Should you wash your fabric before sewing?

Ordering fabric online can be like waiting for Christmas Eve. You know that there'll be a special present just for you. You even know what sewing pattern to use with it and you have made sure to have matching threads on hand. Then, when Santa Clause the mailman finally comes, you rip open the parcel and do a little dance of joy. You start to take out everything you need for your new project: the pattern, scissors, thread... but oh no! It dawns on you that the fabric hasn't been washed!

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