Many people enjoy having a leather jacket to wear on special occasions or on a night out on the town. Jackets made from leather can give an appearance of importance or playfulness depending on the cut and style of the jacket. You will not be too happy with your appearance if there is a rip in your jacket, however.
If you have a jacket that is in need of repair, you may wonder if it is something that you can do yourself rather than take your jacket to a tailor. Here are some instructions you can use to help you get your jacket looking brand-new.
Preparing The Jacket
Before you start to do any repairing, you will want to clean your jacket of any debris that may be on the surface so that the repairing adhesive will stick to the material on the jacket properly. Fill a bowl with water and add some mild detergent to be used to clean your jacket. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to apply the soap mixture to your jacket and brush it into any folds and grooves gently. This will help remove any smoke-film that may have adhered to your jacket.
Buying Your Supplies
Take a trip to your local craft store to get the materials needed to fix your leather jacket. You will want to see if they have a leather repair kit available in a color that matches the color of your jacket, so bring it along when you look for your supplies. If you have a larger hole in your jacket, you will want to buy a patch that can be used to cover it. Also, look for a patch in a close color. You will need to purchase some leather glue, as well.
Repairing Your Jacket
If you are applying a patch to a larger hole, first clip off any extra threads around the compromised area so that they do not peek out from underneath the patch. A patch can be applied using leather glue.
If the damaged area is small, you should be able to fix it using a leather repair kit. Make sure to completely read the instructions enclosed to obtain successful results. Most leather repair kits will come with a cream that will need to be applied directly to the ripped area. Use a cotton swab to apply. Make sure the cream is blended into the existing fibers of the leather to give it a uniform appearance.
To learn more, contact a company like Sew What with any questions you have.