Long story short... i have a variety of cashmere sweaters that i have owned for a 5-10 years that are getting to the point where they cannot be tailored or repaired to the point of being wearable still. In particular, i have 2 cashmere sweaters where the elbows are wearing thin and developing holes. I bought some elbow patches but my tailor tells me that suede is too thick and will not work. In fact, he advises that you pretty much cannot put an elbow patch on a thin cashmere sweater. it will pull and disfigure quickly. Also, apparently you're not supposed to wear cashmere every day, it's not as durable on account of being so soft? Mind you, 5 years is a decent run for a sweater with maybe 500 hours on it so what else can be done? and if tailoring / altering is required.... who can do it?