Need to repair your wool garments? It’s easier than you think!
The woollen garments we make at Devold are made to last in terms of quality and design, but wool is a sensitive material and prone to catching on sharp objects. However, repairing a minor hole or seam is simple - and doesn't require much more than a needle and thread.
"You should always try to repair the garments you love," says Devold Designer Christine Haralstad-Sindum.
"Find a thread as similar as possible to the colour of the garment. Turn the garment inside out and start there, but although many people recommend sewing from the inside, I always work on the outside. That’s how you get the best result, and it gives you better control over how the repair job will look," says Laila Gaustadnes, Product Developer and sewing expert.
"With wool and other knitted garments, the faster you fix the hole, the faster you can continue to wear it. A small hole will quickly get bigger, and repairing will simply get harder," says Haraldstad-Sindum.
Damage caused by abrasion, or simply failing to make a repair before it's too late, can present bigger problems. But can they be solved?
"Big holes can also be repaired – but it takes a bit longer, and you need to be more careful so that your sewing looks good afterwards. It's all about making the hole and the repair appear as small as possible. If the hole is so big that you can't gather the edges, it may be better to sew on a patch from another woollen garment," says Gaustadnes.
In other words, if your favorite old woollen sweater can't be saved, keep it anyway as part of your repair kit. What you primarily need to repair socks, woollen underwear and knitted sweaters is a needle and thread. Preferably a thin wool thread, but regular sewing thread also works.
You might ask if you need a sewing machine? The expert’s tip is no. To repair holes in wool garments, sewing by hand is almost always the fastest, easiest and neatest way.
Any tips for beginners to start repairing their clothes themselves?
"Buy needle and thread, take your time and work in good light. A little patience is also a good idea."
And what are the things to look out for? Are there any classic mistakes to avoid?
"Make sure you sew into the stitches of large woollen sweaters, establishing a good hold on the sides of the hole, otherwise the hole will just start to unravel further along," advises Laila, who has created a simple step-by-step guide to make the job easier.
Enjoy your repaired garment!