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Anonymous's picture

"Seriously. I have a random issue and need the advice of someone out there...
I am searching for a tailor or seamstress in the City that someone has gone to and been happy with the results for the repair of technical fabrics (cool max and lycra). I am not looking to repair old and worn clothing, but rather to correct some very minor issues (mosty hems coming undone, or damage due to contact with the enemy of all high tech fabrics - velcro). I am not ready to scrap these fairly new $150 bib shorts just yet, and I am not the type to request a questionable warranty claim. As they say, ""a stitch in time saves nine,"" I just want the right person to do the stitching.
Any help is appreciated - mid-town or upper east or west sides preferred. Thanks!"

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Carol Wood (not verified)

Jeff, try doing it yourself. Hems can be easily stitched up, just leave the thread loose enough for the garment to stretch to accommodate those massive quadruceps.

Run the thread through the needle and tie the two ends together in a knot. it should be generously longer than the hem you want to repair. When you sew the first stitch, pull the needle between the two ends to prevent the knot from pulling through the fabric. At the end, stitch over the same spot several times and tie a knot also to keep it from pulling out.

Otherwise, try your local cleaners. Many have skilled tailors.

I don't know of any way to remedy Velcro fuzz, though. That's permanent damage to the fabric.

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Carol (not verified)
Ninth & 58th

I've used the tailor at the dry cleaners on Ninth just below 58th St. I've taken lots of things to her and always been pleased with the results. She made a short-sleeved jersey into a sleeveless jersey for me last spring.

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Jeff Terosky (not verified)

Carol and Carol, I'll take the advice of both of you; my new cool max socks I'll do myself, the bib shorts I'll try my luck at the dry cleaner. Thanks!

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Bill Vojtech (not verified)

"Fabric damaged by velcro or other abrasive fabric can be ""shaved"" with a clothes shaver. It's a gadget that looks like an electric shaver that's designed to shave the fuzz off the damaged fabric.

Try a housewares store."

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