Repairing sweaters

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  1. Mar 5, 2019 #1

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    Do you repair sweaters that develop holes?
    Edited to clarify: what I have is like a sweater but very thin, one of the longer, open front, flowy ones with no buttons or zippers.
    It's only a year or so old but already has a few holes on the sleeves.
    Is this like repairing holes in socks?
    Lesson learned on buying cheap clothing.
     
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    Patchouli, it depends on a few things. Is the sweater made of wool? Are the holes caused by wool moths? How large are the holes? If not moths, what caused the holes? One thing that I think about when it comes to repairs, could I live with less than perfect? In some instances I can, others, not.

    Maybe a couple photos would help in seeing how repairable it is.

    My daughter had a cashmere sweater that she had professionally repaired. I could have done it just as well.
     
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    It is not wool. I think washing it caused the holes. Machine washable. It is viscose, also known as rayon. No photos right now.
    I can wear it, just can't wear it to work with it looking tattered and torn. And the fibers or strands are small.
     
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    If the holes are small enough, and if you can't wear it to work, it might be something that you wear at home, or as a layer in colder weather. When it comes to knits, many of them do not do well being machine washed.
     
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    Make it a short sleeve sweater?
     
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    I have sweaters to wear over short sleeves to keep me warm. If it were a sweater I wore by itself that'd be a great idea.;)
     
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    Can you take a fine crochet hook and re stitch it?
    Or instead of hole, make the holes into center of flowers with embroidery.
    Would this idea work?
    I have done that a few times on sweaters that were only a few years old.
     
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    This is a great idea! I had a friend in college whose jeans were damaged by chemicals in chemistry class. She embroidered that area of her jeans and it was beautiful and an excellent fix.
     
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    That sounds like it might work in some way, @MoBookworm1957 .
    Thanks for ideas, people.
     
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