Reweaving

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At RAVE FabriCARE, we offer a reweaving service for those rips, tears, and holes in your favorite garments or household textiles. 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. For further information, please see “Guarantees” below.

At RAVE FabriCARE, we assign our reweaving work to 2 parties: “Less complex” reweaving work is assigned to our in-house reweaver; “more complex” reweaving work is sent to our outside reweaver who performs reweaving work for a small group of dry cleaners. 

Personal visit required

All reweaves must be brought in personally.

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

Armed with that information, you’re now positioned to make an informed decision on the result you can reasonably expect and on the economic viability of the project.

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

Our insistence on examining the garment or household textile in your presence and informing you of the likely outcome runs contrary to the manner in which most reweaving services operate. For example, there are many internet-based reweaving services that will accept any and all garments and household textiles sight unseen and “complete” the requested work.

Whether the commission should have been accepted in the first place and whether you’re satisfied with the result, is, to put it bluntly, of no concern to them.

At RAVE FabriCARE, we refuse to offer a reweaving service that will not produce a positive outcome and/or that is not economically justifiable. 

Our right to reject unsuitable candidates for reweaving 

At RAVE FabriCARE, we have offered a reweaving service for over 30 years. During that period of time, we’ve been exposed to a few situations where a potential client has insisted that we accept their garment or household textile for reweaving despite the fact that:

  • the garment or household textile is severely damaged, 
  • the very best anticipated result would not meet our minimum quality standards, and
  • the cost of the reweave relative to the value of the garment or household textile would be excessive.  

Accordingly, RAVE FabriCARE reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to decline a reweaving commission:

  • before being accepted for reweaving, or
  • after being accepted for reweaving but before commencing any work.

For further information on this issue, please see “Economic viability of reweaving” and “Factors influencing possible results” below.

Pricing

The cost of the reweave and the time required to complete the reweave will vary according to the size of the damage, location of the damage, type of fabric, type of weave, gauge (“tightness” or “openness”) of the weave and density (“thickness” or “thinness”) of the weave.

Cost is based on the time spent on the repair and on the complexity of the repair. For example, 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.

Please understand that the cost of the reweave may bear no relationship to the original cost of the garment or household textile. For example, the cost to reweave a hole in a $500 Loro Piana cashmere sweater will be the same as the cost to reweave an identical hole in an similar-styled $50 Unknown Brand cashmere sweater. 

After inspection of the garment by our in-house or outside reweaver, we will call you with an estimate for the job.

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

Upon completion of the work, no requests for a service fee refund or reduction will be entertained or made based on a client’s expressed “dissatisfaction” with the results or timing of the reweave.

Deposit

Over the past 30 years, a small percentage of reweaving clients have failed to claim their garment or household textile after the reweave has been completed and the client has been informed that the garment or household textile is ready for pick up.

Accordingly, we require a deposit on all reweaving commissions. The amount of the deposit typically ranges from 40% to 80% of the final cost of the work. The dollar amount of the deposit will be determined by the fabricare specialist assisting you. No work will commence until the deposit is paid. 

If the deposit and/or the final balance on the work is paid by credit card, you must agree, as a minimum condition of service, not to dispute or challenge the charge(s) with your credit card issuer.

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 and we don’t accept “rush” reweaving orders.

Given that reweaving is a slow, labor-intensive craft and that we operate on a first come, first served basis, we typically estimate 2 to 3 weeks for an in-house reweave and 4 to 12 weeks for an outside reweave

Please note that when it comes to outside reweaving work, we work with a reweaver who does work for a small group of dry cleaners. The volume of work accepted by our outside reweaver fluctuates according to the season. Fall and winter is busy; spring and summer is slower. Given that we are dependent on the delivery schedule of our outside reweaver, we cannot and will not be held responsible for any delay in the completion of any work by our outside reweaver.

If our range of turnaround times does not meet your needs or deadlines, we respectfully suggest that you consider other alternatives.

Guarantees

The notion that all reweaves will be completely 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 in-house reweaver and outside reweaver will only work on garments that have been dry cleaned or hand washed subsequent to the last wearing.
  • 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 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 to near original condition by 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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