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Colorfast embroidery floss brands?
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 8:31 PM
Posted by Susan
I need to know if JP coats floss in the mixed color packages are colorfast. Don't want to embroider a pillow case and have the colors run when i wash it.
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    Reply from Pamn Ravenscroft
    Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:46 PM
    Hi Susan, Pamn here. I have no personal experience with JP Coates floss, but according to the ladies in my stitching guild, JP Coates is notorious for colors bleeding. If you already have the floss, try removing the labels off one skein of a dark or saturated color (like red) and rinse it in cold water. See if any color bleeds into the water. Lay the skein onto a white paper towel and see of any of the wetness from the skein is bleeding onto the paper towel. If is does bleed, try soaking the floss in cold water with some table salt and a splash of vinegar in it for an hour or so. Rinse, and try the paper towel test again. Salt and the vinegar (a spoonful of salt, a splash of vinegar) acts as a mordant and "sets" the dyes. If nothing helps, bite the bullet and go to DMC. I have NEVER EVER had DMC bleed on anything I've done. Live long and prosper, Pamn Go to top
    • Reply from NANCYE G
      Monday, September 23, 2013 9:02 AM
      I've mever had a problem with floss bleeding. When I first started stitching I did pre-wash some threads. If you are worried I would suggest pre-washing whatever you have if nothing else if it gives you peace of mind. Go to top