A Nifty Method
I recently learned of Sandra Betzina’s linen pretreating method – said to minimize wrinkling and future shrinkage – and I decided to give it a try!
If you don’t already know, Sandra is an accomplished author, producer, speaker, and pattern designer. She’s well-known for her helpful Power Sewing DVDs, her HGTV show Sew Perfect, and her fun line of Today’s Fit Vogue patterns. In short – Sandra is something of a sewing genius!
When it comes to caring for linen, I typically recommend dry cleaning because it doesn’t always do well in the washer and dryer. But, after a few tests and comparisons, I found that linen pretreated using Sandra’s method did in fact wrinkle and shrink less.
Here is Sandra’s method:
- Iron your linen with a dry iron on the hottest setting.
- Wash hot with detergent.
- Dry on high heat until almost dry.
- Take it out and press with a dry, hot iron once more.
As you can see, the piece of linen I pretreated using Sandra’s method came out a lot less wrinkled and frayed than the piece that I washed and dried normally. It also softened nicely and took on an even crinkle that I think will look great all sewn up!
Though you could potentially wash and dry warm, I recommend washing cold and line-drying your linen garments after pre-treating them this way. I’ve found it helps with longevity as well as maintains the awesome effects of Sandra’s method.
Let me know how this method works for you!