Reweaving

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At RAVE FabriCARE, we offer a reweaving service for those rips, tears, and holes in your favorite garments. Reweaving is particularly useful for repairing moth holes in fine wools and is the most “invisible” form of repair available.

Each rip, tear or hole must be seen and evaluated by our reweaver to determine what you can and cannot expect of the finished repair.

The notion that all reweaves will be “invisible” is, for the most part, a myth. Accordingly, no guarantee can or will be provided that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

Personal visit required

All reweaves must be brought in personally.

This way we can examine the garment, discuss your options, show you examples of garments that have been rewoven and help you assess the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Accordingly, we do not accept reweaving commissions sent in through our Local Pick Up And Delivery service or our Nationwide Clean by Mail service.

Pricing

The cost of the reweave and the time required to complete the reweave will vary according to the type of fabric, size of the damage, and type of weave necessary to do the best job.

Cost is based on the time spent on the repair. The cost to reknit a relatively small hole on a knit sweater starts at $30; the cost to reweave a relatively small tear in a wool trouser starts at $80.

After inspection of the garment by our reweaver, we will call you with an estimate for the job.

No work will commence until we receive your approval to proceed.

Please note that we do not accept “rush” orders for reweaving services (see “turnaround” below).

Turnaround

Reweaving is a slow, labor-intensive craft that involves the use of high-intensity lamps, magnifying devices, and the skill of the reweaver.

We operate our reweaving service on a first come, first served basis.

Given that reweaving is a slow, labor-intensive craft and that we operate on a first come, first served basis, it typically takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete a particular job.

Please note that we do not accept “rush” orders for reweaving services.

Guarantees

The notion that all reweaves will be “invisible” is, for the most part, a myth.

Accordingly, no guarantee can or will be given that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

All work is guaranteed not to come loose for the life of the garment (provided the loose threads on the reverse side of the reweave are not trimmed).

Reweaving methods

There are 3 reweaving methods:

French Method

Using this method, the weave of the garment is duplicated by hand. The hole is closed by weaving each thread in and out of all other threads. This method cannot be used on large holes or L-shaped tears.

No guarantee can or will be given that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

You should always assume that an outline of the reweave will always show.

Piece Method

Using this method, a piece of material is taken from a non-visible part of the garment and the ends are woven into the garment, thereby closing the hole or tear.

This method can be used on any size hole or tear as long as there is sufficient fabric to cover the hole or tear. On patterned or plaid garments the fabric must match exactly.

If you’re planning to reweave a hole or tear in the jacket/blazer or trouser/slacks of a two piece suit, it’s best to bring in both pieces. More often than not, the best place to source a matching piece of fabric is the hem of the trouser or slacks.

No guarantee can or will be given that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

You should always assume that an outline of the inserted fabric will always show.

Re-knitting Method

This method is used on knitted fabrics only.

Visibility will depend on the fineness/courseness of the knit, the type of the weave, the color of the knit and the size of the damage.

No guarantee can or will be given that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

You should always assume that an outline of the reweave will always show.

Clean before you reweave

If you are considering reweaving a hole (or holes) in a fine wool garment – a hole (or holes) that you suspect might have been caused by moths or other insects – we strongly suggest that you dry clean the garment prior to attempting a reweave.

For 2 reasons …

  • our reweaver will only work on garments that are clean.
  • the full extent of the damage may not be fully visible to the naked eye until after the garment has been cleaned.

It sounds more complicated than it is.

So we’ll explain.

You see, moth larvae are voracious eaters. And wool garments stored without first being cleaned contain all the nutrients necessary to sustain life for those larvae. These nutrients include proteins, mineral salts, vitamin B complex and cholesterol that accumulate on garments from perspiration, body oil, food or beverage simply by virtue of the fact that the garment has been worn.

The problem is that the larvae will often feed on the inside of a garment, on the surface of a garment,  or on certain threads in a garment. This reduces the thickness or strength of the fibers in places. So, when the garment is tumbled in a dry cleaning machine during the cleaning and drying process, more holes may open up.

In other words, only after the garment has been cleaned will the full extent of the damage be known. Only then will you be able to assess the economic viability of reweaving the garment.

Economic viability of reweaving

Reweaving is a disappearing art form. Reweaving is not cheap.

Accordingly, not all garments are suitable candidates for reweaving.

The following factors will, hopefully, guide you as to whether a particular garment might be a suitable candidate for reweaving:

  • The garment is relatively new.
  • The garment is a bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, hi-fashion, specialty or couture garment.
  • The garment was relatively expensive.
  • The garment is part of a two or three piece outfit.

As we have indicated, not all garments are suitable candidates for reweaving. So it’s important to weigh the relative cost of reweaving against the the value of the garment.

The following extreme –  but common –  example illustrates the point:

A client purchases a gently-used wool suit from an online consignment store. The suit is sold with the full disclosure that there are some “small moth holes that require repair”.

Based on the photographs provided, the client believes that the suit represents a bargain and that the suit can be transformed with a small, additional investment in reweaving and cleaning.

In our experience, the client invariably underestimates the cost of the reweaving and fails to understand the degree to which the reweave will still be visible.

All of which brings us back to the original point: Before you conclude that reweaving is a viable option, it’s important to weigh the relative cost of reweaving against the the value of the garment.

Factors influencing the possible results

The notion that “reweave” means “invisible” is, for the most part, a myth. Accordingly, no guarantee can or will be provided that the finished repair will be completely invisible.

Nonetheless, there are some rules of thumb that you might want to consider when contemplating  reweaving a garment:

  • The finer the weave, the more likely the reweave will show.
  • The lighter the color, the more likely the reweave will show.
  • The less “busy” the design, the more likely the reweave will show.
  • The more “frontal” the damage, the more likely the reweave will be seen by others.

Conversely,

  • The courser or bulkier the weave, the less likely the reweave will show.
  • The darker the color, the less likely the reweave will show.
  • The more “busy” the design, the less likely the reweave will show.
  • The more “hidden” the damage, the less likely the reweave will be seen by others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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