Originally Posted by Jbreen1
Yea I saw they were going to do that. Everyone on sufu is telling me I need to soak them but I dunno.
Originally Posted by Doctor
Why are they saying that? Only interested because I didn't...
some sanforized denim shrinks as much as an unsanforized ones. however, in my experience, sanforized ones tend stretch back out to raw measurements [ if it needs to
]__ eg, Skull 5010 6x6, SDA 203, Chimala, etc.
most untimely cases of stitch blow outs and fabric rips [ specially mini cracks along creases ] are attributed to not washing. raw denim is tough and brittle due to heavy starching [ w/c is necessary in weaving process ]__ not a good combination to force onto the contour of your body__ having tensile strenght of 100% cotton thread to hold you in does not help either__ not to mention mad size downs and putrefaction.
some say water is the enemy, but in reality it's your denim's friend. other than draining away excess/residual starch to make them pliable, it tempers
the fabric like a curing agent. it enables the yarn to open up and tighten the weave hence, making the denim stronger__ greatly improves thread elasticity, as well.
if you're in a bind and they're thight as it is w/o a soak, do a partial soak. do a quick cold soak+hang dry below the crotch [ x2 if you got time and patience ]. then, do the the top block, but this time you need to wear them to dry to prevent them from further shrinkage. sometimes, i even douse the crotch with water cuz that area is prone to blow outs__ plus, it cools my radiator specially in the summertime.
things you do when you're young and got tooo much time on your hand... but, that was then