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Old 10-10-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
When you apply heat or steam to acrylic items, it 'kills' them, partially melting the plastic fibers and that indeed is permanent. What this article shows is nothing different than how you'd block wool fibers and while they may look good right after take the pins out, I don't think it's going to be permanent at all - it will have to be done again after you wash it. Washing and drying creates enough steam that it'll keep it's shape and size and relax the stitches which is all you need to do to acrylic. Anything more than that is for people with too much time on their hands...
Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Interesting. Here's another site I have bookmarked. She says it's permanent, too. Also she uses a steamer. I have a small one that I don't like so I plan to get a good one like this eventually.

I don't understand the permanence either, but maybe if its washed and dried flat vs the dryer it makes a difference? I've gotta test this by knitting a couple squares and testing them. Please let us know if you try it.

Sue... I usually just wash and dry acrylic, but that is still not always effective for some things. I don't feel that those who take the time for it are people with too much time on their hands. May e just perfectionists.
Too much time...just perfectionists....I love both of your responses.

I looked farther down that page and found thiis:
Luckily I've been so lazy that I haven't put my blocks together yet, so I went ahead and threw one of each of them into the washer/dryer to check. The blocks retained their shape just fine for me; no more blocking was needed for my purposes. This is just my experience though. Thanks for asking!
I'm trying to think of something I have that I can try blocking a square on. I'm not going to buy anything for it just now. If I figure out something to use, I'll let you know how it works for me.

I've used a little steam on acrylic items but never to the point they were totally killed and it will help even things out some, but I've never blocked anything...all I've used is acrylic...and I mostly wanted to see how horribly uneven things really were before I finished what I was making. My steamer I use for cleaning windows, window tracks (ew! but they get nasty!) and other things. I have used it for steaming wrinkles out of curtains that weren't coming down and other fabrics that weren't coming off of whatever they were on.
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