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What in the world is Yard Slippage?

Slipping or shifting of one set of yarns over the yarns in the opposite direction, is what they call Yard Slippage.

Often, this shifting will appear as almost straight lines or sometimes in wavy lines. In extremely tight fitting items, strain occurs during wear. You can never really predict what will happen during normal use and care on any fabric, especially sheer or loosely woven fabrics.

By placing the fabric between your thumb and finger and lightly drawing them across the fabric, you can often ascertain the fabric damage. With this simple test, if the yarns tend to slip and shift, it may indicate that severe yarn slippage will occur during on-going use or in the care process.

‘Sizing’ is glaze or protective filler, selected and applied by the manufacturing to set the fabric.

Simple wear or cleaning, may alter the sizing and inadvertently encourage yarn slippage and produce distortion. This is often mistaken for dye bleeding, especially on printed fabrics or fabrics with multicolored yarns.

Examine and notify your counter personnel if yarn slippage is apparent when dropping your garment off for dry-cleaning.

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Check typical stress areas

  • underarm
  • elbow
  • ‘seat’ of garment
  • rear seam of skirt, dress or pants
  • anywhere the garment fits snugly

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