Friday, May 20, 2011

At Knit's End

Lei Chic Your date is arriving in five minutes and for once you’re not running ragged. You’ve got the just sexy-enough outfit, cute clutch, your hair isn’t making unnecessary waves.

All you need is to slip on that statement cuff and - argh! Your perfect look hits a snag – right in the center of your new knit dress.

Last time this happened, your fancy needlework left you with a hole new problem. Now you have a stack of sweaters that are hanging by a thread.

Expert seamstress Susan Medina helps you make a seamless recovery.

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You’ll need: A Snag-Nab It needle from Dritz, which has a file-like end for grabbing those stray threads. Available in various stores for about $3.

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Step 1
Stick the pointed end of the needle straight down the center of the snag.

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Step 2
Pull it slowly through the fabric. The coarse end of the needle should bring the loose thread with it.

Step 3
Tie a knot if the thread is long enough. You can also burn the thread down to keep it from unraveling. Ignite it and almost immediately, extinguish the flame.

Step 4
Gently stretch the fabric back and forth to move the fibers back in place.

You’ll need: A beading needle, which is much slimmer and has a smaller eye than most, matching thread or yarn.

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Start on the outside of the clothing, weave the needle in and out of the material horizontally about a quarter of an inch above the hole.

Step 2
Gently pull the thread through (pull too hard and the fabric will pucker).

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Step 3
Repeat, moving slowly downward. When you reach the hole, do not pull the two sides together. The thread should stretch across the hole so the fabric still lies evenly.

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Start the process again on the inside of the garment, this time working vertically so you are essentially weaving through your first layer of thread.

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Step 5
Repeat until you are pleased with the texture of your patch.

Susan Medina does not only repairs, but can recreate garments or design custom items. Call 808.352.3733.

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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