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Repairing pulls in a grenadine tie?

perpetua

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Help! I love this navy grenadine tie I bought this summer from Paul at Chipp 2, but it's lately, mysteriously got a couple snags in it. I don't know how it happened; my best guess is that I did it myself while tying or untying it, since I've often got rough fingertips from playing guitar.

At any rate, how should I fix it? The snags are each closed loops, so part of me thinks I should just open up the back and try to pull each one back in. I'm not sure if that's a permanent fix, though. Another part of me thinks I should just snip them off like you would a wool sweater pill "” but I can't undo that if it doesn't work. What do you think?

(By the way, let this serve as an endorsement of Paul's very affordable grenadines. I paid $42 for this one, and it's made in the USA of a great, heavy silk. Ignore the weird red coloration "” that must be from the camera, since I can't see it looking at the tie in person.)

 

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Do not, I repeat, Do Not snip them. Your first inclination to open up the tie and pull them through is the correct answer. This has been discussed before and David Hober, the zen master of grenadine ties, stated that pulling them through is what should be done.
 

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Who came up with the idea of snipping the loose threads? I know everyone on here aren't scientists and people who use logic in life, but how come snipping threads comes naturally to one's mind? We get this question at least once a week it appears and snipping it is always the first thing people ask about.
 

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Originally Posted by sonlegoman
Who came up with the idea of snipping the loose threads? I know everyone on here aren't scientists and people who use logic in life, but how come snipping threads comes naturally to one's mind? We get this question at least once a week it appears and snipping it is always the first thing people ask about.

Fabric pulls and loose threads are not the same things. A pull can be "pulled back" into place, at least to some degree. A loose thread cannot be repaired as easily, and is usually clipped.
 

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Originally Posted by sonlegoman
Who came up with the idea of snipping the loose threads? I know everyone on here aren't scientists and people who use logic in life, but how come snipping threads comes naturally to one's mind? We get this question at least once a week it appears and snipping it is always the first thing people ask about.

well, we learned it from sweaters I suppose
 

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My wife uses a very tiny crochet hook to pull threads like this back through. I don't think you need to open up the tie. She always says that to snip a looped thread like that is to cut a hole in the garment.
 

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Originally Posted by Don Carlos
Fabric pulls and loose threads are not the same things. A pull can be "pulled back" into place, at least to some degree. A loose thread cannot be repaired as easily, and is usually clipped.

Sorry, I wasn't using the right terminology. I meant a loose loop or pulled loop.
 

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Thanks, all, for the guidance. Clearly my first instinct was not the right one. So can I just snip the little thread that holds the folded back together, then pull each loop back through with tweezers, then resew the back? Is this something I should trust myself to do, having never really sewn more than a few buttons?
 

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Originally Posted by perpetua
Thanks, all, for the guidance. Clearly my first instinct was not the right one. So can I just snip the little thread that holds the folded back together, then pull each loop back through with tweezers, then resew the back? Is this something I should trust myself to do, having never really sewn more than a few buttons?

I've never done it, but I think getting the slip stitch right may be a hassle.
 

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Does anyone have that computer generated image of where the threads in a grenadine weave goes? I've managed to snag both of my new Kent Wang Grenadine ties and need to fix it fore my dear heart gives in
 

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Originally Posted by dtk_King
Does anyone have that computer generated image of where the threads in a grenadine weave goes? I've managed to snag both of my new Kent Wang Grenadine ties and need to fix it fore my dear heart gives in


Garza Fina :





Garza Grossa :


 

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Originally Posted by HarleyBob
Do not, I repeat, Do Not snip them. Your first inclination to open up the tie and pull them through is the correct answer. This has been discussed before and David Hober, the zen master of grenadine ties, stated that pulling them through is what should be done.

Well, how exactly do you putt it through then??

Spoo,

My hands are always dry, especially during this time of the year. I feel your pain.

Cheers
 

Sam Hober

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For a simple repair you would use a needle to pull the loose stick back into the tie - without opening the tie.

For a complex repair you would need to open the tie. To correctly sew a slip stitch closing the tie is a lot harder than it appears.
 

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