How to Restretch Shrunken Wool

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Once wool has been shrunk, the only way to fix it is to deknit the sweater. Restretch shrunken wool with help from a costume and fashion designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Masa Kitani, and I'm here today to answer your question how to restretch shrunken wool. Now I know some of you out there have accidentally shrunken your wool sweater but I'm here today to tell you, to let you know that there's no way to restretch shrunken wool and let me explain why. Once the wool fiber has been shrunk, there is only one way to fix it is to deknit the sweater, retreat the fiber, respin the fiber and then reknit the fabric. There's only two good ways to wash a wool sweater and that is dry clean only and cold water, gentle cycle, laid dry, flat. Well I hope I answered your question today about how to restretch shrunken wool sweaters. Have a great day.

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