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Acid-washing silk

Grace_Cockburn | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I’d like to acid-wash some pure silk satin to get a sueded silk fabric. The instructions I have say to use 2 cups white vinegar in a small machine load of hot water, agitate 12 minutes, rinse, put in dryer and repeat 2 or 3 times if needed.

Questions: the instructions mention silk broadcloth, but not silk satin. Should that be a problem? Anyone have experience or a better technique. Thanks for your help.


  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

    It will work. i have a silk satin nightgown that I have machine washing for years. It is wonderfully sueded.

    1. karen_morris_ | | #2

      *yes, i've found silk charmeuse also gets wonderful when it's been washed and washed many times. i guess i hand-washed these baggy navy silk charmeuse shorts that i made years ago, and then ironed them. they were so great. probably could've machine washed them, too.

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