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Date: 2/22/13 9:29 AM

Help, I have a pile of bras that need repairs. Most are brand new. In the wash the underwire came out of the bra completely. How do I fix it and how do I prevent this from happening?

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Date: 2/22/13 10:22 AM

This is a big reason why I handwash any bras with wires in them. I still had this happen with a 9 month old bra I made, and it was caused by me not properly reinforcing the stitching at the end of the underwire channel. If you post a photo it would give us a better view of how to fix the damage.

I have also heard of this happening with poor fit. If the band is too large it tends to move a lot during the day and then the wires pop out. Could this be a possibility with you?

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Date: 2/22/13 12:00 PM

I use lingerie bags and toss them in with the rest of the laundry. My washer does not have an agitator.

Before getting the new washer, I did have a couple pop outs. I just pushed the wire back in as far as it would go and that left a bit of fabric at the end to stitch it closed (by hand).

Hand wash and air dry would be the safest method.

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Date: 2/22/13 3:28 PM

I have not had that happen with a bra, but have had it happen with quite a few built in bra, kind of summer tank tops, made of cotton knit. But for either one, as would be really the same, the half moon curved under wire piece is pretty much is alway run through a narrow casing of fabric. Once a little bit of stitching undoes there, or if one end of the underwire is a bit sharp, and breaks through and cuts the fabric there, the under wire end is sticking out. Then you could pull it out, or in a load of wash it probably catches on something and gets pulled out.

So if holding the loose and out of bra underwire in your hand, you need to stick it back into, and thread it back into, the tube like fabric casing in a bra. Then to keep it from just ending up coming out again, you got to make sure it's sealed up in there. If a bit of underwire casing stitching came undone, you need to sew that re-closed. If instead, the underwire actually poked through and broke through the fabric there and then slid out or escaped out that way instead, then you still need to re-thread it through there, and sew that hole closed instead. Since it's a bra with a solid piece of metal in it right there, I think a hand sewing needle and just a some hand stitches is most times best tool for that.

If I actually had a whole pile of bra's that all had that problem though, and they were pretty much all almost brand new, I might just throw them all away, and decide to have way less bra's and just a few more expensively or nicely made ones though. So to prevent that from happening, I do think you get what you pay for sometimes. Also since it's a sharp piece of metal built into some fabric, if you wash them by hand and not in washing machine and dryer, probably less stress on them, and might tend to last longer.

On the end of the underwire pieces, most times there is something to make them less sharp there, like dipped in plastic or a cap or whatever. That would help them from cutting though and breaking through your fabric if that is what's happening. It might be possible to buy a whole stack of bra's from someplace that neglected to even have the underwire ends finished off nicely. In that case you could cover the ends with something like a bit of fabric to make them less sharp and not be able to cut though the fabric anymore. I believe in fixing and patching things up, undergarment wise with preventative, or a few hand stitches sometimes, as normal clothing maintenance, but if happening to all of them, probably just way past time to get some new bra's and better made ones instead.

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Date: 2/23/13 10:21 AM

Put the wire back in and make a little patch out of satin ribbon, and stitch it over the end of the channel. I've only had that happen once and that did the trick.

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Date: 2/23/13 5:08 PM

My underwire totally broke into! Don't know if anyone sells them.

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Date: 2/23/13 11:11 PM

sew sassy and fabricdepotco.com have underwires

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Date: 2/23/13 11:12 PM

I have seen them at fabric stores sometimes. And on line from bra making places. But if I only needed just one, and fast, I might just pop into any Good Will thrift store if I could buy a used and donated bra from there for $1 or two or such and then just "borrow" and take out, one of the underwires from it maybe? That would probably cost less than anything new even getting shipped in the mail. I would not want to probably buy, and wear a used bra previous owned by someone else, from the Goodwill actually all that much at all (even though I have no problems with most shoes that way) but since the underwire is just a little piece of metal, in it, and I would be tossing the used bra after taking the piece of metal out of it, it would not really make any difference on just that to me at all.
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Date: 2/24/13 10:15 AM

I've tried replacing them when they've broken. Never had any luck finding one that fit the bra properly. Then there's the additional problem of actually getting it out of the bra channel with destroying the bra.

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Date: 2/24/13 12:01 PM

Thanks for your tips. I usually find the wires have worked their way out of bras during the washing machine cycle. I always Let them air dry. I just hate hand washing, i dont feel like they get clean that way. I paid $36.00 for the bra, i dont think thats cheap. I will re insert the wire and sew on satin ribbon at each end to prevent the wire from poping through. It just seems like the underwire casing in most of my bras seems to be felt??? It looks and feeels like felt or flannel..?...






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