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Q: How do I shrink my Levi’s 501 STF?

This can be a point of confusion for many denim heads, but fortunately we’ve created a more detailed Levi’s 501 shrink-to-fit (STF) guide that lays out the exact steps for shrinking them. Please see below for the step-by-step process:

Step 1

Fill a tub with the hottest water available. Fill it up halfway or at least enough so the pair can be fully submerged underwater.

Step 2

Next, find items that can help hold down the pair underwater since jeans tend to float. Have the pair sit in the tub submerged for at least 20 minutes, you will see a bluish tint around the edge of the water since the indigo is slightly bleeding out.

Step 3

Once the 20 minutes have passed, hang your pair over a shower or tub since it will drip. Once you feel the pants are moist (not wet) put them on to ensure that your pair doesn’t shrink past your hips. This method also tends to make a better fit since it drys up on your body.

Step 4

Wear the pair until they have fully dried. Be careful to not sit on any furniture or walk on white carpet if your pair tends to drag at all since it will bleed and stain.

Step 5

You’ve successfully shrunk your pair of 501 STFs, now wear as much as desired.

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