What's wrong with starch in moderation ? People's jeans cracking from starch must be excessive starching - anything in moderation works if you know how to MAKE IT WORK guys ..
<< 3rd eye vision .. K here we go
1. If jeans are raw and stiff - a hour cold water soak and then proceeding to wear them in cross legged position or legs held tight to chest like while sitting will set the creases fine if you do it 2-3 times with some denim - other work first trime round . I soak the entire raw jean , let them drip a few hours - usually more like 1 hour then wear them damp & sit & watch a few movies while they dry ( with legs locked tight ) I then do it two more times , but only misting water onto the upper thighs , cuffs and knee front + rear . Then they dry quicker and help make sure the creases are set at their high / low points ... 2. I then starch a few times over the course of the 1st month in areas tha twill get contrast - only lightly over the creases not soaking the jean . Just a quick pass over the hills and valleys like .. Just to lock the creases in hard . The starch wears free anyways over time of wear n tear allowing the indigo to shift ... 3. First 3 months of wear I do this misting a few times a month , then 4th month I SOAK them in semi cold water and wear them ONE MONTH like this doing a lot of activity like bike riding or treadmill n chit .. 4. end of 4th month I give them a QUICK ICE WATER SOAK with only agitation of the water moving my hand thru it to move the water over the heavily starched areas . I dont touch the denim itself .. I then wear them as long as possible with no wash no water and no more starch .. 5. After that 4 month soak ( 10 hours a day of activity wearing them approx. ) I then wear them until dry in " honeycomb forming position " one again knees locked tight .. Might be better to ride your bike to help them dry quicker and shift the indigo while they're moist though .. Just thought that up haven't did it yet .. one wash jeans
NEED Starch imho to get them into raw status somewhat .. one wash jeans dont hold creases at all in my experience , BUT I still follow the same routine as above ... I doubt everyone at all times keeps their jeans at the exact place on their waist/hips and jeans stretch so the creases won't be too great if they keep folding 1/2" off base .. Starching helps the jeans memorize where to fold kind of ... Doesn't hurt imho - but yeah contrast MAY not be as nice as not adding starch to them but as stated if you wear them to death the starch wears off anyways for the most part .. And that one soak 4mo doesn't hurt jeans dont lose indigo and stay raw pretty much ... It just lets loose the starch so indigo can flow free for your next 4 months of wear .. NOTE ** Starch aint such a great idea or good thing on jeans that fit hella tight on you .. Only somewhat loose fits benefit truly .. tight jeans gonna crease and contrast good anyways so long as you don sag off your booty some days and wear them high on your waist others ..