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Since I'm new to the hobby I got a book out of the library about paracord, Paracord 101. In the beginning of the book the author suggests shrinking the paracord before using it.

Is this required and advisable, or a matter of individual preference?
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Randy
 

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Welcome to the forum!

I never shrunk paracord before. I don't find it necessary.

But for you if you want to try shrinking the paracord try it.
Then try without shrinking it.
 

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I don't preshrink the paracord, but if a bracelet ends up being a little loose, I will put it in full hot tap water for 10 minutes (less then boiling temperature), blot off with a paper towel and let it dry overnight. That will shrink it a little for a better fit.
 

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This will change the over all size of the bracelet or whatever your making. Some items it won't matter but if your making a snug fitting item to begin with allow for "shrinkage "


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True but some brands of paracord will shrink more while other brands not so much.

The paracord I use to make my EDC bracelet has gotten wet by rain, washing my hands, and by sweat and the bracelet hasn't shrunk. (I wouldn't mind if it shrunk some seeing as that was my first time making a bracelet with the metal shackle and I made the bracelet a little to big). That was almost 4 years ago when I made that bracelet.
 
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