Posted on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 19:38 I like to wash mine before I I like to wash mine before I hem them, because if you hem them first sometimes the hem shrinks less and the hem is wider than the body of the cloth. Not my preferred look :( . You must stabilized the cut edge before you put it in the washing machine or it will unravel. I have serged the edges, or machine stitched twice or tie the warps in knots near the web so that it can't come undone-- you can then cut off the knots when it's out of the washer. Good luck!