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Mending ripped lycra(2 posts)

Mending ripped lycraTypeOne
Feb 11, 2003 1:27 PM
Ok, any tailors out there? So I took a corner on some ice this morning and down I went. Nothing hurt too badly except for some nasty roadrash on my knee. Of course the heavy lycra tights I was wearing are shredded in the knee area. I don't want to toss 'em, and I don't want to wear 'em either. What's the best way to patch it up? Heavy-duty threads and sew it closed, or patch it up from the inside? It won't look good, but so what.
Any advice that involves using a sewing machine is beyond my abilities.
My wife is a tailor...SnowBlind
Feb 11, 2003 1:41 PM
she fixed a pair of Castelli's with a small patch off a pair of old bike shorts, just a bit larger than the hole... then used a zigzag stitch around the edges. (that would be a sewing machine bit, but you would do the same with a needle)
Even she is impressed that it has held together for about 10 rides, given that strech fabric is very hard to repair correctly. The key is that it has to strech at the same rate as the original material.