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Date: 4/6/12 9:32 PM

My daughter is a speedskater. They wear stretch skinsuits. They often fall and put holes in their suits. I've never been quite sure how to correctly repair these holes. If they are small, I have just pulled it together and whipped it shut with wooly nylon. I was wondering about repairing larger holes. Is it appropriate to patch a stretch fabric? Any advice would be most appreciated!

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Date: 4/6/12 9:57 PM

I have no experience with this particular fabric but I have repaired knit fabric with a knit tricot fusible. This would work for a slash rather than a hole where fabric is missing. If fabric is missing maybe you can sew something on top and make it look like a design element. Just some ideas.

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Date: 4/6/12 11:23 PM

Whipping a tear shut can cause distortion. For practice wear, I think patching would be fine. Try to find fabric of similar weight and stretch and carefully zigzag a patch in place.

However, for real competition, there is specially heavy lycra fabric, and repairing and reinforcing that stuff is serious business.

You might need to go to a speedskating parents' website.

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Date: 4/6/12 11:53 PM

Ice Mom is a figure skating mom, but this page might help you with some starting information.

If the coach has been at this for any length of time, he/she may be able to point you in the direction of other parents who have conquered the problems of keeping the skaters in bodysuits that are not falling apart.

From me, as an amateur...
I'd work to be sure that any stitching lines from my home machines did not fight her mechanics. For instance, at an elbow, I'd hope to install most of the stitching horizontally on the arm in that area, not vertically up and over a bend point.

If you check this thread, Miscellaneous > Message Searches, Bumping Threads, you'll see a quick way to find an isolated search on swim wear with lots of great information on stitching stretchy fabrics.

I was unsure about referencing the Ice Mom link until I saw her section on applique. If you somehow end up on the IceMom.net home page, go to the pull down menu for Clothing to find the sewing articles.

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Date: 4/7/12 0:44 AM

I use what I call a "reverse applique patch" technique for larger holes. I'm often called upon to fix men's/boys' skating pants, gymnastics leotards and skating dresses.

If it is a large hole, I cut a piece of the same fabric and colour that is larger than the hole by approximately 1" on each side. I baste the patch behind the hole and then even off the hole area and fold the edges of the hole under. Baste that as well and then stitch down with a narrow zig zag or a reverse coverstitch. If you want to make this a design feature you can use a co-ordinating or contrasting fabric.

If it is a large tear you can pull all the edges together and then fuse a piece of fusi-knit behind the hole and then use some stitching to secure the area.

Of course with competition wear you want to make sure that it is a pretty good match for the original so that it doesn't show up but you also have to remember that the athlete will be a distance away so you have some lee-way.

For smaller holes I do pull the edges together and then stitch with a thread that matches the fabric colour. I've used 100% polyester thread as well as wooly nylon.

It's good to note that once the fabric has been ripped and repaired it will not be as strong and will likely not have a long life span due to the strain the fabric is under given the negative ease nature of the outfits. Most of the repairs I do are for items that were made for a specific program that need to just make it through the remainder of the season because new music or a new program will be prepared for the next season.

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