While the idea of simply running out and purchasing a new fur coat each time your existing coat develops a small hole or rip may seem ideal, most people will find that this reaction is far too expensive to make a reality. Thankfully, this does not mean that you need to toss your ripped coat into the back of your closet never to be seen again. In fact, repairing those small rips and holes in your fur coat can be quite simple once you know what your doing.
Supplies You Will Need
- thick cord-like thread
- large leather needle
- needle nose pliers
- super glue
- small, sharp scissors
Step 1: Prepare Rip For Repairs
In order to achieve a virtually invisible repair that will stand up to the test of time, you will need to begin with a clean, even surface. If the rip or hole in your coat is uneven, you will need to create an even edge by carefully using a small pair of scissors to cut the edge of the tear. You will also want to trim any fur along the edge of the rip as this fur may interfere with your ability to create small, tight stitches.
Step 2: Stitch The Rip
Begin by threading your leather needle with a thick, cord-like thread. Be sure to tie several knots in the bottom of the thread in order to prevent it from simply slipping through the material. Starting on the inside of your coat, begin making small stitches along the edge of the rip. Pull each stitch tight and ensure there is no fur stuck inside of the stitch.
Since leather needles are so much larger than standard sewing needles, you may experience difficulty pulling this needle through the material of your coat. If this happens, using a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the needle can give you the leverage you need to easily pass the needle through the thick material of your coat.
Step 3: Apply The Finishing Touches
Once you have finished stitching the entire rip, you will need to knot the end of your thread again by tying it around the last stitch that you completed. After knotting the thread, use your scissors to cut the thread from the needle and apply a small amount of super glue over the last few stitches. This will ensure that the stitches do not come out during normal, daily wear.
Finally, take a moment to fluff the fur around your repair in order to hide the stitches.
While following the steps above will allow you to effectively repair small rips and holes in your fur coat, it is important to note that this repair process is not intended for dealing with large holes. If your fur coat has been severely damaged, you will need to turn to a professional, such as Hinsdale Furriers, in order to ensure the coat is repaired correctly.