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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #150 on: December 19, 2009, 07:45:06 am »
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #151 on: December 21, 2009, 04:51:47 am »
Hey all. Just got my very first pair of IH (643SR). Any advice on breaking them in? I'm normally a 501 STF guy, so this is all new to me. Got my eye on the 9634 too, but can't decide. Love this forum. Been up all night reading it. Thanks.

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #152 on: December 21, 2009, 05:27:38 am »
First of all, congrats and welcome to the IH forum!

Well, if you've read the forum already you have certainly seen the 634SR thread. One big recommendation is to NOT do the wear till you drop and the crotch lows out thing while never washing it. Give it some good soaks in the beginning to make the material softer. Haraki-san's instructions do not require you to sit in the bath tub with it. But you could. If you don't want that but don't want them to shrink too much, do an overnight cold soak first. Dry flat, don't tumble dry. You can also wear them when they are still a bit damp to give them a bit more shape and get creases started that will settle in once they dry.

The hotter the water and the hotter the drying heat, the more they will shrink. Mine have about 2-3 soaks and 1 hand wash behind them. I will now wear them around 30 times or so before I wash them again. If I can go longer without "The Skunk" I will try to do that. Aerating them outside should help. I don't do anything special at all in terms of rubbing or wear.

The other thing you should keep in mind is that when you don't shrink them first and work on breaking them in while they are still completely dry and raw, the wrinkles will shift once you shrink them and that can look like dog. So, I'd say get them to your size first and make the material a bit softer. This way you won't blow out the seams and the wear marks will be where you actually want them. You also won't look badly dressed wearing oversized jeans for six months. :)

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #153 on: December 21, 2009, 11:22:11 am »
What tfar said...and since your coming from 501s...they're going to feel stiff for quite some time...raw, thick denim takes awhile to get used to ;)

And in my experience...Haraki's advice is to machine wash them with no soap when they're new to get some of the shrinking out of the way...I did that and got some really weird fading from the machine so I don't recommend that. Just hot soak a couple times
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #154 on: December 21, 2009, 11:27:51 am »
Machinewash with some vinaigre!.. No washing detergents though. Gets most of the shrinking out of the way, and it takes less time to dry. Put them on while they're damp though, to stretch a bit. Otherwise you'll have a hard time getting back into them. Might as well give 'm to your sis...

This weather is also perfect for some airing time during the night... Nothing like freezing weather to kill some bacterias (and thus clean your jeans)!..

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #155 on: December 21, 2009, 03:58:52 pm »
I just noticed that Till has got his jeans cuffed...you won't get any indigo staining if you cuff your jeans
 
I have a pair of sueded leather boots that have stained quite a bit from the hems of my jeans (I don't cuff too many of my jeans)
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #156 on: December 21, 2009, 04:05:13 pm »
Does anyone actually have problems with the shrinking in the SR's? I wear a 31 in the 634S as well as the 801s and the 634SR is pretty perfect in the same size
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #157 on: December 21, 2009, 07:39:05 pm »
Hey Tfar, DougNG and Seul,

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll chronicle the progress in pics as I go along. Still can't decide if I should soak with them. Not 10 hours of course. But I'm thinking if I do several soaks in warm/hot water with them on - say 1 hour at a time, several times - and then wear them till they dry each time I may get something I'm looking for - the perfect fit. Am I being absolutely stupid? I can't friggin' wait till they arrive. Happy holidays everyone. Glad I found you all and IH.

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #158 on: December 21, 2009, 07:48:18 pm »
The jeans hold A LOT of water...they're going to be super heavy, and even hanging to dry by my boiler...it takes over 12 hours to dry...
 
I've done the same thing with almost all my jeans, hot soak for an hour, hang dry by the boiler (outside in the summer) and then wear...usually works out well for me
 


 
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #159 on: December 21, 2009, 07:58:09 pm »
Hey Doug, hadn't thought of that! I guess I'll just have to hang them to dry. Thanks.

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #160 on: December 21, 2009, 08:42:59 pm »
But I'm thinking if I do several soaks in warm/hot water with them on - say 1 hour at a time, several times - and then wear them till they dry each time I may get something I'm looking for - the perfect fit. Am I being absolutely stupid?

That is way over the top! DougNg is right on. I do pretty much the same thing give or take a few details depending on location. I don't think that soaking them while wearing them is a bad idea, but 10 times for an hour at a time is overkill. Not to mention, who has that type of time? I know you are just excited and I totally understand, but take the advice from Doug as it will take you where you want to go with the jeans! Also, definitely document the whole process with flicks so we can see.
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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #161 on: December 21, 2009, 09:17:44 pm »
Yeah, I want to see you in the tub with your IH!

By the way, you don't need to wear them for one hour in the tub. 30 minutes was easily enough for my 501STF. But seriously, you don't want the 634SR to dry on your body. It would take 12 hours at least! You'd get kidney and urinary tract problems. Forget about it. let them dry while hanging. Get one of those stretchy spring loaded hangers for the waist. Or wear them for an hour while still damp. What I do with jeans that are known to be a little tight in the waist after washing is that I stretch the waist by hand. I apply quite a bit of force and it works. Do not do that while they are buttoned. The button may pop.

Doug, I get some indigo wear off on my desert boots even with the cuff.

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #162 on: December 21, 2009, 09:55:13 pm »
- wearing them while damp/ wet is ok but might cause 'knee pyramids'... You can iron your knees or walk over the knees whilst the jeans are damp to lessen the effect

- stretching the waist manually by applying force whilst they're still wet is what I do if I know it's necessary

- why do you guys all swear by hangdrying?.. I only do flatdrying

- machinewashing them at 30-40 C° is best if you want them to dry faster (without exposing them to any heat source like a boiler or whatever, which may cause them to shrink more than you wanted to). Also: after about 2-3 machinewashes (depending on what oz. the jeans are, in this case, I'd go with 3), all the shrinking should be done. Then just wear them for as long as you can

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #163 on: December 21, 2009, 10:41:24 pm »
I always put my jeans on damp after first soak...only because I am like a big kid and can't wait to get 'em on !

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Re: 2009 Edition - Iron Heart & Triple Works edition WAYWT
« Reply #164 on: December 22, 2009, 02:33:18 am »
I always put my jeans on damp after first soak...only because I am like a big kid and can't wait to get 'em on !

Stewart, I'm just a big kid too! I love sitting in the tub with them on and then walking around with them hanging heavy on my hips, knowing they're gonna mold to my body as they dry. I know everybody thinks I'm crazy (and maybe I am), but I'm gonna try it anyway.

Thanks, everybody. I promise to do flicks of the whole process. I would love to come up with a "How To" guide that incorporated all the excellent advice already dished up here. Augment it with pix of the process from start to..., well not "finish" as I plan on having these puppies for EVER! But I think a guide/diary would be way cool.

So neat to know there are other guys out there with the same over the top passion that I have for the jeans.