I recently took a pair of my shoes to the cobbler to have a small repair on the uppers; however, to my dismay, he fixed it by creating additional stitching (e.g. puncturing new holes and stitching through those holes) without asking me. These are my first pair of nice shoes (~$300), so I'm a bit overprotective. To make matters worse, he did a pretty poor job--the stitching is somewhat loose and may come undone.
In the case that the new stitching comes undone, can cobblers remove the stitching entirely and restitch using the existing holes or will the machines make a new set of holes. I'd hate to have multiple sets of stitching punctures. Additionally, I imagine having multiple sets of punctures in a small area may compromise the integrity of the leather and may increase the chances of tearing. Is this understanding correct?
Additionally, how difficult is it to hide extra holes via filler or whatever substance cobblers might use if it is indeed possible to remove them? Also, would these fillers just fix it visually or would they help repair the structural integrity of the leather?
I understand these are a lot of questions, and I appreciate everyone's patience.
Edited by jhwang116 - 2/21/13 at 12:56pm