Q: I recently ordered a set of smallish, pre-cut quilting squares from Etsy and did not know whether I should pre-wash or not. I didn’t pre-wash, made a small quilt and still haven’t washed it. I’m curious with so many of the fabric manufacturers promoting their “sweets” packs (jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc.) are they recommending pre-washing or not? — Perlin from Sew What, commenting on Do You Pre-Wash Your Fabric?
The precuts are not prewashed. I personally do not wash any of the cuts from Moda. This would completely eliminate the ease of using the cuts. If you are mixing the Moda precuts with other fabrics I would possibly reconsider this. In the 16 years I have sewn with Moda and I have never had a bleeding problem. So much of this also is determined by how the project is washed. In some areas the water is harder and the use of strong detergent also varies. There are many good sources out there about prewashing such as Harriet Hargrave’s site. Always, if unsure you can always test a swatch or corner of the fabric before beginning.
My addition: Many commenters said they pre-washed fabric because they were sensitive to the finishing chemicals (sizing, especially). If this is the case for you, go ahead and pre-wash. A spin in a washing machine seems to violent for those little pieces though — I would just swish them around in a sink with a little laundry soap or gentle detergent, squeeze them out on a towel, air dry for a bit, then press while still damp. That’s what I do with my vintage scraps and it works out well.
Q: Do you happen to know if the Kona solids sold at [U.S. craft store chain] Jo-Ann‘s are the same Kona solids sold more expensively at fancier shops? The skeptic in me is cautious of anything I can use my 40% off coupon on at JoAnn’s, but after exhaustive google searches, I don’t see anything that would indicate that they’re any different. I’m about to start designing a solids-only quilt and don’t want to regret my fabric purchase. – Karen Jarsky
That’s a question I’ve had myself, so I asked Kyle Sanchez, director of marketing for Robert Kaufman. She answered yes, “it is the same Kona at Joann’s as it is in the independents.” Hooray! Thanks Kyle!