How to “Unshrink” a Shrunken Sweater!

January 2, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Happy New Year!!

So when I was in college for a fashion design degree, we had to purchase a book called More Fabric Savvy – A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric by Sandra Betzina. The book is AWESOME…it includes all types of fabric, whether to preshrink the fabric or not, what needles to use on which fabric, what foot works best on that fabric, and many many more GREAT tips!! It’s an excellent resource to have on hand if you are sewing a variety of fabrics!

One tip (among many) struck me as interesting; I’ve never needed to try it, but I thought it was worth sharing: “Want to “unshrink” a wool sweater? Gently boil the sweater in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and squeeze out excess. Dry flat. Despite the horrible smell while cooking, it works!” Excerpt from More Fabric Savvy – A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric by Sandra Betzina. I didn’t even know that this was possible! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!!

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