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Help save my silk

sewcrazed | Posted in General Discussion on

Is there any way to repair holes made from letting out a dart in silk charmuse? 


  1. Sancin | | #1

    I haven't sewn silk charmuse but am assuming the holes are from the threads that sewed the darts. In other fabrics I have been successful by grabbing the fabric on a diagonal close to the holes and pulling and rocking gently, release and rock/pull again, then do the same thing from the other diagonal. Really, are just dragging a few threads, closing the hole. Hope that makes sense. May have to do it several time - gently.

  2. jjgg | | #2

    if this is RTW, they often punch holes just short of where the tip of the dart is, you will not be able to fix that. If that is not the case, just try rubbing the area with your finger nail to push the fibers back in place.

    Edited 6/14/2009 9:26 pm ET by jjgg

    1. Sancin | | #3

      Yup - fingernail works too. If it is a small punched hole, do you know how to do invisible mending aka - reweaving / french weaving? I can't explain it but it is one of the best skills my mother taught me (use a thread from a side seam or hem). It is time consuming but very rewarding. Practice on a piece of fine muslin first. Check out
      - scroll to mending a moth holehttp://www.thefrenchreweavers.com/index.htmhttp://vintagesewing.info/19th/1892-sn/sn-02.html#clothdarnhttp://sewing.about.com/od/fusibles/ss/fusibleoptions_3.htm - using a fusible - as silk is very light and fluid I would worry about the weight of the fusible - try it behind the fabric first and feel the fabricGood luck - let us know what happens.

      Edited 6/15/2009 4:26 am ET by Sancin

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    I have had some success in hiding the holes made by lines of stitches in soft fabrics and taffeta by gently moving the threads back in place with a fine blunt end yarn needle. Just like using a fingernail, you gently nudge the threads around the hole back in place, only you can control it better and more accurately. Just gently scrape over the hole with the blunt end of the needle from all directions. Cathy

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