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Old 10-23-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this question, I wasn't sure which forum to use.

I purchased some nice 100% cotton flannel shirts from Sears.

After I washed them in cold water and hung them up to dry, they shrunk a little bit.

I thought that was just the nature of the shirts. But after 4 washes they keep shrinking. I mean the sleeves are so bad now they end a full 2.5" from my wrists.

I've tried stretching them while still cold and wet, but doesn't seem help much. I tried using google to find an answer, but it's mostly just people saying don't use a dryer, which I'm not, I hang them up right away.

Any thoughts on how to either fix the shirts or stop it from happening?


thanks!
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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I haven't tried this myself, but it's worth a shot.

How to "Unshrink" Your Clothes! - One Good Thing by Jillee
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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If you bought them recently, you should just try to return them, because they're going to shrink every time you wash them. Sears used to be pretty good about returns...I haven't bought clothes there in years so I don't know if they're still that good about returns or not.

If you can't return them or you absolutely love them and are willing to go to a lot of trouble every time you wash them, you can block them as described in the link above (stretch them out and pin them to a towel so they dry stretched out, this works much better for sweaters and knit fabrics than it does for something like flannel which is not stretchy). You could also iron them with some spray starch or sizing and stretch the fabric as you iron it. As soon as they get wet again, they will shrink again, and ironing, especially with starch, will flatten the nap of the flannel and keep it from looking its best.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:21 PM
 
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Wow thanks for the fast reply. I will try that out!
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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If you bought them recently, you should just try to return them, because they're going to shrink every time you wash them. Sears used to be pretty good about returns...I haven't bought clothes there in years so I don't know if they're still that good about returns or not.

If you can't return them or you absolutely love them and are willing to go to a lot of trouble every time you wash them, you can block them as described in the link above (stretch them out and pin them to a towel so they dry stretched out, this works much better for sweaters and knit fabrics than it does for something like flannel which is not stretchy). You could also iron them with some spray starch or sizing and stretch the fabric as you iron it. As soon as they get wet again, they will shrink again, and ironing, especially with starch, will flatten the nap of the flannel and keep it from looking its best.
I agree. Return them. If enough people return clothes that shrink, the place will make sure to give people preshrunk clothes. There is no excuse in that sort of shrinkage.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I haven't tried this myself, but it's worth a shot.

How to "Unshrink" Your Clothes! - One Good Thing by Jillee
I enjoyed reading this! I am imagining the OP doing this with several flannel shirts though. What a pain.

I will remember this when something I truly like shrinks.

I do think the dryer is often the culprit.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:24 AM
 
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If you bought them recently, you should just try to return them, because they're going to shrink every time you wash them. Sears used to be pretty good about returns...I haven't bought clothes there in years so I don't know if they're still that good about returns or not.

If you can't return them or you absolutely love them and are willing to go to a lot of trouble every time you wash them, you can block them as described in the link above (stretch them out and pin them to a towel so they dry stretched out, this works much better for sweaters and knit fabrics than it does for something like flannel which is not stretchy). You could also iron them with some spray starch or sizing and stretch the fabric as you iron it. As soon as they get wet again, they will shrink again, and ironing, especially with starch, will flatten the nap of the flannel and keep it from looking its best.


ummmm.......what's an iron? I think I remember my Grandmother had one of those thingies......sounds cool
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:49 AM
 
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Sears won't take them back - no receipt and it's been too long anyway (a couple of months).

No, I didn't use the dryer, I just hung them up and air dried them.

I think I might need to just buy new shirts and after each wash, stretch them out. I think the shirts I have are too far gone.
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: in here, out there
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ummmm.......what's an iron? I think I remember my Grandmother had one of those thingies......sounds cool
People still use irons. What else are you going to do with your linen napkins?
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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You can buy tried and true, quality flannel shirts from LL Bean that will come out of the drier the same size as they went in. The men in my family have worn them for years.
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