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Repairing Tights(9 posts)

Repairing TightsKermit42
Sep 26, 2001 4:19 AM
My favorite pair of tights just popped a zipper and got a hole in one knee when I went down last weekend. Is there anyway to repair them or am I stuck just buying new ones?
re: Repairing TightsTC
Sep 26, 2001 5:28 AM
You can call Dorothy Morell at Speedy Recovery. She fixes lycra products and does very good work. Her # is 1-715-798-4994. They're located in Wisconsin.

Unless they're to hard to part with it might be wiser to get new ones?

Bad news, sorryDave Schurr
Sep 26, 2001 6:14 AM
Both Dorothy and her husband from Speedy Recovery, were unfortunately killed last year, from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a malfunctioning heater. I'm unsure if the business still exists. Suppose you could still try the phone number.
re: Repairing TightsBirddog
Sep 26, 2001 6:32 AM
Quality Duct tape. It'll be a good conversation starter too!
Zipper yes, knee noElefantino
Sep 26, 2001 7:22 AM
Zippers are pretty easily replaceable by anyone with some knowledge and a sewing machine.
A hole in the knee, on the other hand, poses a problem. If you stitch it closed with a simple hand stitch, it could rub your kneecap and cause a sore spot, or worse, over the long haul.
I have a hole in my favorite tights (about half a dime size, on the knee) and on really cold days I put a Band-Aid over the hole with Vaseline on the back. By the time it falls off (as it always does), I've forgotten about it.
FYI, I'm buying new tights this winter.
Knee -- can be doneKristin
Sep 26, 2001 7:46 AM
Call the manufacturer and ask if they'll send you a swag of fabric and some thread. Cut a patch that's much bigger than the hole. This is so the seams can be placed where they won't irritate your skin. Pin the fabric in place and set your machine to use a double overcast stitch. (Stitch right over the edge of the patch fabric.)

If you lack a sewing machine, take the tights, thread and extra fabric to a local seamstress. She'll be able to hook you up.
I guess we now know who sucks at sewing. Me. (nm)Elefantino
Sep 26, 2001 5:06 PM
re: Repairing Tightsfishwheel
Sep 26, 2001 8:37 AM
Last year I went down after hitting a long patch of ice. The fall put a tear in my tights and my knee. My wife hand sewed the tear and then put some stuff designed to stop fabric from fraying (called stop fray or something, every fabric store should have it. It left a seam where it was sewn, but I don't notice it when I ride, and it is holding very well. I tore the tights in November, and continued to where them every other day until March ( I only have two pairs). Taking them to a seamstress just seemed to expensive for me.
those patches are badges of honor, or somethingcory
Sep 26, 2001 4:15 PM
They're sort of like scratches on your frame--you wish they weren't there, but they DO prove that you ride the bike...
I've sewed up a lot of them with just an ordinary baseball stitch or overhand stitch. It does make a lump or a ridge, but that's never bothered me when I'm riding.