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Repairing clothing

Help, there is a hole in your garment or your favorite sweater has started to pill. Don't panic, you can fix this yourself instead of replacing the item for a new one right away. Repairing is the most sustainable option.

Holes in your clothing, not on the seam

When small holes appear in your garment, for example at the bottom, this is often due to poor quality yarns. In particular, this occurs with fast fashion clothing. In order to make T-shirts as cheaply as possible, these chains often use single jerseys. This means that the fabric is knitted with one thread. Obviously, if such a thin thread breaks, you immediately have a hole in the fabric. T-shirts that are knitted with two threads are less likely to have holes, but this is more expensive.

What you can do is iron a piece of Vliesofix against the inside of the fabric. You can buy Vliesofix in different colors at e.g. the Hema. This will prevent the hole from getting bigger. And often the hole is not even visible anymore.

Repair a hole in the seam

Is there a hole in your garment and is it on the seam? Then it's easy to repair. Take a needle and thread and choose a yarn color that matches the yarn already used in the garment so you won't see a difference. Pin the seam closed and sew the hole closed.

The solution for a hole in your tights

Did you get a hole or a small ladder in your tights? Then you can prevent it from getting bigger. By carefully going over the ladder with a clear nail polish. Always start at the bottom. Another option is hairspray. This actually works as an extra layer of protection for the pantyhose and also prevents the hole from getting bigger. If the hole is in an invisible place, you can wear the tights longer this way.

This is how you treat pilled clothing

Many clothes made of natural fibers (wool or cotton) will pile over time. Pilling is caused by friction of the fabric. Pilling occurs both during wear and during washing. This is a normal process and fortunately easy to solve. So take the time now and then to take care of your pilled clothing. You can do this in the following way: use a pilling device to remove the small balls on your sweater and, if necessary, a wool brush to smooth the surface again. A peeler is available from Blokker or Cool Blue, among others. With the device you shave as it were the fluff from your clothes. Do you not have such a device at home? Then you can also try using a (blunt) razor blade to remove the fluff. Do this carefully, of course, to avoid holes. If you have a few lint spots on your garment, you can also use nail clippers to remove them.


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