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Softening a stiff denim jacket?

KharminJ | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Greetings, my friends! I have a dilemma – I just went “shopping” in my DH’s closet and found an antique jeans jacket of his – that FITS ME!!! I’m wearing it today, but it really, really, really needs to be softened up considerably to be genuinely comfortable. I’m pretty sure it’s not got any “finish” left in it, being about 35 years old, but I’d like to beat it into submission, some more. How do you all suggest I do that, without beating up my washing machine in the process? (Washing it with rocks comes to mind, but is rather impractical! :0)All suggestions will be entertained, gratefully!Bright Blessings and Happy Autumn!Kharmin


  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    I woud wash it with several heavy towels. And if you have those dryer balls, I would throw those in too.

  2. joyfulneedles | | #2

    I have heard that throwing a pair of tennis shoes in with jeans will help but  haven't tried it my self.  Just a thought.  Good luck.

  3. BMicheleD | | #3

    I bought some heavy, stiff ticking fabric that I wanted to soften.  Washed in the washing machine with warm water and about a cup of Purex liquid fabric softener. It did the trick, and came out perfectly. Might work with denim, as well.

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    Several washes with regular jeans, and the dryer balls should do the trick. The older denim like you have in that jacket is much closer denser fabric that you cannot find anywhere these days!!! Lucky you, enjoy your treasure. Cathy

  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    Try the "heavy duty" cycle on your washing machine with some old tennis shoes and towels. Just make sure the shoes don't have dyes or colors that might bleed. Let us know what works!

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