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Posted on: 4/10/04 7:42 AM
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I don't knnow what it is, or how it happens, but it seems like just about every bra I buy ends up with a mangled back closure. I'm not sure if it's the industrial washing machines I use, or that I am just too hard on them...hehehe. But, I have found that I can easily replace them when this fiasco occurs by poopping a few seams and hand-sewing a stronger store-bought hook. I make sure to always keep at least one package of hooks and eyes on hand.

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CM_Sews said... (9/18/04 5:16 PM) Reply
Ive used a lingerie bag to wash bras for years, it does help a lot. However, I recently upgraded my laundry routine and put all bras in an old pillowcase reserved for that use. I use a couple of thick hair elastics (for pony tails) to close the pillowcase; it never comes undone. When using the mesh bags, Id hook the bras first, but they would still come undone in the wash, then hook some other garment in the load, yanking out the hook out of the bra or ruining the other garment. I could add a zipper to the pillowcase, but the hair elastics work just fine to close the pillowcase, so I havent bothered.
NancyDaQ said... (4/15/04 2:26 PM) Reply
The lingerie bag makes a huge difference! I always machine wash my bras and have not had anything happen to them since I invested in the lingerie bag. I am also able to machine wash nylons with no problems, too.
moonfleur said... (4/10/04 3:30 PM) Reply
MD: I used to hook mine together when I washed them, but the dorm washing machines decided to learn a new trick. Ripping the entire back out of the bras! Between all the girls in my sorority I don't want to know how much money spent on clothes was "sacrificed" to those machines. Anyway, I started not hooking them and doing as above. Now I live in the apartment, where the washing machine occasionally decides not to fill up with water. It's all a tradeoff.
Stitchology said... (4/10/04 9:41 AM) Reply
Have you tried hooking them together while they're washed? Lingerie bag?
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