Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I serged them apart with great difficulty, since both of my sergers were acting up. One kept breaking the outer needle thread, and the other wanted to keep sewing even with my foot off the pedal. I had to get fast with the on/off switch! Guess a trip to Traverse City will be on the books soon.
The water was a bit dirty so I drained it and ran the spin cycle (no water spraying on the cloth). It wasn't fulled enough, so the above steps were repeated with slightly cooler water and Era laundry soap this time.
I agitated it again on the regular cycle for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, drained, spun out the water, rinsed with slightly cooler water, spun again, straightened each piece and hung them to dry.
The light orange fabric is also showing both sides. I will probably use the upper one, since it looks less like a stripe than the bottom one.
The orange, burgundy, and the one to the side, woven in black, have a bit harder finish, but aren't bad.
None have been pressed yet, and that will also change how they feel. I'm not real sure about the pressing of the mohair and angora. I will probably ask some advice of more experienced weavers before adding the iron-on interfacing to the backs of the fabrics.