November 16, 2012 by magpiemenina
The second installment in my series intended to share basic sewing information that is simple, necessary, but often learned through mistakes by those new to sewing:
Wash your fabric first.
Wash your fabric first, before you lay out the pattern or sew a stitch (if, of course, it is a fabric that you will be washing after you finish the project). This gets out any chemicals left from the manufacturing process, the dust from the fabric store, and, most importantly, lets the fabric shrink now rather than after you’ve sewn it together. There’s a severe risk that the fabric will shrink sufficiently to pull out of the seams otherwise; there is nothing like having to sew a project twice.