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I have 3 metres of a wool/ polyester (either 70/30 or 80/20 %) blend herringbone tweed coat/ suit fabric on which I am reluctant to attempt a pre shrink. I contacted the seller who told me I could machine wash the fabric at 30 degrees low temp, (along with the advice: no bleaching, no tumble drying, single dot iron). Should i trust this advice and go ahead with the 30 degree machine wash, and if so, is it necessary to use detergent?

I have read advice from another online source which recommends pre-shrinking 100% wool fabric by drying it (along with towels wetted with very hot water) inside a high heat dryer for 30-40 mins. I suspect this method would not suit the poly wool blend? Has anyone here attempted this?

To be honest, I feel tempted to skip the pre-shrink altogether, hoping i can have my finished jacket dry cleaned when needed. But then I’m guessing that even dry cleaning causes some shrinkage…

Anyway, I’d really appreciate some advice on this, so thanks in advance!


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    Jan 22, 2013, 12.01 PMby katexxxxxx

    Any time you wash or tumble a wool fabric, you felt it slightly (if not a lot!), so only do this if you want this finish on the final garment. And remember that this will happen more each time you wash the garment… If this is a suit and will be dry cleaned, don’t wash at all. Otherwise the best way to pre-shrink wool fabric is to press it all over with a hot steam iron and a pressing cloth.

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    Jan 22, 2013, 01.28 PMby veesta

    The iron method sounds like a good compromise, at least I can see what’s happening to it as I go along. What kind of heat setting would you recommend for the ironing? Should i justt stick to the single dot/ wool setting, or go higher with the pressing cloth? Thanks for the reply!!

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      Jan 23, 2013, 12.27 AMby katexxxxxx

      I use a high setting and the damp cloth to protect the fabric.

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    Jan 23, 2013, 11.14 AMby lingerie24hr

    Suitable lingerie for woolen clothes?www.24hr-lingerie.com.au/

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