Removing "Permanent" Creases from Clothing

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September 12, 2016

ironing with a press clothSometimes when you lengthen a garment the crease line from the previous hem remains. The way to get rid of that is to moisten the crease with vinegar, and iron on the hottest setting allowable for the fabric. I always use a press cloth to protect the fabric.


I've been doing this for years very successfully. This is a great solution when styles change or you want to let your growing child wear clothing a while longer.

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June 22, 2020

I have a sweater that always has an unintentional permanent crease in the ribbing at the bottom. It is always hung dry, but I need to rewet the crease thoroughly and hand stretch it out before I hang it to dry.

Any suggestions? Thank you.


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You might want to try to get some iron on seam tape to iron this on the back side of the sweater to keep the sweater laying flat and not creasing when it is hung up to dry. I had an issue like this one before and ended up having to lay the sweater flat on a towel and allow it to dry like this in order to keep the seams flat and not crease.


You can also try this one.

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Not that it helps your problem but the manufacturer probably had a flaw in their machine that pulled some threads too tight and no one ever corrected it so there are most likely lots of sweaters with the same problem.

I've had this happen with other types of clothing and if I hung them to dry I always had to lay them flat, dampen the area (I sometimes used Wrinkle Release or water/white vinegar mix) and smooth out the wrinkle or even lay something heavy on top to force the wrinkle out.


This is a pain but since it is 'made' into the fabric, it will return after each washing.

Most of the time I lay a towel on top of the dryer/washing machine, lay my piece on top to dry and smooth out that area as it's drying or lay something heavy on top (even my unplugged iron is usually heavy enough if the piece is still damp).
Occasionally, I still have to place a cloth over the area and press with warm iron for a few minutes.

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June 19, 2021

I wear Ariat brand jeans, every pair in the wash creases off center. How do I eliminate the jeans from creasing?


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A factory set crease is not always easy to permanently remove and any solution may have to be done several times before the crease disappears.


First question:
You want the off-center crease gone but do you want your jeans to have a crease in the proper place or no crease?
Your answer to this question will determine how you go about removing the off-center crease.

Most clothing sites offer several solutions so think about the following suggestions:
Wash your jeans a couple of times to remove the stiffness that manufacturers put in jeans.
"If simple washing and ironing do not work however, you do have a couple of options. You can remove the crease mark by rubbing a bar of soap along the line on the inside before pressing. Also you can pursue the vinegar method. Combine equal parts of vinegar and water and spray as you press out the crease. This will probably make your clothes smell a little so you may want to wash the garment again before wearing. The extra wash should also help with getting that crease out.


Take some starch and spray heavily on the crease. Then move the iron slowly across the crease and continue pressing the iron to the spot. In most cases this should do the trick for getting out that stubborn crease you no longer need.
This may have to be done more than once.

If you want a new crease in your jeans you can use the same solutions on a new seam that will make it the permanent seam.
It is best to never use iron on high heat on any garment.

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Jeans wrinkle easily once wet, and ironing is not always convenient. The easiest way to remove wrinkles from jeans is to use a clothes dryer:

1. Soak a hand towel in cold water and gently wring it out. Set the towel in the dryer with the jeans.


3. Adjust the dryer to the highest heat and wrinkle rid setting if available. Turn the dryer on and allow it to run for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the jeans from the dryer and shake them out immediately and hang the jeans over a curtain or shower rod to cool.

I see that the Ariat brand also sells jeans with creases in center. Creases create vertical lines, so this trick helps to elongate legs. Creases are great on dress pants (trousers), but I think denim is not a fabric that should be pressed into submission, it's too casual for creases.
Well, every now and again there is a trend to wear creased jeans, but if you want to get rid of the center crease, then this will help you:

1. Wash your jeans with a mild liquid laundry detergent. Laundering loosens the denim fibers and softens the crease lines. Hang the garments to air dry.
2. Then prepare a mixture: measure 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of water, pour the white vinegar into the water and mix with a spoon, pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
3. Turn your jeans garment inside out and place on your ironing board. If you have a sleeve ironing board, insert the jeans. Flatten crease on the board. Pull the jeans tautly on the board.
Hold the spray bottle 6 to 8 inches from the crease and spray the crease with the white vinegar solution until the area dampens.
4. Cover the damp crease with a protective sheet or damp cloth.
Set your iron to a cotton setting or a high-heat setting and apply pressure with your iron over the crease and glide in a back and forth motion. Carefully lift the protective sheet or damp cloth to see if the crease has started to diminish. If the crease persists, cover the area and iron again, applying pressure over the crease.
5. Remove the protective sheet. If the crease has significantly diminished, spray a light coating of spray starch. Hold the bottle 6 to 8 inches away from the denim and spray, allowing the fine mist to set into the denim fibers (check your denim brand for specifics). Change your iron setting to medium and repeat the process until the crease disappears.

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December 19, 2005

From sitting so much I seem to have permanent creases in my slacks. I need a way to get rid of the creases. They are where the body meets the legs.

Helen from Ontario Canada


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I've read that you can spray the creases with white vinegar and the creases will iron out.

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February 6, 2017

Spray clothes with a mixture of vinegar and water prior to ironing to help remove creases. This is a page about removing creases with vinegar spray.

A spray bottle with a fine mist on a black background.

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