6.1.7 Dimensional Change


A generic term for changes in length or width of a garment or fabric specimen subjected to specified conditions. The change is usually expressed as a percentage of the initial dimension of the specimen.6

Most fabrics, unless specially treated or processed during manufacture, tend to undergo dimensional changes in length or width during laundering or drycleaning. The three types of shrinkage in fabrics are relaxation, fiber or yarn swelling, and felting.

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