To prewash or not to prewash… that is the question if you are making and selling shirts or other apparel in your Silhouette or Cricut small business. (I hear this is disputed in the world of sewing as well!) I say no prewashing of apparel before embellishing it. Here’s why:
4 Reasons to Not Pre Wash
- Washed is not the same as new. Shirts that have been washed feel different than shirts that haven’t been washed. Customers expect a brand new item when purchasing. Similarly, pre washing can lead to shrinking!
- Manufacturers don’t recommend it. I’ve never seen manufacturer instructions that recommend prewashing a shirt (or other apparel) before pressing it. Prepressing with your heat press to remove moisture and wrinkles is suggested – but not pre washing. (If you’ve seen this from a manufacturer, feel free to share with me. But, I’m talking about manufacturers of heat transfer materials, not bloggers or retailers.)
- Allergies and sensitivities. Many people are allergic or sensitive to dyes and fragrances. To prevent having issues, skip prewashing.
- It’s time consuming. I don’t know about you, but I have enough laundry to do with 4 kids, a husband, and a dog. The last thing I need is more laundry!
Tell me in the comments: Do you pre wash apparel before embellishing?
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