"Repairing Klosters"

Repairing Klosters 


On the right lower side of this photo you can see that I have removed some Satin stitches and that I am demonstrating how I pull the new Satin stitch into place. I accidently snipped a ply of the perle cotton on this embroidery, and it shredded and fuzzed up and looked pretty worn because of the shredding. So I snipped the offending shredded stitch and pulled out the Satin stitches just far enough to rethread them and run them under the back of the Klosters. I have the work in a hoop while I am doing this, or a frame with side straps holding the embroidery firmly.

To do the new Satin stitches I learned a little trick that I want to pass on to you. First, read about cutting your work closely and you will see that I do not leave any fabric thread stubs that could interfere with this repair. I either snip the little stubs away or shove them down through the fabric weave. Shoving them down can be a little tedious as can the snipping, you might want to be rested before you start this task. I have learned from experience that it is best to wait until the next session and start these repairs at the beginning of the sewing session when my eyes and hand muscles are not fatigued.

To continue, for the new Satin stitches work from the outside of the Klosters into the cut threads area. Work a little more loosely than you do normally when you complete the Satin stitch, the Satin stitch will naturally seek to reposition itself where the old stitch was, but you may need to take the needle tip and persuade it into place.

To recap, remove and finish the old threads, make sure the cut fabric threads do not have any little stubs that could catch your sewing thread, and sew the new Satin stitch a little more loosely from the outside of the Klosters into the cut area of the embroidery.  

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