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bender

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Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« on: March 02, 2017, 02:40:43 PM »


I'm a sewing novice.  I have a variety pack of needles and can get by with some basic stuff.  This couch fabric is pretty thick, and so is the thread that's loose.  The length of the thread is about 3x the length of the area it came out of, so there seems to be enough to put it back together.  The secondary thread (not sure what that's really called) is much shorter, about 1 inch.  So far, I knotted the two threads together to prevent the thread from coming out further, but these are slippery and it comes right out.

Hopefully some experts here can help me with a DIY fix.

Thanks!

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 08:17:52 AM »
A drop of superglue on the knot will hold it in place if you can't find another solution.

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2017, 10:52:46 AM »
I can think of a couple of ways to fix this.
The first thing to try is to sew with the existing thread like you're about to do... I would use backstitch (there's an explanation here, but if you have trouble understanding it I can try to find a video) to give it the look of machine stitching.  But if your thread is too short, you might be able to pull out spare threads from the inside seams if your couch covers are removable. 

For the loose end, I agree with zolotiyeruki... after reaching the front seam, I'd make a couple of very tiny stitches, tuck the loose end into the seam, and use glue to tack it down.

Edited because I forgot the backstitch link!
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-sew-basic-stitches-221433
« Last Edit: March 04, 2017, 06:43:22 AM by Poundwise »

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 11:43:08 AM »
I can think of a couple of ways to fix this.
The first thing to try is to sew with the existing thread like you're about to do... I would use backstitch (there's an explanation here, but if you have trouble understanding it I can try to find a video) to give it the look of machine stitching.  But if your thread is too short, you might be able to pull out spare threads from the inside seams if your couch covers are removable. 

For the loose end, I agree with zolotiyeruki... after reaching the front seam, I'd make a couple of very tiny stitches, tuck the loose end into the seam, and use glue to tack it down.

Edited because I forgot the backstitch link!
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-sew-basic-stitches-221433

Thanks for the advice and the link.  That page is very useful.  I don't have access to the underside and the couch is pretty firm, so it may be hard to push the needle very far underneath the fabric.  I'll give it a try!

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 02:15:59 PM »
I think that as long as you push the needle horizontally, you won't need access to the other side of the fabric.  If you have trouble pushing it through, try using a thimble (if you have one) so you don't hurt your fingers while applying force.

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2017, 03:46:16 PM »
You can also try to find some curved upholstery needles. They look like bigger versions of the needles doctors use on people and they may make your task easier.

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 06:31:44 PM »


I tried the back stitch - not bad for my first try at this.  I treated the loose knots with a dab of superglue (used a toothpick as an applicator).  It caused one knot to darken in color, maybe used too much there, but no big deal.  It's unnoticeable until you get way up close - hopefully it holds up.

Thanks again for the help!!

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 10:38:28 PM »
Great job!

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Re: Fixing a loose thread on a couch
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 10:53:13 PM »
Very nice!  So glad it worked out for you.

And, as the saying goes, "It'll never be seen on a galloping horse." Only you will know that one speck on the couch is a little darker. I can't even see it in that photo.