Friday, August 23, 2013

Fix this?

{UPDATE: Same day, 2 hours later} Tested Anchor pearl cotton and purple fabric backing in hot water.  Discovered the solid purple fabric was bleeding, not the pearl.  Anchor is innocent!  Ironically, I had prewashed the purple backing because it was purchased in my prewashing days (it's a non-designer fabric from local big box store, not a Kona cotton), so it could have been so much worse!  The bleeding happened mainly at the quilting because that's where the quilt top has the most contact with the backing.  Aargh!

I should have addressed this earlier, but well, I've been procrastinating.... When I washed my Penny Sampler quilt, the Anchor pearl cotton backing fabric bled onto my white sashing.  Can you believe it!?!  So not fair.

bleeding ;(

It's visible even from a distance.  See the pink flush in the lower left hand corner by the chunky pearl cotton hand quilting?

bummer.

I'm sure it's coming from the pearl cotton, which is Anchor brand, color 339 - a medium gray.  It's bleeding pinky red.  I washed the quilt in the machine on cold and hung dry.  Nope, I did not use a color catcher...

from Anchor pearl cotton

Mostly it's just on the sashing, but in some places the bleeding traveled to near bye blocks.

I've never had pearl cotton bleed before.  It's definitely supposed to be colorfast.  I think this is probably a fluke, since Anchor is a good brand, but it's awful when it happens after all that work.  On the other hand, if this is the worst I have to worry about, then life is pretty good!

So, any tips on how to get it out?  I'm afraid it'll bleed more if I try to fix it.  I'll definitely use a color catcher in that load.  Spot treat with what?

p.s. for those who are wondering, I do not prewash fabrics anymore because I generally don't have any problems.  That's a decision I haven't regretted, but to each her own!

39 comments:

  1. I recently had this happen. I used Synthrapol and it worked really well. The backing of the quilt was red, and the bleeding was all over the front. I followed the directions on the bottom. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, I did use the hot water like it said. It took several washes in the tub, but it removed almost all of the bleeding. There were a couple of spots that remained, but they were really only visible to me. And just as a reality check, I washed it in the the machine one last time after the treatment, and it looked great.

    Good luck!

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    1. That was my first thought, too, Synthrapol! I bet that will take the bleeding away. Here's a link to the place where I've purchased it:

      http://www.dharmatrading.com/synthrapol.html

      It's not the same as RIT Color remover at all. It's still a gorgeous quilt and you hardly notice it if you hadn't pointed it out. :)

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  2. I tried using Rit Dye remover on a quilt I made where the red and green bled. It ended up fading the whole quilt. In retrospect, I wish I had left it all alone and just lived with the little bit of coffee that spilled on the quilt in the first place.

    Back story--the quilt is a birthday quilt. Whoever has a birthday wakes up with it on his or her bed. It was created as a wall hanging (though it is fairly large) and was never meant to be used for anything other than than. However, when one's dear children decide to make their mother breakfast in bed and then clamor up to snuggle, sometimes one's coffee gets jostled and spills. enough said?

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

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  3. I'm guessing you have a fabric that is bleeding, not the pearl cotton. The dye has just pooled around the pearl cotton where it was quilted. I'd suspect one of your pinks. If you have scraps/leftovers, you could test them. (start with the dark ones) I've used Synthapol too, with good results. Good luck--it's a lovely quilt and deserves to look its best. I hope you can get it fixed.

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  4. AHhhhhh! I'm so sad! You're right though, to focus on the positives in your life and try to remain calm. I don't have any tips but I will pray it comes out. :(

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  5. Yikes...so sorry to hear that! I would NOT use the Rit Dye Remover, I do think it would fade the whole quilt like others suggest, and I also tend to think it may be one of the fabrics, rather than the thread, how in the world would gray thread produce such pink/red bleeding???? Maybe try one of those "set in stain remover" products like Shout Advanced, I know it works really well on clothing.....

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  6. I wonder if OxiClean will work. It's always worked on the worst set in *food* stains we've had, but I've never tried it on something like this.

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  7. This may sound odd, but I dye fabrics for quilting and have used Synthrapol to help remove excess dye. But I have started using Dawn dish washing liquid (the blue stuff and have found that this works very well, and easier to find locally. I do this in the washing machine: fill the washing machine with warm water (I use hot but you might not want to do that) add about 3 table spoons Dawn and the quilt, don't let it agitate to much or you'll have bubbles everywhere. Leave it to soak for at least an hour (for my dyed fabrics its longer) and then rinse and add your favorite laundry detergent and wash as normal. Do not put it in the drier if you see and stains remaining as the heat will set it permanently.

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    1. I am so sorry you had this happen, Rachel, but I am glad to hear the solutions. Thanks, Kira, for this tip about Dawn.

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    2. I wouldn't put dawn in a washer, it messes up the motor.

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  8. I unfortunately have had this happen with a black thread after I long arm quilted a halloween quilt with predominately white fabric. I used good ol' All Oxy-Active stain lifter liquid detergent and took it out, even after I thought the dryer had "set" it. Its worth a try and wouldn't affect or damage the rest of your quilt. I had to wash it twice but it worked.

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  9. I usually have good success with Zout stain remover & Oxiclean

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  10. I'm thinking Donna might be right. It looks like a fabric did that and the color pooled around the stitches (maybe that pink solid), but to check you could soak some thread in a little water and place it on a scrap of white fabric for a few hours to see what happens. If it does bleed, contact Anchor. I'm sure they would want to be helpful since their thread is marketed as colorfast. Sometimes an errant dye-lot will have problems so it is worth checking.

