- pre- + shrink (Wiktionary)
“I would first hand sew grosgrain ribbon preshrink it, of course to the underside of the sweater fronts, as wide as the depth of the leather triangles - run it from left front hem up and around the neck to the right front hem.”
“Dear ladies (and sirs), that last is reason alone to try to remember to WASH - not dryclean - your (washable) fabrics when you get them home, instead of waiting until just before you sew them to preshrink them.”
“Public Service Announcement: Remember, folks, always preshrink any fabrics you intend to wash.”
“You can usually buy preshrunk fabrics for home sewing as well, but when you cannot you should usually wash them before sewing so as to preshrink them yourself.”
“Prior to this process, the leather is also heated to preshrink it, so that it will retain its shape even after extreme exposure to direct sunlight.”
“Here's why: After weaving, the blankets are processed in mountain river-powered washing machines to preshrink them.”
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