The question, “Should I pre-wash my fabric?” is one that many sewers have struggled with for years. If you had a chance to read our last blog, then you already know that there are many benefits to pre-washing your fabric before it ever comes in contact with your Janome sewng machine, but that doesn’t mean that those who don’t pre-wash are wrong. The following is a list of the arguments against pre-washing fabric:

  • Pre-washing is too time consuming- If you have family, a full-time job, and a social life, chances are, you probably don’t have a lot of time to sew anyway, and taking some of that precious time to pre-wash may just be more time consuming than it’s worth.
  • New fabrics have sizing- Sizing makes fabrics crisp and it prevents fraying, this makes cutting and piecing your fabric so much easier. When you pre-wash the fabric, it removes sizing, and therefore the crispness of the fabric.
  • Shrinking isn’t really a big deal- Though some fabrics are more susceptible to shrinking than others, the amount that things shrink doesn’t usually cause your project to be too small to use. If you are okay with a little bit of shrinking, then pre-washing may not be necessary for you.

Now that you have heard the arguments for and against pre-washing your fabrics, you can decide which option is the best for you! Though if you do decide to pre-wash, just make sure that you follow all of the manufacturer’s directions and avoid washing pre-cut fabrics.