Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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I agree with the others, new shorts are in order. When purchasing short, I pay special attention to where the seams fall which is determined by the width of the insert. Keep in mind that these shorts are made the way most garments are. That is someone cuts the portions of fabric that will be sewn together. Hence, it is highly likely that there will be slight variations in inset width/where the seams fall. I suspect it may sound a bit strange, but I have a specific measurement I look for when buying shorts. This measurement was arrived at by taking three pair of my favorite shorts, turning them inside out, and measuring the width of the inserts from seam edge to seam edge at the point where I'm prone to have issues with chafing. I now know how wide the insert needs to be to keep me from having problems. When shopping I do take a seamstress measuring tape with me and use it before purchasing. I used to get strange looks from my LBS personnel, but they got used to it quickly. In fact, several employees now do the same when they buy shorts.
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