Repairing Stretched Out Neck on Cotton T-shirt?

I have 100% cotton t-shirt that got its neckline stretched out, but the t-shirt is basically irreplaceable. Is there a way to hem the neckline to make it tighter that also wouldn't be too noticeable? Thanks.


By Matt

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August 4, 20140 found this helpful

A couple of questions: Do you have a sewing machine, and if yes, do you know how to use it to sew knits?

If yes to both questions, the solution to repairing a stretched out neck on a cotton tee is simple - go down to the nearest sewing centre (JoAnn, Hancock's, or HobbyLobby - Michael's may have this as well) and purchase the best quality pre-made packet of 'crew neck ribbing' you can afford.

Pick up a packet of ball-point sewing machine needles to fit your machine if you haven't any at home. Follow the directions on the ribbing packet to apply to your tee-shirt. Easy-peasy:)


The thing is, there is a reason that neck became stretched out - if it happened over time with your wearings, you will be able to fix it However - either the tee-shirt is already too small so the opening is never going to be the right size no matter how many times you replace the neck ribbing, or the quality of the ribbing was poor to begin with - you'd be shocked to learn a lot of garment manufacturers use poor quality ribbing on their very expensive tee-shirts! You'll know about the original ribbing quality if replacing the ribbing solves the problem.

If after replacing the ribbing, the neck stretches again after wearing a few times, the shirt is simply too small. If this is a sentimental, irreplaceable tee-shirt, you can frame it for display but you really don't want to be wearing it again.

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October 19, 20161 found this helpful

Buy some tiny fusable webbing and fusable fabric one very light and one a tiny bit more sturdy. Lay shirt inside out on a hard surface, and put parchment paper down between the layers. (You don't want to fuse the front to the back) iron the hole and try to fit the ends back together.


Next cut a small piece of the webbing and fit on top then a slightly bigger of the interfacing. Put on top of that carefully not to move the hole. Then put a piece of clothing on the spray and put iron on (not moving) for about 10 to 15 seconds.

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October 19, 20161 found this helpful

Sorry answered the wrong question. This is for a hole in the shirt

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Could I reshape a wide neckband of a tee shirt with this method? The top was very 'boat neck' and stretched horribly when hung to dry.

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