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Date: 1/25/13 11:29 AM

hi y'all. i bought an awesome t-shirt at target the other day on clearance for $2.98. it wasn't until i got home that i noticed on the back of the t-shirt (above my shoulder blade) that there is a tiny hole. the hole is really tiny, probably 1/4" long and less than that in width.

i'd like to repair this hole as i'm concerned that if i just do nothing the hole (or snag) might get bigger or worse as the shirt gets repeatedly washed and dried.

i'm wondering what the best method of repairing this tiny hole in the t-shirt would be. the t-shirt is a cotton/poly blend.

should i use a small piece of lightweight fusible interfacing cut in a oval shape (to help prevent peeling) an affix it to the inside of the shirt? i'm just concerned that eventually the glue will loose its oomph as the t-shirt is laundered repeatedly and/or the glue might bleed through the fabric......

should i just find some matching thread and darn over it? i'm just concerned about poking tons more holes around the actual hole. not sure if i have an exact color match in poly sewing machine thread, but i'm sure i have a close color match for DMC cotton embroidery thread.

tips or ideas for repairing this tiny hole in my t-shirt for me????

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Date: 1/25/13 12:21 PM

I have repaired tiny holes in t-shirts before. I would iron on a small piece of fusible interface to the back side of the hole to stabilize it. Then I would darn or use satin stitch to close up the hole.

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Date: 1/25/13 12:42 PM

As above, or fray check will keep it from getting bigger.

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Date: 1/25/13 1:17 PM

I would mend it by hand with just tiny stitches in a matching color preventing the running down of stitcheas and than I would make a not of the beginning and the end of the thread on the inside of the fabric
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Date: 1/25/13 2:48 PM

I machine embroidery over boo-boos and then add a few more to distract the attention away from the repair, which usually cannot be found once the stitching has been completed.

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Date: 1/25/13 2:56 PM

I have repaired tiny holes in DH's tshirts before. I also used small stitches and carefully matched thread. The repair was nearly infisible when I finished, and I am, by no means, an expert at mending.

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Date: 1/25/13 3:29 PM

thanks for the tips everyone. looks like i'll be doing some hand stitching. i assume i should use the kind of thread that i would use in my sewing machine (i.e. poly gutterman) and not DMC 6-strand cotton embroidery floss (which I would separate into single or double strand).

do any of y'all besides the 1 commenter above, also use lightweight fusible interfacing in addition to the hand darning stitches????
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Date: 1/25/13 4:10 PM

I also would use very, very lightweight fusible. Since I have done a type of machine embroidery called 'free motion,' I'd probably also gently hoop the reinforced fabric, use fine machine embroidery thread, drop the feed dogs, and lightly stitch over the hole, imitating the knit stitch pattern (kind of like penmanship loops) rather than using something like a zigzag. There's a nice illustration of the general technique on youtube here.
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Date: 1/25/13 5:07 PM

I haven't found the fusible to be necessary and unless it was uber lightweight I'd be afraid it would stiffen the fabric and/or show through to the right side.
If you have a darning egg, that could be helpful as well.



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Date: 1/25/13 6:43 PM

A sweet old lady called the other day, asking me if I'd fix a sweater for her. Thinking the worst, I went to pick it up and noticed the only problem was a very small hole near the shoulder. She wanted it darned. So, I grabbed my darning egg (you can use a penny, flat) and some thick cotton thread and "zigzagged" by hand over the hole. All was done in no time. Did I charge her? No. Too easy and too sweet of a lady.

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