Clothes that are made using stretchy fabric have more advantages than you can count. Not only are they comfortable, and adaptable but they are also easy to style which makes them a wardrobe staple for a lot of people.
Nothing breaks your heart more than realizing that your favorite spandex dress has a hole in it. The good news is that you don’t have to throw away the dress just because it has a small hole in it. Provides there’s still more fabric than there is hole, you should be able to get things looking ship-shape and shiny in no time. There are several ways in which you can fix it and nobody can tell that the dress once had a hole.
Fixing holes in stretchy fabric
When a stretch fabric rips, fixing it can be a real pain in the neck. A simple fix that would get the job done on a regular non-stretch fabric simply doesn’t cut it when it comes to stretchy fabrics. However, this doesn’t mean that that’s an impossible task. Different approaches to those you would normally use are used when fixing holes in stretchy fabrics.
As we’re about to show you, a hole in a stretchy fabric can be fixed in several ways. All that’s required of you are a few tips and tricks up your sleeve.
1. Repair with a machine
Before you get started on the fixing, set the machine to either zigzag or triple straight stitches. When you use a regular straight stitch on a stretchy fabric, it will pop out as soon as the fabric stretches.
Start sewing approximately one inch before the ripped part or the area with the hole. Continue sewing to about ¼ an inch past the area with the hole.
Note: Use a thread that matches the fabric that you’re about to repair so that the area doesn’t stand out after you’re done. If you have a clear thread, it will get the job done just as good. If you can’t find a thread in the exact color that matches your fabric, always choose a darker shade rather than a lighter one. Darker colors blend in better and will not be easily visible.
2. Repair by hand
Thread a thin needle with a thread in the right color. If you’re having trouble getting the thread through the needle, dampen it by briefly placing it on the tip of your tongue. Cut a piece of thread that has a few extra inches more than what you’ll need. This way you won’t run out of thread halfway through before the job is done. Pull the thread until the two ends are the same length then tie a knot.
Turn the torn piece of cloth inside out so that the seams are exposed.
While stitching, pierce through the fabric using the needle about 0.2 inches away from the hole. If you poke very close to the hole, it’s highly likely that the thread will come off and the stitch will fall apart. Ensure that you poke as close as possible to the previous hole so that the thread holds the hole together more securely after you’re done fixing. Make a final knot when you’re done threading.
Examine the stitches you made then cut off the leftover thread after the knot you made earlier.
3. Take it to a professional
If you can’t fix the hole on the stretch fabric by yourself, take it to a professional to do it for you. The hole might be too large and any effort to fix it could ruin it further. Professional tailors have years of experience and will fix it so well that it’ll practically be invisible to the eye.
Make sure that you talk to the tailor about your expectations and ask if they can do it.
4. No-sew methods ( glue or fabric tape)
There’s also the option of using glue on holes that aren’t very visible. You can use the glue to fix the hole in the stretchy fabric if you don’t know how to sew or you just don’t want to. Using glue is a very easy fix especially for holes that are along the seams or in spots that aren’t easily visible.
Go to your local sewing shop and find glues that are used to stick fabric to fabric. Depending on the glue you use, expect that it’ll harden the area making it less soft and flexible. Some products also lead to discoloration of the areas that have been glued together.
Read the instructions on the glue carefully. Different products have different application techniques and drying times. The glues are non-toxic, machine washable, machine dryable and provide a permanent bond. Besides repairs, fabric glue is ideal for trims, zippers, and patches.
Apart from glue, you may also use fabric bonding tape. This type of tape melts when it’s ironed and created a permanent bond between the pieces of fabric. This method doesn’t leave any mess and doesn’t require any drying time. The tape method works well on cotton and other types of fabric that can withstand medium to high heat. If the fabric doesn’t hold up to heat well the fabric glue is the best no-sew option.
Fabric bonding tape is also commonly used for hems so that no stitches are visible.
As you have seen, there are many different ways in which you can fix holes in a stretchy fabric. Using a sewing machine is often the quickest and most reliable method of doing it. However, doing it by hand is also a great alternative especially if you don’t own a sewing machine. Keep in mind that the techniques we mentioned above may also be used for different types of fabrics too.
We hope that you took away enough tips from today’s post to turn your repairs into a piece of cake. But if you feel that the hole in your stretchy fabric is beyond you, hire a professional to fix it for you satisfactorily.