Fixing a Pull in a Silk Tie

A StyleForum user named Orgetorix recommended this method for repairing a pulled thread in silk.  He says it’s worked for him a number of times… the next time I’m going to try this before I throw away a tie with a conspicuous pull.

Here’s a technique I’ve used with success to fix pulls in silk: Thread a fine needle with normal thread like you’d use to sew on a button. Don’t wax it or anything—you want some friction. Using a magnifying glass if necessary, try to stick the point of the needle through the silk fabric at the exact point where one end of the pulled thread comes out. You’re trying to get it through the same “hole” in the weave. Pull the needle and thread through to the other side of the fabric and all the way out. If you’re lucky, the friction of the thread passing through the hole will take the pulled thread with it and pull it to the back of the fabric where it’s unseen.

Hope this makes sense. It’s worked for me on various silks, mainly on ties.

After checking out our post on making your own pocket squares, Brandon from San Francisco stopped by the fabric store, bought some silk and made this little beauty.  Great work!

After checking out our post on making your own pocket squares, Brandon from San Francisco stopped by the fabric store, bought some silk and made this little beauty.  Great work!

If you’re feeling handy, like me, then here’s an excellent step-by-step guide to making your own pocket squares.  You can start with almost any fabric you’d like (like old bedsheets or a torn shirt), and all you need is a needle and thread.

If you’re feeling handy, like me, then here’s an excellent step-by-step guide to making your own pocket squares.  You can start with almost any fabric you’d like (like old bedsheets or a torn shirt), and all you need is a needle and thread.

Bow Tie Making Club

I’m starting a bow tie making club. 

All you need to join is a sewing machine and a desire to make bow ties.

First meeting starts after I go to the sewing store and buy some interfacing.

Who’s in?

I made something.
A few months ago, my wife and I decided to learn to sew.  Our ambitions, to begin, were modest.  She would maybe make a skirt, or a romper.  I would make a scarf.
Of course, the sewing classes at my local community college were all-female affairs (with the exception of yours truly), and they were dedicated to making skirts.  Luckily, I was able to pick up enough skill that when my mom found us a sewing machine at an estate sale, I achieved my dreams: a scarf.
First, I bought some Harris Tweed yardage on eBay.  The color is tough to see in the photo - it’s sort of a gunmetal gray, with a tinge of blue and flecks of green and blue-green.  Then I headed down to my local fabric superstore (Michael Levine, in downtown LA) for a lining.  I initially intended to go with silk, but was struck by a beautiful linen woven in Italy by Armani.  I’m not a huge Armani fan, myself, but the fabric was undeniable, and had the heft to stand up to the tweed, along with the softness to be next to my tender neck.
I cut the fabric (the scarf is about 6”x70”), pinned it, sewed the edges to bind them, then ran a straight stitch down three and a half sides.  Got my fingers in there, pulled it right side out, and pressed the seams flat with my iron.  Then I closed the hole I’d pulled it through with a bit of Tear Mender, and voila!
Who knows… maybe if you’re lucky I’ll start a side business.

I made something.

A few months ago, my wife and I decided to learn to sew.  Our ambitions, to begin, were modest.  She would maybe make a skirt, or a romper.  I would make a scarf.

Of course, the sewing classes at my local community college were all-female affairs (with the exception of yours truly), and they were dedicated to making skirts.  Luckily, I was able to pick up enough skill that when my mom found us a sewing machine at an estate sale, I achieved my dreams: a scarf.

First, I bought some Harris Tweed yardage on eBay.  The color is tough to see in the photo - it’s sort of a gunmetal gray, with a tinge of blue and flecks of green and blue-green.  Then I headed down to my local fabric superstore (Michael Levine, in downtown LA) for a lining.  I initially intended to go with silk, but was struck by a beautiful linen woven in Italy by Armani.  I’m not a huge Armani fan, myself, but the fabric was undeniable, and had the heft to stand up to the tweed, along with the softness to be next to my tender neck.

I cut the fabric (the scarf is about 6”x70”), pinned it, sewed the edges to bind them, then ran a straight stitch down three and a half sides.  Got my fingers in there, pulled it right side out, and pressed the seams flat with my iron.  Then I closed the hole I’d pulled it through with a bit of Tear Mender, and voila!

Who knows… maybe if you’re lucky I’ll start a side business.