Set the colors in fabric by washing the material in very cold water with 1/2 cup of iodized salt. The salt prevents the colors from bleeding. Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in order to further set the colors and prevent the colors from fading.Know More
The chloride in salt helps seal the color into the fibers and keep it looking fresher for longer. The vinegar not only softens the fabric, but it also prevents detergent build-up, which leeches color. This technique works on a wide variety of textiles.
If the material seems to be losing a lot of color or has the potential to lose a lot of color, fill the washing machine halfway with water, and add 1 cup of both salt and vinegar. Mix well, and add the fabric. Let the fabric soak for one hour. If there is dye in the water, repeat the process until the water is clean when the fabric is taken out.
Do not use hot water unless washing out any excess dye. In some cases, the clothing is dyed correctly but has excess dye in it. Many clothes are not adequately washed during manufacturing, so there may be lingering bits of dye in the fibers that did not adhere properly. One wash in cold water and two washes in hot water with detergent removes any loose dye.Learn More
Melange fabric is a fabric that has been made with more than one color of fabric, either by using different colored fabrics or made with different fabrics which are then individually dyed. For example, when mixing black and white fibers, it results in a gray-colored melange fabric.Full Answer >
Polyester fabric should only be dyed using immersion dyes, water that is hotter than boiling and a noxious chemical that will allow the dye to penetrate the tightly woven fibers. Immersion dyeing is not recommended and the results of dyed polyester are often unfavorable because the dye does not settle evenly.Full Answer >
There are multiple ways to remove iron-on letters from fabric, including using wax paper and an iron to peel off the letters, using a clothes dryer, or using nail polish remover. Depending on the age and condition of the fabric, experimenting with all three methods may be necessary.Full Answer >
To sew a French seam, pin the fabric together, and sew a seam. Refold the fabric, and then pin it on the other side. Sew along the seam.Full Answer >