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From: ninifav
Date: 01-17-2005, 12:15 AM (1 of 2)
I have a wonderful tweed coat that belonged to my husbands uncle..It had been purchased at one of the finer department stores of the time...The coat must be 60 yrs old--at least -- and is still in good condition...
My 25yr old son wants to wear it; but when he did, the lining began to rip...upon further inspection, the lining is in good condition; it appears that the thread that was used to sew the lining together and in some instances the lining to the coat itself...well, that is what has deteriorated...
I don't think that it is necessary to replace the lining (plus I think that it would be a job waay over my head!!) I want to try to hand sew all of the seams and attachments by hand...Any suggestions on what thread type...or any other ideas...the coat is a classic and looks just wonderful on my son...Anyone repaired older (or as it is called "vintage") clothing???

TIA ( not older but "vintage") Paula :wink:
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
From: paroper
Date: 01-17-2005, 10:51 AM (2 of 2)
I don't know what others would recommend. I would probably look for a cotton thread just because that is probably what the coat was sewn with in the begining. Cotton will wear and in a short amount of time will look like it was "always" in the coat. However, a poly thread will stand up well, not wear and over time will be there. To me it is a judgement call. If there is a chance the thread will show however, I would use the cotton. If you look for an antique or vintage thread which you might be able to find some place, the thread itself will not be as strong because of age.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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