too much concern.
- Linen: Linen can be machine washed, no problem.
- Wool: I nearly always hand- or machine-wash wool on the gentle setting, using cool water so the fibers don’t felt.