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Dye (and washing machines)



Did I mention I love dyeing stuff? We dyed out white duvet cover set purple yesterday, and last week I dyed a few things ocean blue, including this bag. It had been washed a few times and had gone all faded, but now its pretty again. I was expecting the straps to dye as well, but they must be synthetic (although it *really* feels like cotton) so stayed their original colour. Which I actually quite like.

Incidentally, does anyone out there know of any good dye for synthetic fabric? The fabric shop I get my dye from (Dylon is what I usually get) has started stocking Rit dye, which supposedly does all fabrics except 100% polyester. Although there are a worrying number of disclaimers about the colour not coming out the same if used with fabric blends. In any case, I can’t use it, because the instructions start with ‘Fill machine with enough hot water for fabric to move freely’ which makes no sense and I can only assume refers to the washing machines that are loaded from the top. Which I understand are common in the US, but literally do not exist in the UK. The first time I ever saw one was in Belize and I haven’t seen one since. How do they work? Do you have to always put the water in yourself? I just can’t see the advantage (except that you can use this dye of course)and you can’t store anything on top of the machine. It must have something to do with the US being a country with a lot of space, that you don’t need to store anything on top. Maybe.

Anyway, washing machine based rant over.

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  • elena-lu 30 March 2009, 11:57 pm

    perfect job there but no i have no helpful advice! 🙁

  • Lorena Cupcake 31 March 2009, 7:14 pm

    I’ve always been just as confused by front-load washing machines; do they lock during the wash cycle? If you opened the door during the cycle, would water pour out all over the floor?

  • Oranges And Apples 1 April 2009, 7:19 am

    Hehe, yeah of course they lock while its going! I think it would probably be technically possible to turn the power off completely mid-cycle so that the locking mechanism would go and open the door and water would pour out, but why would you want to do that?