Repairing – like new again

06.02.2019

Photo: Wix archive

 

Did you rip a little hole in your merino clothes with your ring? Did your kid wear a hole on the knees? Did your gloves get into the mouth of your dog? Even after this, your clothes can still serve you excellently.

There are more ways to repair your clothes but it mainly depends on the extent of the damage.

For example, when your kid chewed up on the sleeve cuff, it is the easiest to replace the cuff with a new one. You could consult this service with us if you purchased our Merino garments. We advocate sustainable (eco, slow) fashion, so don’t worry about rejecting these services. We repair and remanufacture clothes routinely. But it always depends on the agreement with the customer. We search together for an option that will be price-friendly, and the most effective for you and for the type of clothes.

Photo: Crawler Archive

 

In this article, however, we will show you the options of homemade repairs that you can do by yourself easily :)

 

1. Iron-on the reflective element or another iron applique

You can buy the reflective element/foil or other iron-on applique in any stationery shop or haberdasher’s and you will appreciate it for repairs of other clothes too. With the reflective patch, you will also add a safety feature.

The iron-on patch secures the hole and the surroundings as well. We recommend somehow repairing (“securing”) the hole from the wrong side.

Photo: Crawler Archive

 

Always iron according to the directions written on the reflective patch!

Our tip: Prepare wooden cutting board and baking paper. Heat the iron to 1 – 2 dots (“wool”). Put the garment on the cutting board and the patch on the hole. Make sure that the patch covers the surroundings of the hole. Assure yourself of the location before switching on the iron – “look before you leap” :). Cover the reflective patch with baking paper and with the tip of the iron and slight pressure apply the patch on your clothes. Remove the protective foil after it is cooled and repeat the ironing over the baking paper once more. Reflective patches hold on Merino clothes very well.

Photo: Crawler Archive

 

2. Hand sewing

You just need a needle and thread (ideally made of polyester because the cotton one does not have necessary strength). Choose the length and thickness of the needle so that you can hold it easily and are able to get the loops in it (not the biggest one you have :) ).

Then we can remember the times when the previous generation had the so-called “darning mushroom” to repair socks. We usually throw sock with holes away but in the past, it was darned (stitched with thread). If you have a skilful grandma, she will know what you are talking about. This way of repair requires a little skill, but it is nothing impossible so do not give up before you try it even if you haven’t done anything like it before – go ahead and give it a try! :)

Hole. Photo: Archiv Crawler

 

If possible, match the thread to the colour of your clothes so that the repair is not so visible. Make a knot at the end and check the structure of Merino – the rows and the warp. The needle with the thread will follow the direction of the arrows in the photo.

Sew in the direction of the arrows. Photo: Crawler Archive

 

You pass the needle through the middle between the fibres – not from the front (as that would not look good) and not from the back either, so in the middle layer. This creates a grid that will strengthen the surroundings of the hole as well. Th repair can be almost invisible. The important thing is – not to sew too tight (thus pull the whole the material together), but to sew nicely and freely and cover whole the area with the surroundings.

And the result? Good as new.

Sewed. Photo: Crawler Archive

 

3. Patch

You can order patches in any size and color, depending on what you need. Patches have overlock hem, that means that the hem is secured against unravelling and you can apply them by hand sewing. This repair is the most time consuming and you will need the most skills but you can find many videos on YouTube that show and help you with different types of hand stitches so that anyone can do the repair at home :)

If you somehow hesitate to invest the time or if you lack sewing skills, we will manage the repair for you!

Knee patches. Photo: Crawler Archive

 

Do you have your own tips on how to repair clothes? Please share them with us on our Facebook.Thumbs up for the handicraft!

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