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What is the best way to repair a tear in my fleece?


What is the best way to repair a tear in my fleece?

Submitted by - Barry: W. Bridgewater, MA


I’ll be honest, Barry. I suck at sewing. I tried to sew a button back on my son’s school uniform not too long ago, and it fell off again with a few weeks.

But, I’m an OK researcher, so I went back to my friends at Rainy Pass Repairs ( to get the scoop from the pros. All the sewing-speak may as well be Chinese factory slang to me, but sewers will know exactly what Bob Upton, president of RPR, advises for a torn fleece:

“It depends on the type of tear,” he says. “Simple hand sewing should work on most fleece items, but we rely on machine stitching. For straight cuts or tears: Sew from the inside, right sides together, machine stitch (lock stitch) with a sufficient seam allowance to close the tear. Taper the seam allowance to zero at the beginning and end. For "L" or irregularly shaped tears: zig-zag stitch along the tear, joining the two edges together. Use a color-matched thread, as this repair is more visible than the seaming method above. An extra piece of fabric can be placed underneath if needed to reinforce the repair.”

So have at it, if you have the skills, or send your fleece to RPR, who will do a perfect job for a reasonable fee (starting at $16). 

1 Comment

  1. M.Jefferies

    I’ve torn my black RAB fleece in 5 or 6 places and bizarre as it may sound I’ve managed to repair it quite discretely using electricians insulating tape.

    The trick is to find the right colour tape. There are several different ‘Blacks’ Some are gloss, some matt, some are darker than others. For my RAB I found that a matt finish is the best I tried several different rolls before I got it right. Once you have a tape to match your garment simply cut out a small square and stick it on over the tear. You may need to replace it every so often, but it seems pretty durable stuff and its fast as well as cheap!
    Of course on close inspection you can see it but get that colour right and I bet no one will notice.

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