Why isn't cotton fabric pre-shrunk?
Is this just a habit that the manufacturers are happy to continue (I'm sure preshrinking is a bit more expensive) or is there a better reason? I do note that fabrics with metallic designs don't shrink, also their cost is similar to what I pay for non-metallic material... which sort of knocks out the manufacturers cost-saving excuse.
I've bought material that had very little shrinkage, but that was definitely the exception to the rule. Recently got a stack (10"x10" pieces) of very good quality, big-name manufacturer and, after hot/cold preshrinking, 2 (yep, two) of 40+ pieces shrank less than 1/4". Several pieces shrank over an inch and most shrank about 1/2". I haven't figured out a way to tell which fabric is going to shrink the most/least before purchase and actual washing, but if I could, I promise that I would *never* again buy shrinking material.