TUTORIAL- Pre-shrink Wool...Fast and Easy at Home! (revised)
(This is a revised version of one of the most popular tutorials I have written. Since I have so many new blog followers since it was first published here in 2009, I thought it was time to revisit it :)
- Serge or zig-zag the raw cut edges of the fabric.
- Next, wet 2-3 clean thick towels with very HOT water. Then wring them out until they are a little more than "damp" but NOT dripping wet. Use towels you have had for a while, so that lint will not be transferred from the towels to the fabric ;)
- Now toss the hot steamy towels and the fabric into your clothes dryer.
- Set the dryer on HIGH heat, and tumble the fabric and very damp hot and steamy towels for 30-40 minutes. (If you are using a high napped wool, or are just unsure about this method with your particular fabric, test on a 6"x6" swatch of your fabric before committing the entire length.)
- If you have a steam setting on your dryer...skip the towels and tumble with steam for 20-30 minutes on high heat. If your fabric is still damp after 20-30 minutes, dry without steam for about 10 more minutes.
- Lay the fabric flat until it is cool.
- Why it works--- Tailors regularly use high heat and steam during the construction process, and also use precise "spot" applications of water and hot irons when making suits of the finest wools. Tumbling wool yardage with a few hot damp towels is much less intense than the heat and steam used during wool garment construction. Moreover, the yardage is being "fluffed/tumbled" in the dryer with steam...NOT twisted or agitated in the washer with water.
is PRO-WEFT Supreme Lightweight Fusible or
PRO-WEFT Supreme Medium-weight Fusible
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