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Fixing a lose/looped thread (damage) to tie?


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Jan 17, 2010
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So I was getting ready this weekend to put on a Thomas Pink tie that my wife bought me last year for our engagement. Of course, I had a little hang nail and I accidently pulled a little bit of thread around the area where it will be the most noticeable. The tie has a lot of sentinmentle value to me, and my wife was equally upset that I potentially damaged the tie permanently.

At first I thought I would try and fix it by using one of my double edge razors (they are super sharp) to slice/cut off the little loop that is sticking out. But I am sure there is a more better fix, and I have a feeling I will do more damage if I slice off the loop.

I don't know how I would "work" the loop back into the fabric. I guess I can take it to a tailor, but I haven't had any luck here in Toronto goign to a reputable tailor who does decent work.

Any suggestions or tips on how to work/fix this little loop that is sticking out from my tie?


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Nov 17, 2006
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Please perform a search, this has been covered many times.


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Jul 8, 2007
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One of the vendors on here reminds me that every time you buy a tie you have to imagine that the soup is already on it. Silk ties are like silk stockings - they're beautiful but fragile, and they all get ruined eventually. Oh, and enjoy married life. After you're married, everything is a silk tie with sentimental value.

Sam Hober

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Jan 4, 2005
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SFA, You are correct - do not cut the loop. Gently push the loop back into the tie. When time allows I will make a tutorial for this.


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Jan 17, 2010
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Originally Posted by Sam Hober

You are correct - do not cut the loop.

Gently push the loop back into the tie.

When time allows I will make a tutorial for this.

Thanks. I found this post from another forum, I've pasted it below and I will give it a shot tonight when I am home:

I actually look FIRST for any snagged ties, since I've developed a method of repairing them quickly. This often doubles my savings on fine woven-silk ties.

My technique is a variant of the method used for desnagging sweaters, but reworked for finer silk fabrcs. Here's my approach:

Pick out a sewing needle with a medium eye. Thread about 3 feet of what seamstresses call "dual duty" thread through it-- this just means halfway between fine and heavy thread. At one end of the thread , tie three or four small granny knots at half inch intervals. Even the two ends. You now have a compound-action tie-desnagger.

Take the tie. While wearing reading glasses, place the point of the needle at the precise point where one part of the snag loop sticks out of the tie fabric. Push the needle through the face of the tie, through the lining, and have the point emerge through the back seam.

With a series of short jerks, pull the needle, which will cause the two lengths of coarse thread to pull the snag rearward, back into the fabric of the tie. Pull the UNKNOTTED side of the thread through first.

The final stage of the snag correction should occur when the knots pass through the fabric, grabbing any remaining snagged fabric and dragging it into the tie's interior.

Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.

I have also used this method to correct a horrendous snag in a Corneliani pure-silk sportcoat.

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