Acetate -- fabric care?

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I'm looking at a piece of acetate slinky fabric.  How is this supposed
to be cared for?  Hand wash/machine wash?  dry cleaner?
  Cheryl


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Dry clean only. Keep nail polish/acetone away, as they will destroy
acetate fibres

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Candide
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Normally, I'd be right there with ya, Candide.  Acetate is almost always
marked as dry clean only.  However, I got real brave here a couple weeks
back. Found some really striking acetate brocade; black with silver Asian
style dragons all over it.  (At Wal-Mart BTW.  About $4 per yard.  58"
wide.)  Thought "oh that would make an amazing robe for my DD!!!"   But I
knew there was no way I was going to have her bathrobe (gonna line with
black polar fleece) dry cleaned.   So I looked at the price, figured it
would not KILL me if I ruined the fabric.  Toted it home and tossed it in
the wash on cold.  Then tossed it in the dryer on "permanent press."  Came
out Gorgeous.  Well.  Wrinkled like crazy till I pressed it, but I just
expect that when I launder fabric.  No shrinking what-so-ever, which really
surprised me.  I bought some extra just in case it shrank like crazy.  The
only major change was it is much softer now.  It will still press in a very
crisp crease (I tried to make one and sure enough!)  It's not so much that
it changed the way the stuff will drape; I still don't think it will have
much drape to it at all.  However, it is tons softer to the touch, which is
a very good thing!

Just thought I would let y'all know about that.  I wouldn't recommend that
kind of treatment for All types of acetate.  An acetate crepe, I think I
would dry clean.  But for this, it was worth the experiment, and it all
worked out just fine.  :)

Sharon


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Dear Sharon,

I'm glad you had success with your acetate brocade satin.  Slinky, on
the other hand, is a very different animal.  It will distort and
shrink.  The wrinkles are next to impossible to get out.  And the seams
will become distorted as well.  My students were given hundreds of
yards of designer fabrics from a Chicago designer back in the early
nineties, when slinky fabric was not available to home sewers.  We were
very disappointed in the care requirements.  There are slinky fabrics
available now that don't have these problems, but acetate is not among
them.  

Teri


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Well butter my behind and call me a biscuit! One learns something new
everyday! Thanks for sharing.

Candide



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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!  Oooooooooohh!!  That's a good one!!!  :)

I was pretty amazed at how the fabric turned out post wash myself.  Like I
said, it was a cheap enough experiment I wouldn't have been distraught if it
ruined it.  I'll get pics when the robe is finished so you can see it.  :)

Sharon

--
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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