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How Insects Damage Clothes

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 17:45

Sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, mysterious small holes or loss of surface fibers appear on a fabric.
Normally this damage looks like small holes in the fabric. In some instances, however, mainly on soft fabrics with a nap, the fiber damage appears as irregular “trails” or veins across the surface. This damage can appear in just one area or could be in several areas of a garment at random.

How White Are Your Clothes?

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 18:15

Keeping your whites looking healthy is more of a challenge today than ever. Unlike the old days consumers cannot simply add a little bleach to the wash. Instead of making them whiter, adding bleach might actually turn them yellow. Or maybe your whites are actually light grey. No matter how often you wash them, the dingy-look won’t come out.

What can affect the whiteness of fabrics?

A Look Back: The History of Women’s Denim…#8 in denim series

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 18:30

The story of women wearing denim begins with the earliest pair of Levi’s®. First created in 1873 by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, these original blue jeans were made to handle rugged ranch life, and it wasn't long before the women of the West started wearing them.

Denim Measuring Tips… #7 in denim series

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 18:15

How to measure your denim:

Waist: Tilt to the side and find the bend of your natural waist. Keep your tape measure snug (try placing a finger between your skin and the tape) and measure around. This is your standard denim size.

Leg opening: Measure the circumference of your ankle. This determines the jean’s cut. Unless a denim fabric has stretch, the stated leg-opening measurement must be larger than your circumference measurement.

Care Tips for denim… #6 in denim series

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 14:45

Avoid the wash: It’s best to keep your denim away from the wash, but if you have to, only wash when it gets stained or begins to lose shape. Use cold water and turn each pair inside out. If it’s your first time washing them, try vinegar instead of detergent – the acid will help set the hue.

Double duty: When you go to shower, hang your jeans in the bathroom for a good steam clean. Or wear them while you take a bath.

Spot-check: If your denim is clean aside from an isolated stain, go ahead and spot-treat with stain remover and a damp cloth.

Denim Dyeing Techniques… #5 in denim series

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 17:00

Denim fabric dyeing has two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color and similar blue shades. Sulfur dyeing is used for more uncommon colors, like black, grey, red, purple, yellow, and green.

The Making of Denim…#4 in denim series

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 17:45

The denim fabric we’re familiar with today is actually made up of two woven cotton yarns: one white and one that’s colored (traditionally with synthetic indigo, thereby giving jeans that beloved blue hue).Once cut and sewn, the denim is washed to the desired base shade. Sometimes pumice stones, enzyme washes, bleaches, or other abrasives are added, but the most important element is time. After a bit of patience, the newly born jeans are pressed and tagged.

Damage to Distressed Washed Jeans…#3 in denim series

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 17:30

What Is The Problem?
Sometimes, denim fabrics, such as jean pants, shirts, skirts,dresses, jackets etc. show mysterious rips, fraying or holes in areas that have been faded in manufacturing to impart the
faded, aged and worn look. Chemical and/or mechanical over processing during the distressing process can cause local loss of tensile strength.
What Does It Look Like?
The damage appears only in the artificially discolored or faded places designed to impart the worn or vintage look to the garment. Because the fabric has already been chemically

Streaks in Denim...#2 in denim series

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:15

Sometimes, after proper cleaning as labeled, designer or regular denim jean fabric shows objectionable dye fading and “streaks.” This damage usually is seen in blue or black denim, but it could occur in other shades.
The fabric color is duller and there are areas that look like bleached out lines on edges, double thick seams, and creases and folds.

Holes in Jeans...#1 in denim series

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 14:00

Sometimes when denim jeans come out of dry-cleaning or washing, holes are noticed that may not have been seen before cleaning.
There can be only one hole or just a couple holes or many holes in the same area or random places. The holes could be circular or have irregular shapes. In some instances, a discoloration will be visible around the edges of the holes.


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