how do I fix small hole in wool shirt?
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k web
(kbweb) - F

Locale: Tacoma, WA
how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/21/2011 16:03:30 MST Print View

Thought I'd ask those that MYOG. I have an Icebreaker 150wt shirt with an 1/8" size hole in the torso area from a fall against some rocks. I just need a simple fix. I don't care how it looks. Can I just do an iron on patch? It's not in a high wear area.

Thoughts?

Edited by kbweb on 02/21/2011 16:05:23 MST.

Nathan V
(Junk) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lake State
re : how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/21/2011 18:05:29 MST Print View

I put a 1/2" by 1/2" L-shaped tear in a merino wool shirt sleeve. I turned it inside out and sewed it up by hand with matching color thread. You can hardly tell the rip was there and has lasted for about 3 or 4 years now.

k web
(kbweb) - F

Locale: Tacoma, WA
how do I fix small hole in wool shirt on 02/21/2011 18:44:16 MST Print View

Hmm, I wondered about sewing. The 150wt wool seems so thin. Didn't know if that was even an option.

Edited by kbweb on 02/21/2011 18:46:09 MST.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/21/2011 19:04:30 MST Print View

Darning is the best way to mend knit fabrics. Here's how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYVZ6OvOW9Y

Obviously, you'll use a much finer needle and thread than shown in the video, to match the fabric. Make sure you run your thread through each of those unattached loops above and below the hole. Don't pull your thread too tight; you want some stretch in the darn to match the rest of the fabric.

Edited by hikinggranny on 02/21/2011 19:05:53 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/22/2011 00:42:39 MST Print View

Mary,

Just wanted to compliment you on being so knowledgeable in so many areas, and always posting positive stuff.

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
Darn it! on 02/22/2011 11:59:20 MST Print View

I was going to add 'ask your granny to show you how', but I see that hikinggranny (Mary D) has beaten me to it...

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/22/2011 12:56:59 MST Print View

Aw, thanks, Nick! (blush)

John Castro-Rappl
(Jabber) - MLife
Thanks! on 02/22/2011 13:02:42 MST Print View

Been slowly converting my wardrobe to include more and more lightweight Merino wool, so this will definitely come in handy once they start seeing some wear. Thanks!

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
how do I fix small hole in wool shirt? on 02/22/2011 13:34:38 MST Print View

I purchased a Smartwool 1/4 zip last winter and when I pulled it out to use in May a moth had made a few hole in the front.
My Grandmother and Mother had taught me how to Darn wool socks so I went to the fabric store and picked out some thread that matched the fabric and darned the holes. You have to look close to see the darning.
The trick is not to pull the tread tight, in fact when you start leave the tread loose for the first while, it will get taught by the weaving pattern of the additional thread. The mistake I make is pulling the tread to taught. It is darning, not sewing, you are not trying to close the hole by pulling the fabric together you are filling the hole with thread.
For socks my mom would put a light bulb in the heel (usually the first place for a hole) and then darn the sock. This keeps and even tension on the sock and saves you finger while you are darning, it also keeps the shape of the heel.