When the sheets arrived & came out of the bag they were incredibly soft & wonderful. However, I don't use anything without washing it first. I washed them in warm water with fabric softener & tumbled them on a low heat to dry. The sheets came out with much less "flannel" flocking, it was all gathered in my dryer's lint screen. They also didn't feel as soft as they did right out of the package! I'm using them & I'll keep them, but I was really hoping they would be a better quality. They have pilled some since I washed them - they're due for a 2nd washing - hopefully it will turn out better. I won't buy these again.