It is easy to see that lace is one of the most fragile things in the world. Lace is one of the things you never wish to get damaged. You must know that however ruined it looks when it rips; you can sew lace back together.
Unlike sewing ordinary fabrics like cotton or polyester, lace is a bit difficult to sew together. If your lace dress or curtain gets torn, there is always a chance of getting it fixed. You just need more ounces of patience and time to get things done and make it look just the way it was.
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How do you put lace back together?
You can put lace back together in two ways. You can either sew it or use a liquid fabric adhesive.
If you are not in a rush to repair your torn fabric, the best way to put it back together is by hand-sewing. But if you need to fix it right away, you can look for a liquid fabric adhesive that can seal the tear in a snap.
Below are the two methods you can choose to bring your torn lace back to almost its original condition.
Hand-sewing the tear on your lace fabric
- You will only need a few sewing supplies such as an ironing board, some straight pins, a fine sewing needle, and a thread of the same color as your lace.
- Place the ripped lace on the ironing board to clearly see the extent of the damage.
- Position the edges of the torn lace together and using straight pins to the lace through the ironing board to keep them in place.
- Thread the needle using a thread color nearest the color of your lace fabric. Create a knot at the end of your thread.
- Insert the needle from the underside of the lace through an area where the lace print is thicker. Pull the needle through until the knot on your thread rests at the back of your lace fabric.
- Sew across the torn area of the lace with your needle and thread. If your lace pattern is a loose weave, then your stitches must also be loose. But if the lace pattern is a tight weave, make your stitches tighter.
- Stitch until you reach the end of the rip. Finish stitches with your needle under the lace fabric where the area is a bit thick to hide the knots.
- Remove the pins then, lift the lace off the ironing board. Create a knot at the end of your stitch, then clip off the excess thread.
Using a liquid fabric adhesive
- Straighten the tear on the lace fabric such that the edges are facing each other.
- If there are many excess threads from the tear, you can cut them off using a small pair of scissors.
- Place a very minimal amount of liquid fabric adhesive on the strands of thread and join the edges. Make sure not to drop a large amount of fabric adhesive as it may ruin the look of your lace fabric after it dries.
Both methods work in sealing the tear on lace fabric. Now that you know that there are two methods that you can choose from, you can pick the one which is the best fit for your situation.
How do you fix torn lace curtains?
Lace curtains are very pleasing to look at. But because it is dainty and fragile, it can inevitably get damaged over time. If you see a tear on your lace curtains one day, do not fret because you can still repair it.
You can fix your torn lace curtains with a few simple steps. Your lace curtain can be reused and will still look good as new.
- Check the extent of the damage.
Thread a sharp and fine sewing needle with a thread color matching your lace curtain with a tear. Hand-sew with loose stitches in the normal direction of the weave. Hide the knots and ends of your thread at the back of large designs of your lace fabric.
You can use your needle to push any stray threads from the rip to the back of the curtain.
If possible, tie the stray threads at the back of the curtain or if not, cut off the stray threads with scissors. You can also try dabbing a small amount of liquid fabric seam sealer on the threads to ensure that you repaired the rip securely.
Use only tiny amounts of the fabric seam sealer as the repair may become visible if the lace is soaked once the sealer dries.
How do you fix a tear in a veil?
The fabric used for a veil is either lace or tulle, which are very delicate and prone to tear. Looking at a ripped tulle veil may get you discouraged and just throw it away. But you must know that a torn veil can be fixed, be it made of tulle or lace.
Read on for a few tips and tricks to fix the tear on your veil to take note of before you panic.
- Take deep breaths.
- It would help to have good lighting and a lot of patience to get the repair done.
- Look for a thread that matches the color of your tulle. If you can find a transparent thread, that would be a better option. It is important that after fixing the tear, it would just blend in.
- Do not try to repair a tear on your veil using a sewing machine. It may look worse after sewn on the machine than when it only got a minor tear.
- Avoid using double-sided tape. The goal in fixing a rip on a tulle or lace veil is to make it look as normal as it should. Adding noticeable materials such as double-sided tape should be out of the equation.
- Pins have no use when fixing a tulle veil; they are just going to slip out. You just need to line up the edges of the tear before you start sewing.
- The best way to fix a rip or hole on a tulle veil is by hand-sewing. You can loop stitch the net stitches together or slowly hand-stitch to close the tear, making sure it is not noticeable.
- If you are pressed for time and stitching would be quite impossible, you can look for a liquid fabric adhesive from a nearby fabric store.
Dabbing a tiny amount of fabric adhesive to the edges of the tear will be your quickest option, and hopefully, it will be effective in sealing the tear and that nobody notices that there was a tear.
How do you fix pulled lace?
Lace is one kind of lightweight fabric prone to get pulled or snagged. It can bring out one of the most irritating feelings. No worries because there is an easy way to fix pulled lace.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are wearing a lace dress, there is a possibility for it to get pulled or snagged. It can happen when your lace gets caught on jewelry or sharp objects in your surroundings.
The important thing to remember is not to cut the pulled or snagged part as it can create a hole in your lace fabric and make the problem worse.
Good thing, the way to fix it is very easy and needs only common sewing materials.
- Gather from your supplies a sewing needle, a pair of scissors, and a thread with color that matches the lace fabric.
- Thread your sewing needle. There is no need to knot the end of your thread.
- Insert your needle inside the loop of the snagged lace and pull the thread until you make the end close to the loop. Knot the end of your thread around the loop.
- Then, insert your threaded needle right next to the base of the loop. You need to insert it nearest to the base of the loop so that it will be the least visible in the front of the fabric.
- Pull the thread completely to the wrong side of the fabric, taking the snagged part. Make sure that you do not pull very hard. Once the thread is pulled fully to the back, you can untie the knot from the thread or trim the thread with scissors.
Make sure that you do not cut the loop, or else you will undo your work.
How do you join lace fabric?
Sewing lace fabric seems quite challenging and tricky, but once you get comfortable using this delicate material, you will discover how rewarding your projects will be.
You can choose from three techniques in sewing lace depending on the type of lace you are working with.
- How to sew stretch lace
- How to sew sheer lace
- How to sew patterned lace
When sewing stretch lace, you need to treat your fabric like a piece of stretch fabric. Use sharp scissors to cut, and make sure not to stretch your lace out of shape as you cut.
Use a stretch needle to sew to prevent skipped stitches.
When you are using a domestic sewing machine, use the built-in zigzag stitch. For stretch lace, the serger is the ideal machine for sewing.
Sheer lace usually has a finer and more open pattern. It would be better for it to be lined or partly lined.
Your lining can be shiny or have a matte surface. Your choice will determine the effect of your lining on your sheer lace fabric.
Careful planning should be done before cutting your lining and lace. It is a great idea to cut the lining first and use it as the pattern to cut out the lace. Doing so will give you the best out of your design.
It would be best to sew the lining and the lace together to avoid seeing a lace seam outside of the lining. The lace and lining seam will both be on the inside of the garment.
Patterned lace seems to have the most impact but is more challenging to design. Patterned lace usually needs partial lining and seamless seams.
When sewing parts of the lace, it is essential to plan and strategize where to place the denser parts of your lace fabric.
Lace is an interesting material to use when sewing. It is classic yet brings out the creativity of many designers from generation to generation.