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Bob G
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Hi folks,


Does anyone know whether someone has made "silks" that are machine-washable and needn't be ironed? I realize that there would be a compromise involved: Probably no other fabric would have the soft texture and nice draping of real silks, but I'm much more likely to try out some silk magic if I can work with a pretend silk that is pretty close to behaving like the real thing and is easy to care for.


Thanks,

Bob
Bill Hegbli
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I have to assume you did not read any of the posts in this section of the Café about caring for silks, and how they react.

Silks do not need to be cleaned, unless you have the dirtiest hands in the and don't practice proper hygiene.

A silk only wrinkle the 1st dozen times you compress it. Then it becomes wrinkle free. In other words, just practicing with a silk, removes the wrinkles. I have never washed any of my silks.

If you put a silk in the washing machine, you run the risk of removing the color, and causing the dye to run. In addition, it can get caught in the agitator
and get torn and damaged.

Find out for yourself. Buy a 9 inch silk and TT, and practice the trick, look at the silk after ever performance. Note, the wrinkles become less and less, and disappear each time you stuff the silk in your fist.

Get rid of your fears, knowledge is power, read the important posts on the Café by those in the know.
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Back on Jan 30, 2003, Ruth Rice Crone (Harold Rice's daughter) posted this comment in reply to a question in this forum about caring for silks:
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Good silks are 100% silk, which is a natural, not synthetic material, and should be treated as such. Even "color fast" silks should be DRY CLEANED! Don't take chances, particularly with expensive silks, and never chance a silk with a pattern. They frequently "bleed," spoiling the pattern. Solid colored silks can be washed, but only separately from each other. Use luke-warm water and change the water before adding a new color. Rinse under cold running water. This sets the colors. Do not wring the silks! Squeeze them gently between your hands. Even though I told you about how to wash solid color silks (most of this advice comes from my Dad's [Harold Rice] notes), he and I would still suggest you dry clean all your silks if they are worth anything to you.
Hope this helps.
Ruth
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----- Sonny Narvaez
Bob G
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Thanks, folks.
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I have a lot of irregular solid color silks for a very low price to be used as "practice silks".
They are the same SKS silks, but have a coloring or weave irregularity. Email me about your
size and number desired.
Bob G
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I will, Ruth.
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