Last week's poll provided some interesting answers. Here are the results of your votes:
Are you surprised? I guess whether you wash your fabric depends on the type you buy and your intended purpose. I am strongly in the in the 'Always' camp.
Into the washing
machine they go before I handle them. I have ALWAYS washed before use, not because I'm
fearful of dye running but simply because I don't know where the fabric
I don't know what chemicals have been used in making the
cloth; I don't know where it's been stored and I don't know what it has
encountered in its travels. After seeing the way some customers touch fabric in shops, I don't want their DNA on it, either!
So there's NO WAY I will allow myself to cut
and sew with it until it has a thorough wash in my machine (none of that wussy
dipping and rinsing business) and dries outside in the sunshine. Only then I
will start fondling it!
Washing small pieces and strips is easier if you pop them in a lingerie bag before putting them in the machine. That way they don't get tangled up with other things. Yes, it does require some trimming of threads and careful pressing to get these small pieces ready to sew but I'd rather do that than sew with unwashed fabric.
Anyway, that's my opinion. What's yours?