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bhicks51388
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Joined: 05 Nov 2018
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Location: Jackson ms
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Shrink gi Reply with quote

Hello any tips on shrinking a dogi to fit without shrinking it too much 100% cotton?
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P.A.L
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Joined: 26 May 2004
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Location: Texas
Styles: Shorin-ryu

PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wash cold and air dry gives you minimum shrinkage. hot wash and hot dry give you maximum shrinkage.
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Chunmonchek
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy my gi's large, and wash them in hot water, and throw them in the dryer a few times. I Shrink to fit so I don't have to worry about accidentally shrinking in the future. It takes a bit of experimenting to get it right.
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Joined: 10 May 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Itís all about shrinking it a little bit at a time. Iíll usually do a medium temperature wash and medium temperature dry. Iíll try it on after each wash & dry to see where itís at. Iíll usually stop before it fits right so I have some room for that last little bit that typically occurs over the years.

When I get it to that ~ 90% point, I only wash cold and line dry afterward.

Note - I buy a full size larger than I need. My current favorite - Shureido K-11 (100% cotton) shrinks quite a bit until it settles in. Somehow, the magic number has been 4 warm wash and dry cycles with that gi (I own 2). Other brand gis Iíve owned have been less. The K-11 and a few other gis stopped shrinking after I started washing cold and line drying; one or two kept shrinking even though they were cold wash and line dry. I guess different gis behave differently.

Note 2 - Cotton/polyester blends wonít shrink nearly as much. I havenít owned a blended gi since my first ďfree with signing upĒ gi, but every piece of blended or pure polyester clothing Iíve ever owned shrunk minimally if at all.
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