I know there are still MANY of us who prewash all our fabrics - for various and sundry reasons. For me, the main reason is an allergy to at least one of the chemicals used to process fabrics, as well as getting excess dye out of the fabric.
Those of you who are prewashers - I'm sure you hate the stringy mess and twisted together fabrics that come out of the washer as much as I do. I was hoping having a front loader would solve that problem - it didn't. Supposedly cutting off the corners works - it doesn't.
So, I'm trying a little experiment. I always pinked the seams of most of the garments I made when I sewed clothing to prevent seams from ravelling. (For you younger folks, we used "pinking shears", which cut a sawtooth edge instead of a straight edge, were very expensive and almost impossible to sharpen.) So I stopped by JoAnn's after my morning Starbucks and bought a "pinking blade" for my rotary cutter. I used it to cut my 11 yards of "Baltimore Autumn" background fabric into manageable pieces before washing.
Here are the results. Next to no strings. No tangles. No knots. Of course, this was just three large pieces of fabric.
Now I'm pinking the edges of a bunch of fat quarters. With raw edges on both the crosswise and lengthwise grain, they will be the true test. I have my fingers crossed.