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Repairing sweaters

Discussion in 'Sewing, Quilting, Yarn Crafts' started by Patchouli, Mar 5, 2019.

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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.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2019 #4

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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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    Daughter had a pullover sweater with a noticeable hole in it. After unsuccessfully trying to repair it with thread, I took from the yarn bin some matching yarn, put it on a large needle and was able to repair it. She was happy as a clam and wore it today. What a surprise. Lol
     
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    Myth tells us that wood nymphs are the only folk who can re-weave knitted goods. They were sought for that talent and their sexual prowess. Historically there is no mention of how many were found or captured...
    Your secret is safe with me. :)
     

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