Silk, a natural fiber harvested from the cocoons of silkworms, degrades when exposed to chemicals and acidity, and shreds and deteriorates over time and with exposure to light, for its delicate nature. Although we can use fusible fabrics or silk to repair the holes or tears in silk, we could barely hide the traces of repair. Wash the discoloration or yellowing clothes with vinegar.
Repairing silk fabric with fusible fabric
- Measure the hole with a ruler. Cut a piece of fusible fabric which is larger than the hole.
- Cut the jagged edges to the hole by using embroidery or finger nail scissors, and then turn the item inside out.
- Place the silk on the ironing board, let the wrong side of the garment or fabric face you. Pull the edges of the holes as close together as possible without puckering the silk.
- Press the edges of the rip/hole flat.
- Press the edges of the rip/hole flat with cloth.
- Place the fusible fabric over the hole. Spray the cloth with water, and place it on the top of the fusible fabric patch. Then, press iron on the cloth.
- Finally, remove the cloth and turn the garment or fabric right side out.
Repairing silk fabric with silk
- Measure the hole with a ruler, and cut a triangular of silk larger than the hole.
- Cut the jagged edges to the hole by using embroidery or finger nail scissors. Place the silk on a flat surface with the right side of the silk facing you. Thread a needle with a thread, and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
- Place the triangle patch over the hole. Fold the other two edges under and pin.
- Sew the jagged edges of the hole/rip on the inside of the patch with the needle.
Handle discolored silk
- Place discolored silk in a container, then fill it with cold water, and add some detergent. Next, gently knead and loosely squeeze the silk in the water. Finally, rinse it in cool water to remove all detergent.
- Fill contain with cold water, add half a cup of white vinegar to it. Gently move the silk in the mixture water. Rinse the item in cold water.
- Use a clean towel to extract excess water from the silk garment.
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