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Date: 5/16/14 1:50 PM

I have a couple of great new bras, one of which has a scratchy tab on the "hook" side. If I wear it on the first "loop", it drives me crazy all day. Closer inspections shows that it has been more or less finished with a rolled hem type stitch, but it didn't go around the sharp corner well and has left some of the stiff interfacing (or whatever the base fabric is) exposed.

I don't think I could successfully serge around the corner with a rolled hem, either, so I wonder if a hand stitched blanket stitch with stitches very close together is any sort of a fix for it?

The area is much too small to consider covering with a softer fabric and if I trim the stiffener away, I am still left with a semi-finished tab. Any other bright ideas?

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Date: 5/16/14 2:12 PM

I've had this problem in the past at times. With my sensitive skin what you propose (in your pix link) would not work for me. I would indeed cover with a softer fabric and do by hand; something like a seam binding has worked for me in the past. A scrap piece of lining material would work also.

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Date: 5/16/14 2:29 PM

When that happened to me I folded and wrapped a piece of tissue (Kleenex) around that area. It immediately eliminated the scratchiness. I never permanently fixed it, though.

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Date: 5/16/14 4:53 PM

I would hand sew something soft, like flannel, to the loop side so that it extended past the end of the loop side and went behind the hook side. The tricky part would be getting it in the right place once you put the bra on.

The other thought is to hand stitch some wooly nylon around the edges of the hook side.

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Date: 5/16/14 6:11 PM

ccris - doh! head smack. That is the sort of thing I would typically think of. I guess I was too distracted by the scratchiness to think of it.

simplystitches - both great ideas. Thanks!

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Date: 5/17/14 3:55 AM

I often have the same problem so buy a band size bigger. Which is why I need to get in gear and make my own!!
I also have used a flannel layered extension piece. Sometimes I have cut off the RTW hooks and sewn on a softer one. Another idea is a bra extender which will keep that raw fabric edge covered.

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Date: 5/17/14 5:51 PM

I had the same problem with new bras. I used a nail file to soften the sharp edges.

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Date: 5/21/14 9:44 AM

I have often had this same problem! Great ideas, everyone!!

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Date: 8/27/14 10:47 AM

Update - I used small scissors to pry between the stitches and cut off the scratchy bit then stitched by hand around the corner. Problem solved.

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