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May 29, 2013
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Hey everyone,

I've been repairing my own gear for years, and have known how to sew since I was about 10 years old, yet I have never worked with anything with significant stretch.

After a year and a half of hard use, my Patagonia Rock Crafts have a hole worn in the back pocket. Patagonia is dropping some fabric scraps in the mail so I can patch it myself.

Anyone know of good/best practices for patchign stretcy fabric, especially in a place that sees a lot of stretching? I'd be afriad the stitching would limit the stretch, tear out, and make the hole bigger.

Any thoughts?
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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May 29, 2013
Following up a new route out in the Mojave Desert....
John Marsella wrote:
Decent machines have special stitches for stretchy fabrics. I suppose you need to pay attention to the direction of the stretch, too?


Yeah, with wear it is it'd be a pain with my machine...

I guess I'll just try to do a zig-zag stitch by hand like my machine does.... god it'll be ugly, hah.
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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May 29, 2013
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Sometimes you can get away with using a straight stitch but stretching the material as you sew it. Thicker materials tend to work better with this technique. Tosch Roy
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May 30, 2013
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Thanks for the tips, everyone. I guess I should tear the pocket off, repair it, and so it back on with the same stitching that Patagonia used at the factory.

If I'm lucky, they'll send me a scrap big enough to just sew on a new pocket.
Davis Stevenson
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May 30, 2013
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Seam grip ain't good enough for you? Ben Beckerich
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May 30, 2013
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I know how to sew... might as well do it right? Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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May 30, 2013
Sew it up! Major props to you for making the effort and saving some frogskins! I'd think of it like sewing up a 5.10 handcrack on lead. Use your rope to hook it together but remember about drag! Sewing isn't much different than leading from a theoretical point of view when dealing with stretchy stuff. Except for the danger factor. Wheee! SavageMarmot
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I'm not a seamstress, but I am married to one.
Mrs. Erectus suggests finding someone with a serger.
The stitching works well with streatchy fabrics such as fleece.
And match the fabric's streatch as John mentioned.
Tom-onator
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Jun 4, 2013
Following up a new route out in the Mojave Desert....
Tom-o Erectus wrote:
I'm not a seamstress, but I am married to one. Mrs. Erectus suggests finding someone with a serger. The stitching works well with streatchy fabrics such as fleece. And match the fabric's streatch as John mentioned.


Thanks for the tips-- Patagonia sent enough fabric to replace the pocket, I might drop 'em off at the alterations place that's done some of my gear repair in the past. It's in such a high-wear area I might as well have it done right the first time.
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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