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Removing pockets from easy-iron shirts?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I've searched for threads on this topic and the consensus seems to be that it can be done on must iron but not on non iron shirts, but I couldn't find any info on easy iron shirts.

 

Has anyone had experience with this?

post #2 of 15
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post #3 of 15
You'll never get rid of the pocket stitch holes. Why bother? Just buy a pocketless shirt.
post #4 of 15
if the fabric has a synthetic blend it makes it harder to remove the stitch marks. Just successfully removed pockets and flaps from 100% cotton shirts and there is no trace of the old stitch marks.

If you try it and don't like the result, sew the pocket onto the shirt again.
post #5 of 15
i know that the sides of most non-iron shirts are glued and stitched to prevent puckering.
i have never paid attention to the pocket on these shirts, just that they are a pain to alter.

if the shirt has been glued and stitched, then I would not pull it off.
you can tell. the edge of the pocket will feel a bit thicker then a normal
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirtmaven View Post

i know that the sides of most non-iron shirts are glued and stitched to prevent puckering.
i have never paid attention to the pocket on these shirts, just that they are a pain to alter.
if the shirt has been glued and stitched, then I would not pull it off.
you can tell. the edge of the pocket will feel a bit thicker then a normal


Is this true for easy iron shirts as well?

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

EDIT: Sorry, double post.


Edited by Dimitri001 - 12/3/12 at 11:30am
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post

if the fabric has a synthetic blend it makes it harder to remove the stitch marks. Just successfully removed pockets and flaps from 100% cotton shirts and there is no trace of the old stitch marks.

If you try it and don't like the result, sew the pocket onto the shirt again.

I am going to try this just for fun. Thank you Despos.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Bump, one last try...

 

No one's done this on an easy iron?
 

post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimitri001 View Post

Bump, one last try...

No one's done this on an easy iron?

 

Just try it OR buy shirts w/o pockets...
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

Just try it OR buy shirts w/o pockets...

Exactly.

And, since I didn't see anyone mentioning it yet, - get yourself a good seam-ripper to do the job. Don't try it with scissors, knives, etc. And be patient, one stitch at a time - I've done a number of successful "pocket deletes", mostly on normal shirts but a couple on easy-care types. A couple of washings afterwards and it's impossible-to-near-impossible to tell.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by razl View Post


Exactly.
And, since I didn't see anyone mentioning it yet, - get yourself a good seam-ripper to do the job. Don't try it with scissors, knives, etc. And be patient, one stitch at a time - I've done a number of successful "pocket deletes", mostly on normal shirts but a couple on easy-care types. A couple of washings afterwards and it's impossible-to-near-impossible to tell.

 

Great news, thanks!

post #13 of 15
When the pocket is removed, use water to dampen the cloth on the stitch marks and scratch over the old stitch mark with your fingernail and then steam for maximum result. launder after this.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Despos View Post

When the pocket is removed, use water to dampen the cloth on the stitch marks and scratch over the old stitch mark with your fingernail and then steam for maximum result. launder after this.

 

I read about this method on the forum before (possibly from you). It worked perfectly on the one must iron shirt I removed a pocket from. No signs of a pocket ever being there at all.

 

 

Well, it seems I'm gonna go ahead with this experiment, emboldened by razl's report. Pray for me, as my student budget cannot tolerate a failure.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dimitri001 View Post

my student budget cannot tolerate a failure.
The added danger almost guarantees success. As an older, wiser once said: "Do or do not. There is no try" Go get 'em.
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