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Has Anyone Cleaned Their Project??


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jumpshot20
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Joined: 06 Feb 2009
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Location: Richmond Virginia
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2:34 am Mar 04, 2009

Despite my best efforts at trying to keep clean, I'm noticing some grime around the edges of my project.

Do you know if DMC thread is colorfast?
Do you have any cleaning tips?

Thanks! Stitching
rifestitch
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Joined: 16 May 2005
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Location: North of Atlanta
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8:38 am Mar 04, 2009

Unless I get it done relatively quickly - a month or two - I always wash all of my DMC-only projects. I have never had a single problem with DMC bleeding, even the one that I had to leave soak overnight, in Oxy Clean, to remove a Coke or juice stain. 10 years later, it still looks great behind its glass Smile

There are lots of opinions as to what kind of detergent to use, and I think it is universally accepted that Woolite is BAD. There are a couple of needlework wash products out there, but I've never used any of them. I most often just rinse and rinse in lukewarm water, no soap of any kind.

Remember that table linens and the like used to all be embroidered, and washing those had the potential of being very harsh, so a gentle washing to a finished piece done in DMC should be perfectly okay Smile It's when you start using the specialty fibers, the hand-dyed stuff, that you run into problems....
sverzino
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Joined: 26 Oct 2006
Posts: 88
Location: St. Louis, MO
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11:00 am Mar 04, 2009

I've washed all my stuff with DMC threads with a little bit of Dawn dishwashing soap. They've all turned out fine with no bleeding and looked great.
Alanna
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Joined: 27 Aug 2006
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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7:23 pm Mar 04, 2009

I always do mine in warm water with a little bit of dissolved laundry powder, never had a problem.
jumpshot20
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12:51 am Mar 05, 2009

That makes me feel better! So glad I have cross-stitch experts to post questions too! Stitching
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