Stretching
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FABRIC CONCERNS
There is more to consider than just style, fit, color, and price when purchasing a new garment. Think serviceability, too!

STRETCHING
Knits and open weave garments are susceptible to stretching. This stretching is irreversible in general. Garments made of acrylic fibers will stretch more easily than wool, for this reason wool knits may be a better investment. When not being worn, knits should be folded. It is not recommended to hang your knits since stretching will occur.

SURFACE PRINTS
Some garments are made of fabric with a pattern, design or color which is merely painted on or glued to the fabric's surface. The surface print can be adversely affected or even lost with the gentlest care in drycleaning or by washing at home. To identify a surface print check to see whether the color or design totally penetrates the fabric, if it does not, think twice before buying.

COTTON KNITS
Cotton knits are popular because they are fashionable, resist wrinkles, drape well and are comfortable in normal wear. Cotton knits are often not stable due to loose knit construction and lack of the resilience of the yarn and improper pre-shrinkage. Some common complaints are stretching, distortion and shrinkage. Cotton knits can be drycleaned successfully but due to the absorptive properties of cotton, soil is not always removable because of the mild solvents used. Cotton knits should be dimensionally stable to with stand wet cleaning if necessary.

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