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I am brand new to cross stitching. Would like to ask if it is necessary to soak the floss before starting my project. I did not soak my very first project but my second one that I am about to start states to soak the dark colors before starting. ( the first kit didn't state this). And, is DMC a better quality floss that does not need soaking? Pretty sure this kit's floss is not DMC. -- Sharon from Tampa, Florida
- Hi Sharon: If it states that you need to soak the dark colours before using, you can guarantee that they are not DMC floss strands. I always use DMC. You do not need to presoak any of the colours and I have never known them to run as I always wash my cross stitch projects after I have completed them. I hope this was helpful. -- Marilyn Morris from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada -- Apr 11
- Hi Sharon,I agree with Marilyn. If it says to soak, then it's not a very good quality floss. DMC is the only brand I use. I also use Woolite, or Ivory liquid soap to wash my completed projects. They are about the most gentle of soaps and not harsh on the material or floss, and rinse very well, don't ring it out, and lay flat on a towel to dry. Happy Stitching!!! -- Jan Lezon from Baltimore -- May 19
- I agree. DMC is the best brand. It is colorfast, so no need to soak. It is readily available just about everywhere (even here in Guatemala where I live). Always use DMC if possible. Also, if you purchase a kit and it says to soak the dark colors, it is best to replace ALL the thread that came with that kit with DMC. You might be spending a bit more, but when you invest many hours of your time into a project, spending a little more for quality thread is worth it. Also, many kits say that if your piece has become soiled to wash it in a mild detergent, but not Woolite. I was never sure why since Woolite is designed to hand wash silk items, and what could possibly be more delicate? Jan says she uses it. I just use whatever is available here in Guatemala. -- Juliana from Guatemala -- Apr 06
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