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Can I Soak an Embroidered Pillow Case in White Vinegar?

I am embroidering a pillow case for my friend Nancy, that has cancer. She can't tolerate fabric softener. I can't either with allergies. Anyway, can I soak the pillow case in white vinegar with the embroidery thread done? I don't want to hurt the work I have done.

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Sandy from Arbutus

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

I wouldn't chance it. Try soaking it in a solution of salt and cold water. This will not only set the dye in the embroidery thread, but salt is a natural softener. Rinse with cold water after.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

YES. Vinegar also helps set the dye. I learned this from a home ec sewing teacher. Before we did our sewing project, she had us wash our fabric in COLD water and put vinegar in the COLD rinse water. I've also used it to wash new bright colored clothes in to help set the dye.

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January 16, 20080 found this helpful

I agree that vinegar will be safe for your needlework. Just make sure it's white vinegar and not apple cider vinegar or some other colored kind...it would probably stain it.
Renee in TN

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January 16, 20080 found this helpful

Sorry, I can't help with the vinegar issue, but may God bless you for your nice gesture for your sick friend.

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January 17, 20080 found this helpful

By all means you can soak it with "white vinegar". It will make it soft and will not harm the material. Good luck, and praying for your friend! Best wishes!

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