Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

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Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby temom on Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:59 pm

My friend had a blouse on the other day that was absolutely gorgeous. It was a washable silk, and it was so soft! I would love to make a blouse out of such material, but I don't know what it would be. Any thoughts?
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby Mule on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:45 pm

You can wash many silks if you use cold water and a gentle cycle. Just line dry. It still changes the texture slightly, so you you'd want to try a test first.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby MartySews2 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:22 am

I've washed silk & put it in the dryer, it becomes very, very soft. I just use the delicate cycle. All of my clothes have to be able to go thru the washer & dryer.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby Magot on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:52 am

I am a bad girl - I just sling my silk in the washing machine with everything else. It is tough stuff - just don't use biological detergent!
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby sewingmom on Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:34 am

I had some silk blouses and washed them in the washer and noticed that the holes where the stitches went through the cloth became very promenant as if the fabric was weakened. I, from then on put silks in a mesh bag in the laundry so the tug and pull on the fabric is diminished. It works but yes it does change the "hand" of the fabric.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:49 pm

I don't have any silk right now, but when I was a kid I had lots of silk dresses and blouses. and slips, and nightgowns. My Mom washed them all. Back then she washed in the bathtub with a scrub board. And the drier was a line in the back yard with clothes pins. LOL. Silk was a very strong fabric then. Not this almost sheer stuff I see in Blouses today.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby temom on Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:50 pm

So did you gals buy a particular kind of silk, or will most anything I buy that is washable work?
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby MartySews2 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:27 pm

I just bought silk from Hancock Fabrics.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby bridesmom on Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:04 am

I remember one of our former members made her wedding dress out of a beautiful duponi silk and I remember her mentioning about washing the silk and how it really changed the texture of it.
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Re: Is there a fabric "Washable Silk"?

New postby DorothyL on Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:37 am

I am a bad girl - I just sling my silk in the washing machine with everything else. It is tough stuff -


Me too. I did shrink a favorite jacket though. It was a tweed. It fits now though, since I lost weight.

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