What is Invisible mending?
The term “Invisible Mending” dates back more than two centuries and describes the highly skilled and time-consuming method of repairing damage to fabric by taking individual threads from a hem, side seam or other concealed part of the garment of the same type and reweaving them over the damaged area to make as near perfect repairs as possibly can.
There are many other methods of repairing which are often wrongly described as “Invisible”. Proper Invisible Mending skills take many years to perfect. There are no end of local tailors and seamstresses who are “handy with a needle” but that is in no way the same as genuine “Invisible Mending”. When a quality job is called for, only proper Invisible Mending will do.
Where will the threads or fabric come from?
Anytime fabric is available from having the garment tailored is extremely helpful. When this is not possible, material is taken from a hem, inside a pocket or the facing of a sport coat. When necessary, the cuffs of a pair of slacks can be removed in order to have enough material or the proper pattern.
How much does it cost?
We deal with the following sizes of damage and prices vary according to the size of the damaged area. The following measurements represent the diameter.
How do I pay?
After we receive your items, you are contacted by phone or email with the exact cost. You may pay by Master Card, Visa or American Express.
How long does it take?
Invisible mending is the method used not necessarily the end result. On certain fabrics. Especially two tone, the repair can be very noticeable. Areas such as elbows, knees and seats (trousers) can become weak through wear. This could make the damage larger and darker in colour as threads used are taken from a part of the garment which isn’t exposed to sunlight wear or cleaning etc. and are therefore the original colour. Your item will be returned in min of 2 weeks’ time.
All trousers must be clean before sending to us, especially if the mend is near the fly or seat.
Any moth damaged garments must be treated first.
How should I mark the place(s) to be repaired?
Only holes marked with pins or tailors chalk will be rewoven. Examine the garment carefully, holding it up to light if possible. Sometimes there is more damage than meets the naked eye. We will assume that any hole that is not marked is not intended to be rewoven.
Is the job guaranteed?
We guarantee that the re-weave will NOT come out during the normal life of the garment. However, we CAN NOT guarantee that the re-weave will be 100% invisible.