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Unshrinking a Wool Sweater, it works!
Last Xmas I bought myself a very fitting wool sweater (80% lamb's wool). Guess what happened a few months back... you guessed it I washed it in a warm wash. It wasn't so fitting anymore. So I resigned it to the clothes rack and there it stayed until I learned yesterday that you can unshrink a wool item. I scarcely believed it so I thought it was worth a try. It worked! Here's what you do:
1/ Fill a bath with warm water (not boiling hot!)
2/ Add shampoo to the water (about 2 hair washes worth) and mix it in
3/ Soak the wool item in the warm water for 30 minutes
4/ Take the wool item from the water and wring it dry as much as you can
5/ Lay out some newspaper on the floor and then placed the wool item onto it.
6/ Stretch it back to its original shape (you'll have to use your judgement for this, alternatively you could put it on and stretch it while on you but remember it is wet by now :))
7/ While it drys you may just give it a few tugs here and there at 1 hour intervals to make sure it is retaining its new unshrunken shape
8/ When it is dry, cross your fingers and try it on
I'm cannot guarantee that it will work for you but if an item is no longer wearable you have nothing left to lose by trying. Glad to have my wonderful wool sweater back!
Last edited: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:08 pm
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Being in Texas, we don't wear wool sweaters that much.
Well done Frank. I've used that method myself and it really does work.
Blotting paper, great idea Eils. Definitely better than newspaper.
Great news there, since I shrunk 2 wool sweater by, um, we'll call it an accident. Now I can have them back! Thanks for the info, living in the Arctic, we use lots of wool sweaters.
Is there a way to unshring linen?
Hi LadyBiker, I'm afraid I have no idea about linen but I do suggest you put your question to the community in the forums, they may know a thing or two about it :)
WHile I am doing my catch up I stumbled across this blog entry.
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