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12 years 2 months ago #29897 by Cinsara
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I bought a pair of jeans the other day and they are cardboard stiff which I thought was starch and would wash out, but I have run them through 2 cycles drying them inbetween and have used a ton of fabric softener on them but they can still stand up on their own. Does anyone have any tips to soften them maybe handed down from the "olden days" when I'm assuming all denim was like this for hard wearing farm clothing. The washing instructions say "wear often" :confused: I've never seen that before.

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12 years 2 months ago #404263 by max2
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I dunno Cinsara about the washing bit, but I find the size 12's eventually stretch to my size :D :D by the end of the week and become quite comfy... just don't wash em would be my advice.... :D :D :D :D :D [;)]

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12 years 2 months ago #404267 by Cinsara
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Having given up smoking 7 months ago and stacking on 15 kilos I can only dream of a size 12 now :(

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12 years 2 months ago #404270 by 3scoremiles10
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All I can think of is rinse with vinegar (makes a great and eco friendly fabric softener) or hang on the line for a few days to weather.

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12 years 2 months ago #404280 by mikethebike
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wear them for a couple of weeks without washing them then give them a good hot wash, wish i could get decent jeans nowadays I tend to buy wrangler stretch but they dont last five minutes! But they do fit real good!

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12 years 2 months ago #404308 by Organix
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mikethebike;399950 wrote: wear them for a couple of weeks without washing them then give them a good hot wash, wish i could get decent jeans nowadays I tend to buy wrangler stretch but they dont last five minutes! But they do fit real good!

Check out rodeo wear stockists on eBay for decent quality jeans. I get Wrangler direct from the US that way for a lot less than in NZ and far better quality. A pair of jeans fits in a USPS mailer so postage is reasonable :D

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12 years 2 months ago #404317 by bevhawkins
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Saddlery warehouse are now stocking wrangler.

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12 years 2 months ago #404324 by Andrea1
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Try add some washing soda to the rinse cycle - I used to do that when I lived in the US and lived in jeans (Wrangler or Levis). Works a treat, though may have to be repeated if you air-dry them, as they have a tendency to go stiff again.

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12 years 2 months ago #404327 by Ruth
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Cinsara;399936 wrote: Having given up smoking 7 months ago and stacking on 15 kilos I can only dream of a size 12 now :(

It's not necessarily a one-way trip! I gave up 15 years ago, stacked on 18kg, lost it five or so years later, edged up for a few years, but have spent the last six or so in my size 12 jeans! (I was never a steady weight person and fitting into one pair of jeans for that long is a novelty still!) You can always tell those who go out in public little: restricted wardrobes! :D

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12 years 2 months ago #404355 by Cinsara
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Ruth;399999 wrote: those who go out in public little: restricted wardrobes! :D


I hear you Ruth, I am not going to the work Xmas function at a fancy restaurant because I can't fit anything!!!! Well that and it's a long drive home afterwards. I am (was) a natural bean pole consequently my knees and feet are suffering something shocking wih the extra load they have to carry round, so there's no way I could last 5 minutes in my high heels even if I could fit anything. :o

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12 years 2 months ago #404368 by max2
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Cinsara;400038 wrote: I hear you Ruth, I am not going to the work Xmas function at a fancy restaurant because I can't fit anything!!!! Well that and it's a long drive home afterwards. I am (was) a natural bean pole consequently my knees and feet are suffering something shocking wih the extra load they have to carry round, so there's no way I could last 5 minutes in my high heels even if I could fit anything. :o


Annah S has a new outlet shop in the main road of P and I bought my christmas work function outfit there two weeks ago very reasonably priced... all marked down by lots. :) (after looking at every shop in Sylvia Park, curse the one that has lovely evening outfits but only if you are size 10 or under with twig legs[}:)][}:)][}:)][}:)])

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12 years 2 months ago #404373 by jeannielea
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Grandma's recipe for softening new material was a handful of salt in the water. Maybe more if the jeans have not softened after using the other products as you have.

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12 years 2 months ago #404463 by Cinsara
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Thanks for the ideas people, I will try them :) I think it is the material as opposed to a topical product so maybe I do need to wear and wear and wear them. Oh joy, walking around in what I liken to a brand new 24oz canvas horse cover sounds very comfy!

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12 years 2 months ago #404465 by Cinsara
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swaggie;400052 wrote: Annah S has a new outlet shop in the main road of P

I must be due for my bi-annual walk down the main street soon so I will try to remember to look [;)]

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12 years 2 months ago #404723 by DiDi
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Ladies - no helping here with the stiff jeans BUT - I have found the best jeans in the world. They are at Farmers in Manukau and are branded 'gordon smith'. Just trust me - if you want jeans that allow for your tummy etc they are worth investing in I promise. Around $100 but sooooo comfortable. Needless to say, they were out of 12 (probably too tight) so I had to get 14 (slightly big) but that is the story of my life. Now if only they made 13, I'd be a happy camper.

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