You have invested in a top-quality leather jacket a few years or a few months back. But alas, there’s a tear on your favorite leather jacket! Relax, it does not mean an end of it all! To get over such a situation, a leather jacket professional has to be your first choice.
However, if you have an heirloom quality leather jacket in need of repair and you cannot find a professional for the repair, or you are a DIY magician, here are few tips to help to sail across the distress and achieve a well-done repair. Read further to learn about a stepwise way to mend your leather jacket quickly.
When you buy a leather jacket on sale in the latest designs from a reputable shop, you want to take good care of it, and if it gets damaged due to a tear, here’s a list of what you will need in the first place for a DIY repair.
- Sewing needle
- Fingernail scissors or seam ripper
- Fabric scrap
- Fabric glue
- Scotch tape or painters tape
1. Reset the ripped leather edges: With the blunt end of the needle, put the torn leather back into place as nicely as you can. Now apply the tape over the tear to hold it in place. Before you apply the tape, make sure you press it on your skin first to ensure that excess glue is removed.
2. Check the tear from the interior: Turn the jacket inside out and hold the area where the leather is ripped. Check for any seam near the tear. If there is one, use the seam ripper to neatly open up the seam on the inside of the tear. If there is no seam, use the fingernail scissors to carefully cut a hole into the lining to access the torn leather part.
3. Patch using the fabric: Glue the patch of the scrap fabric to cover the tear. The fabric should be larger than the tear to adhere to and patch the tear properly. Let the patch get adequately glued. Hold it for a few moments to support it.
4. Repair on the exterior: Turn the jacket outside again. Remove the tape. Gently open the tear edges and use a gumdrop to glue between the fabric and the torn leather edges. Wipe away all the excess gum. Leave the patch to set and dry for several hours. Do not use a hairdryer or any other heat source to dry it fast as hot air or other heat sources will permanently damage the leather.
5. Close the repair on the inside: After the patch has dried completely, turn the jacket inside-out to stitch the hole in the lining to close it. You do not bother too much about it as it is concealed for the most part, and only you are aware of it.
To keep your old leather jackets in splendid condition, all you have to do is condition your leather jacket regularly. If you have your heart set on trendy designs of men’s hooded leather jackets, you need to learn about the right ways to care for them as well. Based on how you use your leather jacket, use a leather conditioner every 3 to 6 months. It keeps your jacket supple and fresh and also prevents tears. Happy styling for a long time to come!