Repairing Clothing Snags

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Repairing Clothing Snags - snag isolated against a paper towelKnit fabrics are very easily snagged. Here is an easy way to repair the snag using an unusual tool - a dental floss threader. Here we show the process on two men's shirts.


Here the snag is isolated against a paper towel to see it more clearly. Repairing Clothing Snags - snag isolated against a paper towel


You can purchase the threaders at any pharmacy and larger grocery stores. Repairing Clothing Snags - plastic container of floss threaders


Insert the threader through the fabric, from the right side, next to the snag. Repairing Clothing Snags - inserting the floss threader through the fabric next to the snag


Pull it down and encircle the snag with the plastic threader loop. Repairing Clothing Snags - pull the loop down and catch the snag, encircling it with the threader and pull through


Pull the snag through to the wrong side of the fabric. No snag visible! Repairing Clothing Snags - snag has been pulled to the wrong side of the fabric


Have another shirt with a snag, such as this purple one? Repeat the process. Repairing Clothing Snags - repeat the process on other shirts, here on a woven purple one, insert threader

Repairing Clothing Snags - pushing threader through fabric next to the snag
Repairing Clothing Snags - repair complete

This is an easy process and the threaders last a long time.

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May 28, 2009

How do I repair the numerous "pulls" in the new microfiber, polyester "stay dry" golf shirts? I have tried pulling the fabric in different directions and pulling the threads to the inside of the shirt, nothing works.

By JoAnne Barbetta from Central NY


May 30, 20090 found this helpful
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Hi, I found the perfect thing for snags etc from the "Clotild Catalogue" called "Snag Repair Tool" item # 145050 under " Handy Helpers" & the price only $2:28 each, - & to me worth it's weight in gold! I was SO impressed I bought one for each of my friends, now my sweaters & jackets that had snags look like new again, hope this helps. Cakedec

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May 31, 20090 found this helpful
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Is this is a fairly new Golf shirt? I believe that I would be tempted to take it back to the store where it was purchased. Just to ask if this is common for this type of fabric. Perhaps they would exchange your pulled shirt for a new one? Especially if they see you are not pleased with the fabric. Those type Golf Shirts are expensive too. Its a shame that it has pulls and snags.


Those little gizmos especially for snags are great! Especially for fine knits, sweaters and such. It would be a great thing to have handy.

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November 4, 2015

I recently bought a shirt from Lane Bryant. The shirt is 100% polyester. There is a black polyester underlayer, with a sheer multi colored polyester overlay. I thought there was a piece of fuzz on the shirt, it turned out to be a snag. Well I pulled it and it made a run and hole in the outerlayer.

If the material is stretched at all it runs even more. What can I use to fix it? My mom seems to think she can sew it, but I don't think she can. Please help! Thank you.

snag in polyester fabric


November 6, 20150 found this helpful
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I have done this to sweaters before. If the snag is long enough I would take a round tooth pick and stick the snag underneath and weave it back and forth till I ran out of snag. Hope this helps

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