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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


It’s sweater weather. I don’t know about you but the older I get, the colder I get. Dressing in layers for me is really important. On a recent Wednesday, I went to put a sweater on and found a hole in it. Bad news because I had to quickly scramble and find something else, but the good news is that many times a sweater with a hole can be repaired.

If you have a garment with a hole in it, don’t write it off. Depending on the size and condition of the area, one of these methods may be applied:

1. French Weave - Also known as the Invisible Weave, this technique is done on select fabrics with small tears, holes and burns. Individual thread strands from hidden areas, such as a cuff or inseam, are actually woven together by hand. This creates new fabric as it closes the hole and the repair is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding fabric. Some fabrics, such as gabardine, don’t always lend to completely invisible results.

2. Inweaving - For larger tears, and when the French weave is not practical. The weaver cuts a patch of hidden fabric and places it over the damaged area, matching the fabric’s pattern. The frayed edges are then hand woven into the material. The edges of the repair are invisible to the eye.

3. Reknitting - Similar to the French weave, this involves taking hidden strands from sweaters, double knits and wool knits and knitting them into the damaged area. Intricate care is taken in matching the garment’s knit pattern and style.

Unfortunately, not every garment is a candidate for reweaving or reknitting, and because of its time consuming nature, it can be a costly process. But check with us first. We might be able to help you save a favorite garment.

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