How to Remove Pin Holes From Silk Taffeta

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Taffeta silk has a shiny surface.
Taffeta silk has a shiny surface. (Image: silk 4 image by jbattx from Fotolia.com)

Silk taffeta is a fabric made from white silk cocoons. It usually has a glossy sheen or shine to it. Pin holes can be caused while sewing the fabric and pinning it back, or when items are pinned onto the silk taffeta, such as corsages or brooches. Fortunately, there are a few ways to repair the holes caused by pins without causing further damage.

Steam

Lightly rub the pin hole with your finger. Move with the grain of the fabric (either side to side or up and down) and gently move the fabric threads to cover the small pin hole.

Place an iron as close to the fabric as possible without touching it. Press the steam button. Press your finger over the pin hole to set the fabric in place. Repeat three to five times.

Spray the area with a small amount of water if the threads are not staying in place from the steam. Press the pin hole between two fingers until the water is dry. Repeat step 2.

Launder the Item

Follow the fabric care instructions and launder the item. While in the washing machine, the fabric threads may move, covering the hole.

Remove the item from the washing machine and find the pin hole. If you can't, proceed to Step 3. Place your finger over the pin hole and lightly rub the area following the grain of the fabric (either side to side or up and down). Try to gently move the fabric threads to cover the small pin hole. Do this while the fabric is wet.

Dry the items as directed by the fabric care instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some pin holes may not be able to be removed.

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