Reweaving fabric is simple as an idea, but difficult to execute so that the repair is not visible. In general, darker and more textural fabrics will fare better than lighter and thinner fabrics. It is a good idea to start with a hole in a medium-weight fabric where the hole is smaller than a dime. A linen fabric is a good starting fabric to practice hole repairing skills.
Things You'll Need
- Quilting hoop
- Magnifying glass
- Thin needle
- Fine scissors
Clean the garment or fabric as recommended by the manufacturer to accurately determine the true condition and size of holes.
Place the fabric in a quilting hoop so that the fabric is stable and taut. (This is not intended for knits.)
Harvest threads from the garment at the seam allowance. You need threads 3 inches long that match the color or colors of the fabric exactly for a dime-size hole.
Use a magnifying glass to reveal the weave. Find the approximate center of the hole and move your needle 1 inch to the side of the hole where the fabric is in good shape. Thread your repair thread in the color that matches at that point in the fabric onto your needle. Locate the thread within the weave and insert your needle. Follow the weave pattern of the fabric threads with the needle until you reach the hole.
Take the needle across the hole. Find the same thread within the weave on the other side of the hole that once connected across the hole to the thread you are reweaving. Continue weaving the needle for 1 inch into good fabric.
Place your finger on the woven thread to hold it in place. Pull your needle through the fabric. Allow the small end of the thread close to the needle hole to pass through the needle hole. Continue this above and below your first thread. You will be doubling up the threads on the existing fabric outside the hole. When you are finished in one direction, turn your fabric 90 degrees and weave across your first threads. Start in the center of the hole again and weave away from the center going across your first set of threads.
Match your pattern and thread color exactly as you work. When your hole disappears, use fine scissors to trim off the thread ends.
Tips & Warnings
- Count and pin your beginning threads so that your alignment is accurate across the hole.
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