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Is It Safe to Cut My gc2b Tank Binder?

Discussion in 'Gender Identity and Expression' started by witchybi, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. witchybi

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    I've been looking at different forum sites where people were discussing tank vs half, and I saw that some people were cutting their tank binders because either it was uncomfortable or they just didn't like the compression on the stomach.

    My cousin recently bought me a tank binder from gc2b and she's bringing it tomorrow. If it is safe to cut a tank binder into a half one, are there any tips/thoughts I should keep in mind while I do it? I don't want my first binder experience to be an uncomfortable/undesirable one.
     
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    If you haven't got it yet, I'd try it unaltered for a few days before you make any changes to it if you do decide that the full-length is comfortable for you. If you're just cutting the bottom off the binder, I can't see any dangers in doing so, just make sure if you do end up altering it, don't cut along the middle seam (cut a bit below, however it may fray if you cut it if that bothers you), and don't think you can make it tighter by bringing it in.

    *If it's too tight, or too loose, don't make alterations! You should be able to return or exchange it as long as you don't cut or alter it.
     
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    My cousin is bringing it tonight, so hopefully I can test it out! I would have to send it back with her if not because she ordered it for me--
     
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    I started out with a full tank gc2b binder. The fit is skintight and personally I didn't like the compression on my stomach, or the back sweat, or the riding up. So I cut mine in half right below the seam, and it was much more comfortable. All the binders I bought afterward were half tank.

    Some people like the full tank. It looks like a type of sporty tank top so you could get away with wearing one without a shirt. For myself, I like the half tanks. But really you can't go wrong either way because gc2b is a fantastic brand. The binders I got from them lasted years.
     
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    I'll have to try it! Right now I'm just testing it out, seeing if I enjoy it while walking around for a bit. Though I might keep it a full tank since it makes it easier to pull on (I don't have a very strong grip and the extra fabric helps).
     
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    Sounds like it might not be an issue for you after all, but I wanted to add my two cents if you change your mind or if anyone else has the same question: The GC2B binder that I own has a small flaw in the stitching, such that the edge of the stretch material isn’t properly overlooked in one spot. Based on that, I can tell you pretty confidently that the material doesn’t fray, but it might tend to roll up if you leave it raw all the way across the bottom.