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DARN That Hole!

Oh No!  My favorite and most expensive wool skirt got snagged and left a hole – is there any way you can fix it for me?  Have any of your customers called and asked you that question?  And what did you tell them?  “Sorry, but I can’t fix holes in woolen garments.”  That little hole in the woolen garment is going to grow and grow unless it is darned right away.  Once the repair has been made, the garment has a whole new lease on life!  Let me pass along some information about darning holes in wool garments.

If it is possible to pull ravelings from a seam or the edge of the hem, or a like piece of material, these should be threaded into a needle and used for darning.  Use the ravelings that come from the length of the cloth for the lengthwise darns, and the ravelings from crosswise of the cloth for the crosswise threads in the darn.  Try to imitate the weave of the material, that is if it is a loose material do not put the darning threads too close together.  If it is closely woven material, make a tight darn.  Do not make knots in the thread.  Always work on the right side of the material to see how the darn is going to appear, but start and end the threads on the wrong side and leave loose ends of about half an inch of thread on the wrong side when starting and finishing off a thread.

If there are ravelings, try to match the material with a thread of the same size as that woven in the material and the exact color.  If the shade cannot be matched exactly always use a shade of thread a little darker than the material.  And always use dull thread for darning.

A good idea when darning is to put the material into a small embroidery hoop.  This will keep the area from puckering while holding it and keep the darn nice and flat.  If the darn is pulled too tight it will pucker when finished.  If it is too loose the finished darn will puff out.

After finishing the darn, shear off any small threads sticking up on the right side of the garment, but leave all loose ends on the wrong side.  Press on the wrong side, and brush up the nap slightly on the right side.

Sometimes, when it is impossible to match the color of the thread exactly, it is possible to find a fabric crayon or regular wax crayon, that does just match the color of the material.  Always try it out by marking a few strokes on the inside of a seam.  If it exactly matches, warm the crayon a little by putting it in the sun or in the oven for a very short time.  then mark back and forth over the darn on the right side.  Then put it between two pieces of wrapping paper and press with a warm iron.

Try this, and see how you do.  This is another area that you can specialize in – advertise it, and watch your business will grow.

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