Does anyone have any suggestions for the repair of underwire bras when the wire starts poking through the fabric? I have tried hand-sewing them but they just poke through quickly all over again. Also, any suggestions for keeping this problem from occurring in the first place? Bras are too expensive to discard after a few months of use!
Carol from Iowa
I wrap the tip of the wire with a bit of duct tape and then stuff it back in and handstitch it closed. I find that even handwashing and hanging bras to dry doesn't always help. Sometimes I think it's because the end of the wire wasn't filed properly during the manufacturing process. (08/15/2008)
You may not believe this, I know I didn't when I saw and heard it. The life span of a bra is only three months. I know; could have knocked me over with a feather. I wear mine for years.
My son and I were watching that show "How It's Made" and they were showing how bras were made and everything, and that's what they said, the life of a bra worn on average everyday is only three months.
I only wear bras with under-wire and I never put mine in the drier. Over the years I've had a few that the wire poked through, they were either very old or very inexpensive.
Sometimes I would take needle and thread and try to close the hole up where it poked through, usually it only held for a few wearings before it poked through again. (08/15/2008)
I mended mine with a bit of strong twill tape to patch the spot. (08/18/2008)
I like the idea of using the fleece. Years ago I had only 2 or 3 bras at any one time that fit fairly well. When a wire would poke through, I pushed it back in, covered the hole with a piece of wide elastic, wrapping it front to back over the edge of the bra. (Mine usually poked through under the arm.) Then I handstitched this in place. The wire couldn't poke through the elastic.
Now that I am older and have more life experience, I wash the bras in a bag on the delicate cycle and then hang them to dry. Haven't had a "poker" in quite a while. (08/19/2008)
Those wires are mostly just cut off with a machine, not treated on the ends, and sometimes not even rounded on the corners, so they will poke through, and then you will buy more; end of story. But if you insist and want to get your money's worth, no matter if it's already damaged (like I do), then push the wire as far back as possible, and hand sew it in place just like you were mending a hole right at the end of the wire so it can't move at all. Then of course mend the first hole. The movement of the wire and our body creates the chances of the hole beginning. Quick fix, keep a piece of suede leather around to hot glue a patch on it, if you're a pro with a thimble, maybe it could be sewn onto the bra hole, colored patches can be found at craft stores. Good luck. (12/02/2008)
By Deby in IN
Try the BraLee it's a great way to save a lot of money. It's at etsy.com. It saved me because I can wear my favorite bras again! (05/15/2010)
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