Making Shirt Collars Last Longer

Because of the economy and my husband's tendency to have favorite shirts, some are worse for the wear. Meaning the collars are completely worn out. Many years ago I learned from my grandmother how to "turn" collars.


Very carefully use a thread pick with a very sharp end to pick out all of the tiny stitches, turn the collar over and reattach it. Always check before starting this process to make sure you have the matching thread you will need for the shirt. The shirt will look very good and last a while longer. Good luck!

By Joyce Lambert from Nokomis, AL

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March 9, 20120 found this helpful

I have also done this and it works very well.

March 12, 20120 found this helpful

Buttoning shirts all the way up to the top while on the hanger will help them keep their shape longer too. Thanks to Martha for that one.

June 11, 20130 found this helpful

Believe it or not, I used to do this for my older brother when I was a pre-teen! And when his long-sleeved shirts showed too much wear, I'd cut & hem the sleeves to change 'em to short-sleeved shirts.


What amazes me these days is how many people will throw out clothing simply because a seam or hem has come undone! Sheesh, the waste!


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