Repairing snag in knit tie

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  1. fancazzista

    fancazzista New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am sure this has been answered before but I was unable to find anything through the search function so I thought I'd try my luck with a new thread.

    I purchased a silk knit tie from The Knottery a while back and overall have been quite happy with it, but through everyday wear it has picked up a few snags, which seem to be bringing out the best of my OCD. Would this be something to tackle with a (tiny) crocheting needle? Should I just leave it to my tailor? How would I go about fixing this, if at all? Please advise.

    To be honest, this is my first knit tie and I have a feeling this may not be something to worry too much about, as it seems like this kind of thing happening is part of the nature of knits in general, but I thought I'd ask.

    Thank you.
     


  2. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Senior member

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    Just clip it with scissors, and keep pulling until the thread is out.
     


  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No. Do not do this. You can push the thread back in with patience and a needle. There is also a special tool for this that you can probably pick up at any sewing supply store. Or take it to your tailor and see what they can do (I doubt this would be very expensive). Removing any thread from any tie should be a last resort.

    (Though my above advice is more applicable to grenadines than knits...I guess it may depend on the nature of the snag.)
     
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  4. Flyswatter

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    Lol... I kid, I kid. :foo:
     


  5. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    Thread the snag through the eye of a regular sewing needle, push the needle into the tie as close to the snag as possible, pull it through to the back of the tie, tie a knot in the loose thread, and snip off the extra. I've done this on woven silk ties, but I don't see why it wouldn't work with knits or grenadines as well. You may need to modify the process slightly for a knit to make sure the loose thread is looped around a thread in the tie before you tie it off to anchor it. If the snag is small, you may need to put the needle partially through the tie before threading the snag through the eye of the needle.

    (It's more like hiding the snag than repairing it)
     
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  6. fancazzista

    fancazzista New Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions.. except for the "just cut it" bit!

    Claghorn, do you know what this tool is called, looks like, etc? I'll try pushing the the loose bits back in with a needle for now, but might just take it to the tailor.. Can't be that expensive. Either way I have to go up there this weekend to drop off some trousers so I might as well ask what she can do.

    thinman, thanks for the tip. I'll keep this in mind if any of the snags rip, but I suppose I should have been more specific and described the snags a little more. They are not bare threads sticking out; rather, they are still "loops" if that makes any sense, just slightly pulled out from the base of the tie. For now I will just try pushing them back in.

    If anyone else has any other ideas, I'd be glad to hear them.

    Thank you.
     


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