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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    tightening bench shirt sleeves

    Is this something a certified bench shirt manufacture has to do or can any tailor shop using heavy duty material stitch sleeves together and workout fine? Does it matter which section of the sleeves get pinched to tighten it? its a single ply super katana if it matters.

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    i think if you want it to work properle ' you sold sent it bak to titan compene ' they cen help you .

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    I have done mine myself with no problems.

    Just remember when you take them in a small amount will tighten them more than you think.
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    I've taken a couple to a local shoe upholstry shop and it's worked out well.

    You need to take it in at the original seam, otherwise you'll end up with multiple seams in the same sleeve which is asking for a blow out.


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    What Travis said or bring it to a good tailor.

    Or you could do what Tee Tee would recommend, hammer curls.

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    Doesnt titan offer one free alteration on all gear?

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    Just run a few straight stitches up the sleeve...... go buy a spool of nylon bonded #69 thread and find a shoe repair place who will run a stitch for you....... that or do what I did and go buy an old machine like a 31-15 Singer for around $100 and never have to trust someone else's alterations again
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    About how many cm should i get it folded in? I can literally pull the sleeves past my elbow myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    About how many cm should i get it folded in? I can literally pull the sleeves past my elbow myself.
    Just put the shirt on and pinch it to see how much you need.
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    Anyone tried to alter a Metal Ace themselves?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martin View Post
    Anyone tried to alter a Metal Ace themselves?
    No, but I run a few layers of duct tape around the sleeves (when inside out) to tighten them up some.

    Worked very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martin View Post
    Anyone tried to alter a Metal Ace themselves?

    I've worked on my old ACE briefs....... They are easy to work with because the material is laminated. It also won't fray because of the lamination so a straight stitch is just fine. No zig-zag needed.

    Again, go get a cheap, old, industrial machine and just start working on everything yourself. There's not much to it. The average straight stitch machine's foot is 1/4 inch. If you run the foot up the original seam the 1/4" offset takes in the seam 1/2" ( because the material is doubled over) Use #69 Nylon bonded thread and a #18 needle...... the whole set up with needles and several spools of thread ran me around $100......
    Even with Rudy only 2 towns over I still do most of my own alterations. Because I can alter my gear however I need when my weight fluctuates or needs repair everything's always dialed in
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    Quote Originally Posted by theBarzeen View Post
    Just run a few straight stitches up the sleeve...... go buy a spool of nylon bonded #69 thread and find a shoe repair place who will run a stitch for you....... that or do what I did and go buy an old machine like a 31-15 Singer for around $100 and never have to trust someone else's alterations again
    I take in shirts exactly like this with a high quality home sewing machine. Anyone with a machine can do it, so if you know someone who sews you might be able to get them to do it for you. Like theBarzeen said, use the right thread, I use Coats and Clark Outdoor thread, as it had more give than the #69, so a home machine gets along with it a little better than the #69. Make sure you use the appropriate needle for the thread size (usually a #16) or the hole of the needle will shear the thread as it passes through.

    Turn your shirt inside out and draw the exact line you want sewn on. I use dressmakers chalk, but use whatever you have that will draw a precise line. ALWAYS start the new seam on the existing seam and angle to the desired new seam location from there. If you don't do that the start of the seam will be too stressed when you use the shirt. Take the shirt to your seamstress and tell them exactly where you want it sewn. A straight stitch will work just fine for a shirt like that.

    If you're taking it in a lot you might want to spend the money to ask them to remove the hem, stitch up the sleeve to the new size, straighten up the hem (the hem on the Katana is angled and will not line up after alteration), then rehem. This is really only necessary if you've taken in a lot on the sleeve. Otherwise just tell them to take it in as close to the hem as possible and you can deal with the little bulge that ends up by the hem.
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