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Rip in my OrgXIII Coat! What should I do?! D: [Jul. 15th, 2010|01:23 pm]
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Hello everyone! I recently wore my Organization XIII coat to a con for the first time. When I got home, I realized that the parts where the top of the pockets meet the seams had rips about 5 inches long. Here are some pictures:

I've circled the area of the coat in which the rips are (keep in mind there is one on each side of the coat:

Does anyone have any recommendations as to how to mend the rips? I really love this coat and spent a good deal of money on it...the website from where I bought the coat says it is made from artificial leather.

My first thought was to whip-stitch them but I feel like that might look bad/not hold up for long...

Anything would help! Thanks everyone.

EDIT: Made thumbnails smaller so I didn't take up the whole page ^^;

EDIT#2: This coat is lined. Sorry I didn't mention that earlier.

[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2010-07-15 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'd try stitch-witchery, yeah. Or maybe some other type of fabric glue. :/ You could try stitching it very small, but it would still show a bit.
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[User Picture]From: mightybutsmall
2010-07-19 12:48 am (UTC)
Hmmm stitch-witchery eh? I think I saw that at the craft store...I'll have to go back there.
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[User Picture]From: shinigami81383
2010-07-15 09:59 pm (UTC)
*whistles* wow thats quite the rip. Like pinkheart said if you sew it it'll show but most methods you use to fix it will show a line. If you're really careful you might be able to sew the fabric backing back toghether but the front may pucker a little bit.

Another method would be possibly to patch it from the back and using something like superglue to hold it together. I'd suggest fabritac but although it will hold to the fabric backing it probably won't hold as well to the actual pleather parts. If its not lined, lay out your jacket so both parts are flat and the edges meet up cleanly. Then take a strip of fabric (something the doesn't stretch would be my suggestion) and carefully glue it around the area. Then flip the entire thing over to the front and CAREFULLY glue you're two "flaps" down applying a small amount of glue to the edges.

Just one VERY IMPORTANT thing, be sure to test whatever glue you use on a small bit of the pleather, whether it be a scrap or take a small part of the inside hem. If the Superglue and the pleather are made of the same chemical materials it will melt it. Its unlikely but not impossible and actually if you are very careful it could work to your advantage in actually fusing the material together instead of just bonding it.
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[User Picture]From: shinigami81383
2010-07-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
When I say to the edges I mean the underside of the edges. If you manage to get any on the front side it will probably be noticeable and will more than likely be really hard to clean.
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[User Picture]From: mightybutsmall
2010-07-19 12:52 am (UTC)
I'd totally try the superglue way but the jacket is lined D: Sorry I didn't mention that.

As for the stitching method, I'm going to wait a bit because I mentioned the rips to the local tailor and she insisted I bring it in to her ^^; If she decides that there's nothing she can do I'll make a final decision between these methods, they both seem well thought out.

One question about the super glue: since it is lined, would it make more sense to lay it flat and apply the super glue to the lining first and then press the pleather against the lining?
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[User Picture]From: shinigami81383
2010-07-19 02:44 am (UTC)
Honestly I wouldn't since sometimes the lining moves. If anything I would slide a piece of fabric inside (a twill preferably) and then do the same thing.

That is of course depending on what the tailor says.
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[User Picture]From: mightybutsmall
2010-07-19 03:13 am (UTC)
Ah, that's a good idea.

I'll let you know when I've taken it. I might be able to do it tomorrow depending on how late they're open...
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[User Picture]From: mugieloo
2010-07-16 05:02 am (UTC)
Is it the seam or has the pleather pulled up from the backing? I can't really tell from the pictures. If its the pleather pulling up from the backing there's no awesome way to fix it, if its just the seam just put the peices back together and sew as normal.

As it appears to me, its the backing issue. But what shinigami81383 said essentially, that's probably going to be your best best, you will probably have to do routine maintenance sicne pleather is a very fussy beast, but just be gentle with it and it shouldn't rip any further.
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[User Picture]From: mightybutsmall
2010-07-19 12:47 am (UTC)
It is the backing, you are correct. I'll be very gentle with it from now on >.>;
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