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    Default How to repair a cut in fabric

    My DD has just started kindergarten and came home yesterday with a 2cm scissor snip in the front of her uniform!! It's only 2 weeks old!

    How can I fix it?

    I know I can get repair patches, but I've used them in the past and they always wash off after just a couple of washes! Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

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    have you got a sewing machine?

    if the cut is simply a straight cut, you should be able to just zigzag over it a few times to mend it. If its a hole, you will need to get a small peice of fabric and put over the back of the hole, and then basically just zigzag over the whole area a few times to cover the hole/patch fabric.

    you will see the stitching, but it will repair it and hold up with washing etc.

    Alternatively, if your child is older and 'it looks really bad Mum' .... you can buy special bond stuff (powder that you iron) that will bond with the fabric and do invisible repairs ... but I have never had much luck with it.
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    With little kids clothes you could also sew a applique over the cut like teddy bear or balloons to cover it if the sewing is going to show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu 2 View Post
    With little kids clothes you could also sew a applique over the cut to cover it if the sewing is going to show.
    yep - done that before

    not for school uniforms though
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    Nup not a straight cut- it's one of those kinda triangular cuts... like this... >
    So if I tried to sew it I imagine it would pucker and go all silly.

    And yes it's uniform so no option for a cute little teddy applique on it LOL, though I've done that with casual clothes.

    But OMG Katiesmum.... I have just been out this morning searching everywhere for that powder stuff to try.... everyone looked at me as if I'd a weirdo, so I came home, googled, couldn't find anything.... I thought I must have been going crazy!! I am SO relieved someone else has heard of it! Do you remember what it was called? But then you say you haven't had much luck with it?... so maybe I just shouldn't bother with it....

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    could you iron on a piece of interfacing to the reverse, then sew it up? might help stop it puckering.
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    the bonding stuff I had was similar to this

    I was using it for hemming some tricky to sew things ... and it didnt work that well on the fabric that I had - but I never used it to repair tears or rips, though I understand its great for it.

    I got it at a craft fair ......

    But as bubbleandme suggests - if you iron on some interfacing on the back, it wont pucker or scrunch the fabric and you will be able to darn it.
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