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How to Fix Cuts in Polyester Clothes

author image Melissa J. Bell
A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.
How to Fix Cuts in Polyester Clothes
Keep the garment's tear from growing larger with a strong, stable repair. Photo Credit: Maria Teijeiro/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Durable polyester fabric, predominantly featured in athletic wear and weather-resistant garments such as jackets or winter coats, can tear under stress. Rough play in sports, a caught sleeve on a sharp nail or wire, or even an accidental slice with a pair of scissors can destroy the integrity of a polyester clothing item. However, although the garment's original perfection is impossible to recapture, reattaching the torn edges can restore the garment's general form and function.

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Step 1

Locate a small piece of polyester fabric that matches the color and weight of the torn garment. If necessary, bring the garment to the fabric store for comparison.

Step 2

Cut the fabric piece 1-inch longer and wider than the tear.

Step 3

Examine the garment lining, if it is lined. Remove the lining stitching nearest the tear with a seam ripper. Move the lining away from the tear.

Step 4

Slip the new fabric piece beneath the tear on the inside of the garment. Pull the edges of the tear together, and pin the fabric piece to the garment.

Step 5

Slide the garment under the presser foot of the sewing machine. Lower the presser foot over the top of the tear, and set the machine to a wide zigzag stitch.

Step 6

Stitch back and forth over the tear several times for stability then raise the presser foot, and cut the thread ends.

Step 7

Trim the attached fabric piece to within 1/4-inch of the stitching. Take out all pins.

Step 8

Pull the displaced lining back to its original spot, and pin down the detached edge. Reconnect the lining edges with a hand slipstitch.

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