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Old 11-03-20, 02:17 PM
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How to fix this?

How do I fix this ripped part bottom of my Rapha brevet gilet? Sent an email to Rapha for repair but they said they are unable to and gave me $45 voucher instead. Should I just take it to the tailor at my dry cleaner or just use some glue to put things together? 🤷‍♂️

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Needle. Thread.
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Old 11-03-20, 02:30 PM
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I wouldn't have the skills to sew that because it would extremely hard to get thread to anchor in that fraying edge. Maybe a seamstress would have the skills.

Ripstop or sail repair tape. Looks hardass.
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Iron on hem tape.
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My experiences of repairing torn technical fabrics have been best with riptop tape. Not pretty but it works. The issue is spreading out the load, which must be fairly high along that seam, and as we can see, there's not much adhesion between extremely slick tech threads. I'd fold it over the bottom of the garment and run it about 1" up both sides of the gilet's main body. I'm a lousy seamster, so if you're like me, you could try the dry cleaners and then the ripstop tape if their repair fails.
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This: https://www.amazon.com/Lindemann-RIP...ag=googhydr-20
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Rip stop it is. I had no idea there was such tape. Also thanks for the sewing advice too but neither have the tools nor skills to carry on such a task.
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I have a local tailor. He would fix this no problem.
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Tenacious tape

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Find someone that sews or does alterations. Your local dry cleaner or high end clothing store will be able to recommend someone if you don't know any that has those skills.

They'll usually give you an estimate when they see it. Personally, I'd have my wife undo most or all of the binding at the bottom and sew it back on. Might leave a funny curve in the area of the current pull, but when on you no one will notice but you.
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Old 11-04-20, 12:08 PM
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Gorilla tape.
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Melt the frayed edge threads with a lighter, then zig zag over the whole area, possibly with a piece of back-up fabric.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
I wouldn't have the skills to sew that because it would extremely hard to get thread to anchor in that fraying edge. Maybe a seamstress would have the skills.

Ripstop or sail repair tape. Looks hardass.
I've had a seamstress repair some bibs for me. I cost $16 and saved a $200 pair of bibs.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I've had a seamstress repair some bibs for me. I cost $16 and saved a $200 pair of bibs.
I take stuff to the lady at the local cleaners' all the time. Last cycling item was my Ibex wool jacket with holes all down the left side after my hit & run. She closed the larger 50%, but didn't want to be bothered with the others. Might have been 20 bucks. Jacket is simply irreplaceable.
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Old 11-07-20, 09:30 PM
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seam ripper to open the binding seam. zigzag a few times over the torn area to give it strength. insert into binding tape and seam it back together.

Or as per above... dry cleaners and $5.

edit: oooh just saw the melted edge comment... that (just be VERY careful not to melt back too far!) or the repair tape on the inside... before sewing back together. the frayed part is going to be 1/8" shorter, but dont worry, you'll never notice the 1/8 inch once its all back together.

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