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HOW TO: Repair Holes in Small Gauge Fabric
Ever found the perfect knit sweater or top, only to get home and realize it has holes you missed?
Same tho. Almost nothing is more infuriating.
I’m going to preface this post with, “I hate trying to repair holes in small gauge knit fabrics”. It's the worst.
It’s never invisible. Give me split seams, moth holes in boiled/felted wool, chunky sweater knits unraveling... but holes in T-shirt type knit fabrication? Or punctures in finely woven fabrics? I mean, we can fix them ... but really, CAN WE??
Hissss!!!!! okay, let's try.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
So, you should know up front - this repair will never be imperceptible. But I will say that the normal gaze probably won’t notice a well done fix.
While you can use bonding glue, patches, or such for mending this type of flaw, I’ve never found them to be either more inconspicuous or more durable than a good old fashioned needle & thread mend job.
OKAY LET'S START.
Step one: Match your thread.
This is highly important..
If it’s a cotton tee, don’t use a shiny polyester thread! Nor a fuzzy melange wool.
Also, and this is just an observation from years of experience, go with a slightly darker shade of thread than you might normally choose to match your garment.
I don’t have a scientific reason- I’m sure there are studies regarding the reflection of light blah blah... but in my many repair type ventures, a “perfect color match” always seems slightly off. Go a smidge darker.
Darker is better...
You will want to work from the back/reverse side of your garment. I suggest ironing the area beforehand to get your working surface as flat as possible. (And the ends/threads of the hole as near to touching as is feasible without pulling/overlapping the fabric).
flip it over and work from behind.
You are making a patch over the hole. You don’t want to tightly sew together the broken ends! (That will cause a weird pucker!) You are instead creating a new sliver of fabric over the hole a.k.a. missing textile area.
You want to ever-so-gently pick up the tiny threads on each side of the hole and use those in your repair patch. Less is more.
Imagine weaving spiderwebs, not quilting together two pieces of fabric.
There are a million different ways to repair pieces of clothing -- but these steps should help make these items with issues less problematic and more resellable.
Nineve Donovan Brown is an Anthro fanatic who believes in giving new life to second hand items. She loves wine and fixing impossible damages --usually not a good mix, but she makes it work.
You can find her on Instagram @nineveposh, where she shares a wealth of information.
Article credit : Nineve Donovan Brown