Clothes made from stretch fabrics are loved for their comfort. They are stylish and always in fashion. Making them an always have in your wardrobe for many. Seeing that they are loved so much, it is sad when you find holes in them.
When stretchy fabrics have holes in them, you need to know how to fix them properly. You can’t mend them like ordinary fabrics. However, there are many ways that you can use to quickly fix a hole in a stretch fabric piece of clothing.
How To Fix A Hole In Stretch Fabric?
Fixing holes in stretch fabric garments is easy. There are many methods you can use to fix holes in this garment. One of the most common is sewing on a patch. You will do this by using a patch of the same fabric with your stretch garment.
Cut out a patch that is slightly larger than the hole on the garment. Thread your sewing machine and use an appropriate needle for stretch fabrics. You can sew all around or over the patch depending on the size of the patch required.
For large holes, sew all around the diameter of the patch for small holes, sew over the patch.
Method 1. Fixing Holes On Stretch Fabric With A Patch
Step 1. When fixing a hole on a stretch fabric such as spandex, this is the best method to use. You will need a spandex fabric or garment from which you will cut out your patch. You will also need scissors, the right stretch sewing needle, polyester threads, and a tape measure.
Step 2. With your tape measure, measure the size of the hole on the garment. With those measurements in mind, cut off from your other spandex fabric or garment a piece of fabric to use for the patch. Make sure it is slightly bigger than the size of the hole.
Step 3. Bring your garment to the sewing machine. Make sure that your sewing machine is threaded with the right threads. Polyester threads of similar color to your fabrics are the best to use. Also, ensure that you fix a stretch a needle to fix the hole on your garment. Any other needle will ruin your garment.
Step 4. Place the patch over the hole under the sewing machine needle. You can use a zigzag stitch to sew the patch over the hole. Now, if the hole is large, sew all around the patch to fix it firmly over the hole. For a small hole, sew over the hole to hold the patch strongly and seal the hole.
Step 5. Confirm that the patch is properly sewed in the hole. If not, you can repeat the stitches over the patch until you have completely covered it. This ensures that another hole on your garment doesn’t start from the same location.
Step 6. Bring your garment to the sewing machine when you are satisfied that the hole is fully fixed and wear it. Keep your spare fabric or garment of stretch fabric for the next time that you will need to fix holes in your clothes.
Method 2. Fixing Holes In Stretch Fabric With Adhesive Web And Patch
Step 1. You will need a needle, thread, fabric adhesive, scissors, and an extra garment or fabric from which you will get the patch to fix the hole. Make sure that your adhesive is washable. This ensures that the hole you mend isn’t visible after you have finished fixing the holes in your garment.
Step 2. Turn your garment inside out. Cut out the fabric adhesive that is enough for the hole you want to fix. Let it be slightly larger than the size of the hole that you are fixing for it to work effectively,
Step 3. Cut out a patch from a garment or similar fabric with the stretch fabric you are fixing. Make sure that the patch is the same size as the fabric adhesive that you are using. Fix the patch onto the adhesive and let it dry. You can leave it to dry on its own or iron on the patch onto the hole and fabric. This depends on the type of adhesive you are using.
Step 4. To finish off fixing the hole, you can darn around the edges of the patch. You will also need water when you are through fixing the coil. The water will help to remove the washable adhesive you used to fix the patch on the hole. This will leave only the patch on the hole and keep the repairs hidden away properly.
Step 5. When fixing a stretch fabric with a patch, you need an item of similar clothing or fabric from which you will cut out the patch to fix holes.
Method 3. Fix Holes In Stretch Fabric With Sewing Machine
Step 1. To fix holes in stretch fabrics with a sewing machine is quite easy. First, set your stitches to zigzag. Make sure that you set it in the normal levels so that you don’t have a wide stitch.
Step 2. When you start sewing, don’t start just at the hole. Start sewing about ? inches away from the hole. At the end of the hole, go beyond the hole for a similar distance. This seals the hole tightly without causing the surrounding fabric to tighten or loosen.
Step 3. When sewing stretch fabrics, always use polyester threads. Make sure that you have threads that are the same color as your garment or fabric to prevent having a part of your garment that is different from the rest of the garment.
Method 4. Fix Holes In Stretch Fabric Sewing By Hand
Step 1. When you want to fix holes in stretch fabrics by hand, thread your sewing needle with a much longer thread that you will need. This ensures that you don’t run out of thread while sewing on the hole.
Step 2. Turn the garment inside out before you start sewing. This ensures that you have a good visual of where the tear is and how to go about sewing it firmly and properly.
Step 3. When you start stitching, start your first stitch slightly away from the hole. This ensures that you have a firm stitch holding the hole and the area around it. This prevents the fabric from tearing around the hole once the hole is sealed.
Step 4. At the end of the hole, stitch a little more beyond the hole for better stitching results. Check that you have made your stitches as required, make a knot, and then cut off the stitches.
Step 5. Make sure that the thread you use is the same color as the fabric you are working on. Also, make sure to use a thin needle. In this way, you will not poke holes in the fabric as you sew. Also, when sewing, make sure you insert your needle as close as possible to the hole. This ensures that you use short stitches that tightly seal the hole on your stretchy garment.
How To Fix A Hole In Your T-Shirt
When you discover a hole in your T-shirt, you will need to act with haste before it ruins the rest of your garment. You can fix the hole faster when you opt to sew by hand. To do this you will need a thread of the same color as your T-shirt. Thread your needle to prepare to sew.
Turn your T-shirt inside out and expose the hole on your T-shirt. This will give you a good view of the hole. It will also keep your stitches out the right side of the T-shirt.
A backstitch is the best stitch to use to sew a hole in your T-shirt. Start from one side of the hole moving towards the other end. At the end of the hole you are fixing, make a firm knot with your thread. This holds the threads in place and prevents the hole from forming again.
How To Sew A Split Seam
To properly sew a split seam, you need to first identify that it is a seam. A seam on your clothing is the part where two pieces of fabric are joined. Different types of clothes have seams located in different places.
To sew a split seam, turn the garment inside out. You can iron it if you like for better visibility. Thread your needle with a thread of similar color to the garment.
Look for the seam line and check the length of the hole in the garment. To fix the seam perfectly, you will need to sew along the seam line. A backstitch or a hemming stitch will help to keep your split seam together firmly.
When you finish sewing along the seam make a firm knot at the end of the hole. You do this by making several stitches at a single point at the end of the hole.