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Hi, I’m Deborah DeMirza, and I’m a Deluxe,
a resale clothing boutique in Eugene, Oregon, and today I’m going to show you how to mend
a moth hole in a sweater. And what I do is find matching thread if you have thread that’s
close but not totally matching you would go with a shade a little darker rather than a
little lighter. And the reason for that is the darker shade makes it blend in more like
a shadow. If it’s lighter it makes it stand out like a light bulb. So I have thread that
pretty much matches and what I do first, I do three little tiny loops of thread just
real tiny, you don’t want to use a knot because knots can wear off. And this also locks your
thread into the fabric and if it’s open weave your knots will just go right through. So
I always use just the three little loop method. Pull it taut but not so tight it’s going to
pull right out. And then once you have that third little loop it locks it in, it won’t
go anywhere. Then you can clip the little pieces of thread off that where you began
it. And then I look for the areas that have been unraveling, you’ll notice that when you
see a little chain stitch that will keep unraveling, so what I’ll do is kind of go in with my thread
and lock those in place first. Just by doing a little loop into the loop of that little
line of weaving. And I’ll look for other ones that like on the other side there is one too.
So I’ll go in there and try to catch the threads on that side and then what I do is just kind
of pull those together, not so it bunches up but just draws them together, and then
I just work – I find that when I do this on the outside I have a little more control on
how it’s going to look. I usually do sewing from the inside but for some reason it’s looks
better on the outside when I do it this way. So what you want to do is just go across each
row and if you can just get them lined up, just so it has a neater line and it continues
the line that was already there. And then you might have to do it a few times to catch
the threads that aren’t broken.
And then you can go – I go to the side and catch a little bit of that side thread. And
that’s where you can go kind of underneath to go over to the other side, so that big
piece of thread doesn’t show. So I go back through there and then slide it underneath
and then start over on the other side here. And again you’re going to go across kind of
continuing the line of the pattern of the fabric. You won’t get it to totally disappear,
sometimes you’ll have that luck and it’ll totally disappear into the rest of the fabric,
but a lot of the times it will show a little bit. And then again I just go across underneath
it and go over to where there’s a little sideways hole. And then just kind of repair that by
going sideways through there. You just want to draw it all together. And then you finish it up by just doing your
three tiny little loops,
just catching a few little threads but not real close to the hole ’cause that will unravel
the hole more, and then clip the thread and that’s how you repair a hole in a sweater.

James Carver

18 Replies to “Tailoring & Clothing Alterations : How to Repair a Moth-Eaten Sweater”

  1. thanks so much; very helpful tips: use darker shade, use triple stitch instead of 'knot', lock in the chain stitches which are unraveling; work from the 'outside' (the 'right' side), the patch will likely show a little bit [great tip for perfectionists!). thanks again. 🙂

  2. Wish we could see what she is doing. You couldn't get the camera any closer? Or focused? And her description doesn't help since she seems to be assuming we can see what she's talking about. It sounds like she's darning it like a sock. How can that not stick out?

  3. Um, i have no idea what she was doing in terms of direction of stitches–was she crossing stitches across the hole in a random or a vertical/horizontal pattern? It would have been very helpful If the camera zoomed in for some close-ups or if she described more specifically what she meant by going "across the hole".

  4. Thank you so much for this. I just found one of my favorite comfy sweater coats with a hole in it. It's very old and irreplaceable.

  5. Over the last week I have come across 4 items of clothing with holes in them 🙁 Cashmere jumpers; merino wool top and my cotton leggings!! I plan to spend some time going through my wardrobe and checking out my 'hole' collection and then will use your technique to sew the clothing that is salvageable. Thank you very much for a very useful video (you have given me hope). I agree with the other comments that it would have been nice to have a bit more of a macro view! 🙂 x

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