Denise from Glenolden, PA
I'd FIRST turn the sofa over and look beneath the dust covering on the bottom BACK SIDE for enough extra fabric for my own three patches:(usually in the corners) 1) for the "test"patch to see how the glue will work, if it will darken the fabric or bleed through? 2) for the mating of fabrics after glue is applied/dried, (check for stiffness after drying) and 3)for the final patching if both tests pass/meet with your approval.
Then I'd VERY CAREFULLY cut the burned edges off the hole with manicure scissors, carefully insert the patch that's bigger than the hole, and use a "marine" glue on a toothpick to gently apply to the lifted hole you've either squared off, or left nice and round. Remember that the glue will NOT come out, so place a large piece of waxed paper with the exact same size hole as the one being repaired, over the trimmed hole to avoid any drips of glue accidents, weighting it down with face cloths at the far corners, to avoid slippage or blowing away.
You'll need a light touch, not a heavy hand. Don't try to put too much glue on at a time, and place it onto the UNDERSIDE Of the patch if possible. When you think you have
covered the underside evenly and completely, VERY gently, as if working with collector stamps, press the
piece down a LITTLE, not too hard because the glue, if only a tiny bit, may ooze back out the cut edges. Have a new toothpick ready just in case, to remove any glue immediately should that happen anyway. Make certain you have added the glue to the very edges of the hole
underneath it before pressing.
If successful, I'd GENTLY place a book on it AND the was paper until a day has passed. check for dryness by GENTLY removing the book straight up, not sliding over the patched hole. This isn't going to be easy, but you can try to call the mfg. and pay their price, IF it doesn't work, right? Remember to use a NEW toothpick every time you load it with glue, to prevent it from dripping or sticking where you DON'T want it.
Be sure to squeeze a tiny ball of glue out into a jar lid, THEN pick the glue up with the toothpick as you need it. Do NOT be tempted to load glue directly from the tube, nor OVER the sofa. Work only over a paper plate or something like that, with the glue and used toothpick. Good luck.God bless and help you. : ) (07/30/2007)
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