I mentioned in my last post that I’d spent some money on having a couple of holes in my new suit repaired by a reweaver.  I got some questions about that, so I thought I’d elaborate.  It’s not uncommon to find nice clothes in thrift stores that have condition issues – rips, holes, etc.  Usually, that’s the whole reason the items were donated in the first place.  While that usually renders a garment unwearable and you should refrain from buying, sometimes it’s worth picking up the items and having them repaired.

Reweaving is more complex than a simple patching or darning job.  A skilled artisan takes threads from elsewhere in the garment, like an inside seam, and actually recreates the weave (or knit) of the cloth, filling in the hole or stitching the edges of the tear back together.  If the reweaver is really good and you have a pinch of luck, the repair is more or less invisible.  If you look really closely at the pictures of my suit below, you can just barely make out the two cross-shaped repair sites about an inch below the white threads.  Once I pulled the white threads out, they pretty much disappeared.

Reweaving is expensive, as you can imagine, since it takes such skill and is very labor intensive.  These two holes cost me $88, and that’s astoundingly cheap for this level of work.  So, most of the time, it won’t be worth the investment.  But if you have a beloved suit or sweater that falls prey to moths, or if you come across a multi-thousand-dollar suit that fits perfectly, like I did, sometimes it’s worth the investment.

Repairs done by Fabric Reweavers USA.


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3 Responses to Reweaving Info

  1. maven says:

    What do you suppose happened to cause the damage in the first place? I looks to me that the previous owner may have gotten “snagged” on something.

    I once passed on a beautiful suit for my teenage son because of a cigarette burn in about the same place as yours was damaged. Do you think that a reweaver could handle that, or does it work better on more geometrical tears?

    Fascinating subject! (BTW how did you find your reweaver and and how did you evaluated their skill before letting them work on this?)

    • Jeff says:

      The damage was originally due to moths. They ate a couple of round holes in the fabric. The repair sites are cross-shaped because of the way they recreated the weave to fill in the holes.

      I found this reweaver through a recommendation from an online acquaintance who said they did good work and were very affordable.

  2. HD says:

    I always use this reweaver for Ebay finds http://www.invisiblereweaving.com

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