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post #16 of 23
Would using a fabric steamer make any difference? Seems like a steamer would slightly dampen the area and the dryer heat might return it to original size without a thorough wetting of the fabric.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by ron
Would using a fabric steamer make any difference? Seems like a steamer would slightly dampen the area and the dryer heat might return it to original size without a thorough wetting of the fabric.
Not a bad idea... might get some of the you-stank out of them as well. (You in general, not you ron )

Welcome to the forum BTW.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by j
I was thinking of sewing the fabric only along the inseam and outseam. Though you're right, you could get a ridge if the fabric were heavy enough to print through.

Oh my dear god I hope this doesn't become the next big fad, imprinting playboy bunnies and dolla billz into your dry denim... imagine walking around for 6 months with $2000 worth of bling stuffed into your crotch just to get a sweet diamond-encrusted dollar sign fade... I wish I had enough faith in humanity to believe that this won't happen, but I just don't...
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by ron
Would using a fabric steamer make any difference? Seems like a steamer would slightly dampen the area and the dryer heat might return it to original size without a thorough wetting of the fabric.

How hot is a fabric steamer? A hairdryer might work also, I'm not sure which one gets hotter
post #20 of 23
The idea with the steamer is that it creates a little bit of moisture which alloww the denim to rejuvinate and shrink down a little. It would be the same effect as leaving them in a steamy room. I used to hang my 5EPs in the bathroom when I took a shower in the morning so that they would shrink back down a little bit from the steam.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by PunctualAlex
How hot is a fabric steamer? A hairdryer might work also, I'm not sure which one gets hotter

It depends on the type of steamer - I have a travel steamer that emits steam similar to the steam from boiling a pan of water on the stove. I have a professional steamer that steams as hot as a steam iron and it does a great job of removing odors and wrinkles from wool clothing. Never tried it on jeans though.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by j
Not a bad idea... might get some of the you-stank out of them as well. (You in general, not you ron )

Welcome to the forum BTW.

Thanks j. Although I must admit it has cost me a few hundred bucks since I found this forum a couple of weeks ago - just ordered some jeans from Denim Bar the other day (hard for me to pass up a good sale).
post #23 of 23
I had this exact same problem with my dry jeans when i did a cold soak and then sat at my desk until they dried; the knees were stretched out quite a bit and then dried to a point where they were annoying the crap out of me about 1 week later.

So what I did was just get a spray bottle, filled it with water, and sprayed both knees until they were damp (misting level). I let them dry overnight and well, in the morning they actually shrank back down to an acceptable level and i love them to death nothing really magical to it, but it seemed to work!
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