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Topic: 40's satiny western shirt repair  (Read 575 times)
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« on: December 21, 2009 01:05:53 PM »

I'd like some input on how to best repair this shirt before I touch it because it's SUCH an awesome shirt. (My first Nathan Turk- I can't tell you how many YEARS I've wanted one... and I was lucky enough to get it for a very small fraction of what it's worth!)

The satin has pulled away from the piping at the bottom of one of the smile pockets and is a bit frayed. The lining of the pocket is completely intact and still attached to the piping- it's a slightly different color though, so I don't want it to show. 

I was thinking of using a bit of adhesive stabilizer under the fray, then sewing it down and trimming it. Or maybe just sewing over the fray, using heavier stitching to cover any of the pocket lining that shows. I don't know. I'd already have fixed the darn thing and it would probably look fine, but I'm so head over heels for this shirt I can't just wing it like I usually do.

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009 12:21:25 PM »

Satin is so tricky. I think your best shot would be to use a teensy bit of fray-check along the raw edge, and then use a tricot fusible underneath to stabilize. Then, stitch to secure, but not too much because overstitching it will destroy the satin. You may be able to get away with just stabilizing it, if it looks OK then I wouldn't overstitch.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to find a scrap of similar weight satin fabric, replicate the problem, and experiement with that first. That way you won't be experimenting with your actual garment.

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