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getting rid of needle/pin holes

carobanano | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi all! Long time no see. 🙂


Is it true that soaking a press cloth in white vinegar and pressing it against fabric will get rid of needle holes? I have an ivory polyester prom gown on which I oh-so-idiotically forgot to add seam allowances to the skirt. If it isn’t, then is there any way to shrink or remove holes? The dress is almost done, I couldn’t bear to cut a new skirt and start from there.


Thanks for your help!



  1. suesew | | #1

    Sometimes just running your fingernail over them will help. You are just encourageing those threads to move back into place. But on some satins pins actually break the surface of the fabric and there is nothing you can do - that's why one should never fold satin in a tight fold - the surface of the fabrics actually breaks.

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    Yep, getting the fibers to move back in place if possible. Wriggling the fabric, pulling a little on the bias this way and that way, sometimes works on some fabrics if the fingernail doesn't. Some of those polyester prom type fabrics are pretty accomodating in a few ways so you could do a test piece and try the fingernail method, wriggling, and iron (dry and moist) some pin holes and see what happens.

    Do you have some of those really nice silk pins to use? If you are still using those carpenter nail pins from JoAnn's cheap rack then you are missing out on one of the great pleasures of good sewing tools!

    By the way, how are the school applications coming along? Any choices yet?

    1. carobanano | | #3

      Pressing and smoothing with my fingers worked for the most part; however, I'm going to have to cut a new skirt because salvaging this one just isn't going to work. Nice way to welcome in the new year for me! *grrr*Thanks for remembering my application woes, though! :) I'm applying to Cornell, Drexel, FIT, and MA College of Art. Plus Penn State, but only because my dad is a professor there and I live in State College....so I have to. :Þ

      1. MegVT | | #4

        Did you try to use some steam from the iron?  Sometimes the addition of heat & steam (and maybe a little finger manipulation) will encourage the fibers to return to their original position. 


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