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distressing denim

margot | Posted in The Archives on

Does anyone know a way to distress denim (jeans, jackets) in the washing machine? I am trying to fade and soften several items but washing and fabric softeners don’t seem to be doing the trick.


  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

    In the 1970's i remember adding bleach to the wash
    to soften and fade too new jeans - in the ancient
    days before pre-washed jean

    1. Maura | | #2

      *What about using a dye remover (like Rit)? Might be a little less harsh on the fabric but have the same effect as bleach.

      1. Jen_Donnelly | | #3

        *Somewhere here on Threads Online you may find instructions on a method that is used by costumers in Hollywood. It involves washing the garments with very hot water, bleach, and rock salt. I'm sorry I don't know exactly where to find this. Anyone?

        1. Rozalie_Sherwood | | #4

          *In Readers Reply P. 14 of Threads No. 82 is a method for aging denim. Sounds like it will work.

          1. rochelle | | #5

            *Back in the late 60's early 70's i use to take new jeans outside with a friend an each take an end an rub/drag back an forth over a huge rock.. thn come in an bleach an hottest water .....that worked pretty good

          2. Diane_Horn | | #6

            *Ritz Dyes actually has a product especially for fading denim. It should be available where you buy your dye.

          3. Paisley | | #7

            *I think I saw the answer to this on thathomesite.com or sewingworld.

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