How To Repair a Hole In Knit Fabric

Can moth holes be repaired?

The good news is that moth holes can be repaired. If the damage is minimal and the hole is smaller than 5 millimetres, then you can use fusible bonding web to fix the hole. If the hole is larger, you can use a darning technique to mend the fabric by interweaving with a needle and thread. 

Now that summer is nearly over and colder weather begins to set in, you will more than likely be digging your winter woollies out of storage. But what if you find your favourite knit has fallen victim to clothes moths? 

We recommend that you repair as soon as you notice the first sign of damage, as bigger holes are more challenging to repair. Follow our step-by-step guide and video tutorial to quickly and easily repair moth-hole damage.  

 

1. Find the following equipment: darning needle, yarn in a matching colour and the same thickness as the surrounding material, a darning mushroom (or an equivalent – anything with a rounded side)

2. Place the darning mushroom under the hole and pull the garment over so that the hole is centred

3. Sew a few stitches in the undamaged surrounding fabric to secure the thread

4. Stitch across the hole horizontally starting and ending close to the circle of running stitches

5. Next weave a series of stitches going perpendicular, working the thread over and under your stitches

6. Continue this up and down weaving until you have created a grid that completely covers the hole

7. Make sure that you leave a long end on the thread when you are finished so that you can weave it into the repair, rather than securing it with a knot. If you would like to secure it with a knot, ensure that you do not pull on the thread or it may end up puckering

8. To finish, gently press to flatten and blend the darn.

To summarise, you can repair moth holes in knit fabric at home with the right equipment and darning technique. Feel free to contact our team on workshop@clothes-doctor.com if you would like any further advice. Happy darning! 

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