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putting rayon in the dryer

jackie_hamilton | Posted in The Archives on

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I was wondering if there is any way to shrink rayon that has already been pre-washed? What happens if you put rayon in the dryer?

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  1. Colleen_Writt | | #1

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    Hi Jackie when I prewash my rayon, anticipating sewing a dress, I wash it warm and dry it on regular cotton setting. This takes out most of the shrinkage
    and really softens the fabric. After the garment is made,I am still careful with it,only washing it when absolutely necessary,and then in cold water,delicate setting. I do dry it in the dryer,on
    low heat delicate setting, and take it out before it is bone dry.
    I have had good luck with several rayon dresses this summer,caring for them this way.I had one rayon dress "accidentally" find its way into the regular washload,and it was one I had made from the prewashed
    fabric. Even with the warm wash and drying on regular
    cotton setting,it survived pretty well,with minimal
    shrinkage. I would say that most rayons will shrink
    initially, and tend to shrink a lot less in subsequent washes if washed cold, with the low heat delicate dryer setting.
    Colleen

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