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  11. I think it is one of the fabrics too and like the others have stated, Oxy will do the job.

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  12. In glad Anchor has been exonerated but poor Penny Sampler! I can't imagine how bad it would have been had the fabric NOT been pre washed!

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  13. Ugh, sorry - I've had this happen with the felt hair of a doll I made. A shout color catcher and another regular wash with cold water took care of it. Hope you can make it work!

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  14. I've rewashed quilts (that had bled previously) with just a color catcher and it got the excess dye out. And don't forget the power of the sun. Leave the precious in a safe place and let the sun bleach it for a day or so. Good luck! Please update again when it's fixed so we can all breathe easy with you. :)

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  15. Thanks for posting your trauma. I, too, have a quilt that has a backing that bled. It was intended for Project Linus and has been sitting in my laundry room while I pondered what to do. I'll keep following along but may try a color catcher and/or Dawn in the meantime. (My issue was that I used a color catcher, but the quilt was apparently still a bit damp and the red backing bled when it was folded.)

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  16. In New Zealand and Australia, we can get something called Dylon Colour Run Remover - I don't know if it's available where you live. Here's some info about it any way:


    http://www.dylon.com.au/fc-coloursafe.htm

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  17. I've read something about soaking in lemon juice and hanging in the sun...have you heard that before?

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  18. pouring hydrogen peroxide on it and dab it up. i would use color catchers with it from now on tho... at least for a few washes

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  19. Big Box store fabrics are notorious for fabrics that are not as good quality as fabrics produced for quilt stores only. I no longer buy fabric from any big box or chain store like Joann's. I learned the hard way. I have made quilts that contained one piece of Joann's fabric. The quilt was washed alot. The only fabric in the quilt that faded and literally wore out was the one fabric piece from Joann's.

    Just sayin'.

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  20. I had this happen with red fabric. I think I hit it with spray and wash and used a color catcher. Now I'm the only one who notices the little bit of residual bleeding.

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  21. I like the dawn idea, the color catcher idea, and the old adage of the sun. I can not recommend how to fix this quilt but I can say for the next quilt with that type of fabric, wash with your normal detergent in cold water with a cup of apple cider vinegar. A cold cycle and the vinegar will lock the colors. Ya may have to do this a couple of times before the color stops appearing faintly. I follow this method with my finished quilts with heavy dark colors and so far all has been good.

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  22. Even if it doesn't come out I think it is still a wonderful quilt. And it has a vintage feel somehow with the faded bleeding of pink. Beautiful!
    :)

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  23. I would not soak in Dawn without agitation. In my experience, if the fabric sits still. any excess color will float on over to another part of the quilt.
    Try Oxiclean. Dissolve the powder in a bit of water and put it in something like a clear container with a nizzle, like you often see for ketchup. Lay it on the grass or a clean drive way and squirt the oxyclean on the stains. As soon as they disappear use a garden hose to flush all the soap up and then rinse in the washing machine.
    But before this attempt--a couple of color catchers in the wash may do the trick. Oxyclean is a great product.
    Re embroidery floss-I have heard that Anchor RED runs. But not the red in DMC.
    I've heard bad news before about Joann's fabric. But now they are carrying some upscale designers--Denyse Schmidt for eg.--so I have assumer--I hope correctly--that this is no longer a problem.

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  24. Oh this is so heartbreaking! I hope you're able to get it out. :(

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  25. Hello, I do a lot of cross-stitching and other stitching. Sometimes perle and mouline cotton do this, especially red colors - do not worry - just wash it once again, add some stain-remover like Ariel or Vanish, color catcher hanky, and it will disappear. I am pretty sure. Very nice quilt. I love it. Greetings from Czech republic:-)

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  26. I have a friend who swears by greek yogurt, smothered on then scraped off and the sewing re washed. You could give it a try.

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  27. I've had this happen to me and I just chucked the quilt back in the washing machine with a handful of colour catchers and hey presto....it was as good as new!

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  28. I had a similar incident recently, where my navy blue dye from the front fabric bled around the stitching on the back. I was able to get it out in a second wash after applying Shout Advanced Gel (Heavy Duty). I let it sit for a few minutes and rubbed it in with a Q-Tip. I also used 6 color catchers in that second washing (I was desperate :D).

    I hope you are able to get the stain out!

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  29. Noooooooo! :( I have no laundry miracle ideas for you, just commiseration. (Glad to hear it wasn't the perle cotton. Thanks for the update!)

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  30. I usually throw one of those sheets in with my wash that prevents the color bleed on fabric. I think it is called a dye grabber...you can get them in JoAnn fabrics or in the grocery aisle.

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  31. So sad. Synthrapol and oxy clean might help. I love synthrapol and always try to keep a bottle for washing the first time.

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  32. My latest quilt had the black dye from the fabric run all over the white and I used two colour catchers :( I would have used more but I had run out!

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    1. Gosh, I didn't know that multiple catchers could be necessary!

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  33. I recently had bleeding on white fabric from an adjacent fabric. I tried everything and it wasn't coming out, so I said, what's the worst that could happen and took a Mr. Clean Magic eraser to it. It totally worked. Pure magic.

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  34. From my experience on trying to get colour out that bled I'll tell you: don't use things with bleach or so in it as the lovely orange disappeared, too, and is now light peachy... Argh. If you get nice tips I'd like to read about them, too. As obviously the places with bleeding are still there...

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