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Repairing a down jacket - best method?

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Ayescotty9 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 15

I have a quarter sized half-moon rip in the nylon of my Eddie Bauer Downlight jacket.
My wife is a great seamstress and has offered to use some thread to sew it up. Is this the best repair method for such a coat?
Thanks for your suggestions!
Scott

Skibo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 5

Tight stitches will work fine.  The common alternative is Tenacious Tape.  Dirtbag alternative is duct tape.

Ska ggs · · New Haven, CT · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 60

A lot of places sell these kinda patch kits, worked for me on several patches for several years.
https://www.rei.com/product/846492/gear-aid-tenacious-tape-patches

Mike Stephan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 431

Try fabric glue.  Most fabric glues are permanent and machine washable.  You can stitch it after you apply the glue if you want to reinforce it, but the glue should be adequate.  I have used this method on smaller rips on the same type of jacket and it has worked well.

Cpn Dunsel · · Salting The Earth Beneath Y… · Joined Jan 2003 · Points: 135

Patch it.  Best and most economic solution.

Pat Light · · Charlottesville, VA · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 0

If you patch it with Tenacious Tape or another sticky patch (I think Gear Aid makes a GORETEX one in addition to Tenacious), remember to cut the patch into a round shape. Corners catch and pull off eventually!

Ted Wilson · · Ovilla, Tx · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 548

Gorilla Duct Tape is the best method

Ayescotty9 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 15

Thanks all!

Jared Chrysostom · · Charleston, SC · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 5

I put a crampon point through an Eddie Bauer jacket a few weeks ago, and they exchanged it for me without blinking. Just throwing that out there...

DRusso · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 825
Jared Chrysostom wrote: I put a crampon point through an Eddie Bauer jacket a few weeks ago, and they exchanged it for me without blinking. Just throwing that out there...

I used to work at Eddie Bauer in retail> when a customer sent a jacket back like this we were forced to destroy it(cut it into pieces) and throw it in a dumpster. Not even employees could take it home. Consider that you might get yourself a new jacket but its pretty wasteful in practice.

Señor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10

Tenacious tape is great for this. 

Nick Smolinske · · Flagstaff, AZ · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 10

Tenacious tape is the best fix. I sew for a living and I don't bother with sewn fixes for my down gear.

But don't get the clear tenacious tape, it's stiffer and will peel sooner.

Señor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10
Nick Smolinske wrote: Tenacious tape is the best fix. I sew for a living and I don't bother with sewn fixes for my down gear.

But don't get the clear tenacious tape, it's stiffer and will peel sooner.

Interesting to know that. I have some sitting around from patching a tear in a REI tent "window" on a vestibule. I'll be sure not to use it on garments. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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