I've heard if you pink the raw edges that they won't do that. I don't have any pinking shears so I can't vouch for that. I just untangle and cut loose threads as I iron...
You're right, but you still lose the part that's pinked. Same difference, just fuzz instead of string.If you get fabric from a quilt shop (which I almost exclusively do), it's not likely that it will bleed because of the quality. The exception is Batiks. They always bleed, so I always pre-wash them, but I do it by hand usually.
I heard if you clip a corner it won't fray - I haven't tried it though. I don't prewash either!
I don't prewash either...not because of the strings although they are annoying, but because I like the sizing or texture of the unwashed fabric. I also like the crinkle in an assembled quilt that is washed for the first time!
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