Denim Care Thread (for denim FAQ)

September 18, 2011 @ 21:15:46 PM
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anyone know a good tailor in the Sacramento area who can taper a pair of APC New Standards?
September 22, 2011 @ 12:58:23 PM
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October 24, 2011 @ 05:04:25 AM
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Thinking of altering my pair of Imperial dukes which have a month of wear with some fading.. If i altered my pair from 31 measurements to 29 measurements, would the combs and whiskers look weird in the end?
October 28, 2011 @ 10:00:26 AM
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<p>Thinking of altering my pair of Imperial dukes which have a month of wear with some fading.. If i altered my pair from 31 measurements to 29 measurements, would the combs and whiskers look weird in the end?</p>


Are you hemming 2" off of the inseam? Or are you altering everything on the jeans?
November 03, 2011 @ 19:48:27 PM
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Altering everything... I can probably fit a 30 now (used to be a 32)
November 07, 2011 @ 07:15:59 AM
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Altering everything... I can probably fit a 30 now (used to be a 32)


Depending on how much they have faded already, it might not be an issue. If they have faded a lot already, the fades might look out of place after the alterations.
November 24, 2011 @ 03:06:42 AM
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i have a pair of 32x30 501xx stf and right now the length is fine. i'm around 5'7 and i haven't shrunk it yet.. when i soak them do you guys think it'll get too short? my first pair of denim btw.
November 24, 2011 @ 06:24:53 AM
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yea they will probably be too short. I normally wear 30 length and in my STF's I bought a 32 and they shrunk about 2 inches. They're still fine where they stack a tad bit.

I heard if you hang dry them upside down it will help keep the length..not too sure if that's true or not. STF's are cheap pants so just soak em in COLD water to keep the shrinking to a min. If they shrink too much just buy another pair
November 24, 2011 @ 08:20:54 AM
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yea they will probably be too short. I normally wear 30 length and in my STF's I bought a 32 and they shrunk about 2 inches. They're still fine where they stack a tad bit.

I heard if you hang dry them upside down it will help keep the length..not too sure if that's true or not. STF's are cheap pants so just soak em in COLD water to keep the shrinking to a min. If they shrink too much just buy another pair


alright thanks! i'll give em a try.
January 15, 2012 @ 09:44:21 AM
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I got a pair of NS and I'm trying to stretch them out alil before I wear'em. They are alil tight in the front rise area and waist. Everything else (length, leg opening, inseam) is great tho so I don't want to size up. So any suggestions?
January 18, 2012 @ 22:37:43 PM
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I got a pair of NS and I'm trying to stretch them out alil before I wear'em. They are alil tight in the front rise area and waist. Everything else (length, leg opening, inseam) is great tho so I don't want to size up. So any suggestions?


I would just start wearing them, they'll stretch out with wear.
January 24, 2012 @ 03:10:20 AM
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a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??
January 24, 2012 @ 03:31:56 AM
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a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??


Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.

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January 24, 2012 @ 03:56:53 AM
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i'm not sure if this was already asked, and i know it's a rookie question
but what's the difference between hot and cold soaking raw denim?
January 24, 2012 @ 04:13:22 AM
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Cold soaking results in minimal shrinking, hot soaking results in more/maximum soaking depending how long you soak them for.
January 24, 2012 @ 04:14:25 AM
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Cold soaking results in minimal shrinking, hot soaking results in more/maximum soaking depending how long you soak them for.

does the temperature affect the color and fading at all?
January 24, 2012 @ 05:09:37 AM
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Temperature affects the amount of shrinkage and generally not so much on color/fading. Only scrubbing your jeans with soap or putting it in your washer will cause agitation, affecting the color and indigo loss.
January 24, 2012 @ 17:22:28 PM
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alright thanks a lot!
January 24, 2012 @ 20:03:18 PM
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I want to get rid of my knee bugles, any tips?
January 25, 2012 @ 00:26:54 AM
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Can't get rid of them.
January 25, 2012 @ 02:40:30 AM
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a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??


Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.


true. but even sanforized denim shrink at least a little bit. oh well, thanks
January 25, 2012 @ 06:03:53 AM
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Has anyone cleaned there denim with Laundress denim wash ? Curious if i should spend the 19.00 for 3 oz , or just stick to woolite
January 25, 2012 @ 06:16:22 AM
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Nope... I don't even put woolite. Just straight laundry detergent. I mean why would you want to put woolite in the first place though.. the whole point in washing is to not retain the indigo, it is to agitate the denim so you can develop some fades.
January 26, 2012 @ 01:17:19 AM
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I want to get rid of my knee bugles, any tips?

Wash to make denim softer, softer denim = less bulge
January 26, 2012 @ 07:31:40 AM
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Nope... I don't even put woolite. Just straight laundry detergent. I mean why would you want to put woolite in the first place though.. the whole point in washing is to not retain the indigo, it is to agitate the denim so you can develop some fades.


Woolite dark is laundry detergent !

Thanks for the info anyway .
January 26, 2012 @ 07:43:16 AM
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No I meant something like woolite dark.
January 27, 2012 @ 00:22:21 AM
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what is an alternative way to get rid of the smell besides: washing, freezing, and febreeze?
January 27, 2012 @ 20:25:16 PM
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a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??


Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.


true. but even sanforized denim shrink at least a little bit. oh well, thanks


IME, sanforized denim doesn't shrink noticeably unless you put it in the dryer after a wash. Even then, it stretches back out fast. For all intents and purposes, I would not count on shrinkage in sanforized denim, except for a little bit in length.

what is an alternative way to get rid of the smell besides: washing, freezing, and febreeze?


Some people have said that hanging up your jeans in sunlight can help. Never tried it myself yet, though.
January 27, 2012 @ 22:31:49 PM
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Sunlight does help, I hang dry my clothes in the sun and it has a very natural outdoorsy smell to it.
February 12, 2012 @ 03:23:10 AM
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I've been wearing my NF Broken Twills for about 4ish months almost everyday. These jeans are my first pair of slevedge denim. I would like to get them to shrink a little bit. How would I do this? What do soaks do? How do you do a proper soak?
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